IN VINO VERITAS
Saale-Unstrut wine region
This region’s distinctively delicately scented light wines are produced by 50 private wine estates, the winegrowers’ association Winzervereinigung Freyburg, the state-owned Kloster Pforta vineyard, and the “Red Riding Hood” sparkling wine estate Rotkäppchen Sektkellerei. That Saxony-Anhalt offers first-class conditions for wine-growing was a discovery first confirmed in writing by the Ottonens, followers of Emperor Otto III, who planted grape vines here more than a thousand years ago. Today, the northernmost of Germany’s “designated quality” wine regions enjoys an outstanding reputation; its rare red wines are much sought after.
Mild air and mineral-rich soil
The red sandstone and shell limestone soils of the region possess an extraordinary mineral content that makes them an optimally fertile bed for great wines. The climate of southern Saxony-Anhalt is surprisingly mild, with low precipitation and a delightful 1,600 hours of sunshine annually. These conditions led artist Max Klinger to call the region “the Tuscany of the North.”
Quirky huts amid the vines
Are you familiar with vineyard huts? Here in Saale-Unstrut, they are downright quirky and found nearly everywhere and in every size -- even villas perched amid the vines. The many terraced vineyards, necessitated by the narrow river valleys of the Saale and Unstrut, offer unique views of this agricultural landscape. Numerous wine stalls and seasonal al fresco restaurants offer their guests delicious combinations of local wines and light meals.