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Pfarrkirche St.KillianBaroque architecture

Before heading off to Volkach we make a little trip to Theres, a small community that has an interesting selection of buildings from the Baroque period. As this period covered 200 years of building history, the range of designs and decorations are quite remarkable. This can be seen mainly in the numerous churches and wayside shrines in the region. Because a lot of church properties were privatised in the early 19th century, many of them are now privately or commercially owned and operated. Interesting examples to view are on the main road (Bundesstrasse 17)) the Catholic vicarage from 1750, St. Killian church (1728/30)  and along the cycle path the Crucification group attributed to Johann Peter Wagner.

Untertheres_KreuzigungsgruppeTraditional wine growing region

We are now moving into the driest and hottest wine growing region in Germany and will discover what kind of wines this climate can produce. Our trip will take us through the village of Fahr, home of the ‘world famous’ Bocksbeutel. This intriguing bottle shape is protected in Europe and used for only a few specific wines.

The name is of particular interest, as its origin can be referenced to two different words: one denominates a bag to protect prayer or song books (Booksbüdel) while the other implies that it looks like a ram’s scrotum (Bokesbudel). As both explanations can be reasonably proven, it seems that both contributed to its modern day usage.frankenwein

Our destination for today, Volkach, has been the historic wine growing centre of the region since the 17th century and has renewed its fame for making excellent white wines, especially, but not exclusively, Silvaner, whose reputation suffered a bit from the Liebfrauenmilch debacle in the 70’s. Modern wine makers now are using its subtle flavours to produce elegant wines that are easily matched with foods and becoming more and more appreciated. Other varieties that grow well here are Müller-Thurgau, Riesling and Traminer, all very specific and interesting tasting grapes. And for those of you who want to know more specific details about the huge range of wines and grapes here’s a very interesting and informative web site.

Maria_im_WeingartenEven in the Middle Ages Volklach has been a very popular tourist spot due to its numerous food markets, parish fairs and pilgrimages to the local church Maria in the vineyard. This has continued through to the 20th and 21st century with a lot of local wine and food festivals catching the visitors’ eyes and palates. Let your travel guide advise you what’s on special and enjoy the delicacies.

Author: Petra Alsbach-Stevens

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zell mosel (800x531)Zell and its famous cat

The city Zell has been around since Roman times, ~70AD, distinguishing itself through quiet perseverance in the face of changing rulers throughout the millennia. Until the 19th century when legend has it that in 1863 after an extensive tasting tour some wine merchants could not decide which wine to buy. During a snack break a black cat entered the cellar, sat on a cask and defended it ferociously. The merchants decided that that was the cask to get and bought it. The wine sold so successfully that they bought more of the wines from that particular growing area. Ultimately that region, “Grosslage”, was named after the black cat and a trademark was born.zell cat

Winegrowing – tourism

Both play an important role in the economy of the region, with Riesling wines the dominant variety produced here and the city’s picturesque buildings maintained beautifully to attract visitors. The success of these two is the foundation of the establishment of other industries in the closer region, like plastic manufacturers and craft businesses. We think this is a wonderful little place to discover and if you want to hear someone else’s opinion as well, here’s an article by a fellow Kiwi traveler.

Author: Petra Alsbach-Stevens

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