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Franconia (Franken) is a wine region in Bavaria, Germany. Though to most people Bavaria is synonymous with beer, there is a rich viticultural history in the region, dating back at least to Roman times. In the Medieval era, a document dated in the 770s records a winery that was a gift from Charlemagne to the Fulda monastery. Throughout Germany, as in most of Europe at the time, it was the various religious orders who promoted wine production. This is also home to the famous Steinwein, from the famous Würzburger Stein vineyard.
Franconia is divided into three subregions (Bereich), which follow the Main river: Maindreieck (the “Main Triangle”) the largest, Mainviereck the warmest and best suited for red grapes, and Steigerwald along the Alpine forest. Along with an eventful history, there is evidence Franconia had an interesting geological one. It is believed some of it was once largely underwater, as evidenced from the limestone soil composition with lots of shell deposits Read more »

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  • Müller-Thurgau

    This variety was developed by Dr. Hermann Muller in 1882. When naming the new grape, he added the name of the Swiss c...

  • Silvaner

      Grape: Silvaner Color: White Synonyms: Sylvaner, Gruner Silvaner Main Regions: Germany (Franke...

  • Scheurebe

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Hartwig Martin

    Winzer The village belongs to the "romantic pearls" of the Franconian wine country. Visitors to t...

  • Kremers Winzerhof

    Eingebettet in den Ausläufern des Spessarts, dem Kloster Engelberg und dem Mainvorland liegt unse...

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