Preface to german wine
Our oldest cultural drink wine has fans among young and old people. A study by the market research institute SPLENDID RESEARCH GmbH, 2018 in Germany, found out that wine drinkers hardly know brands and wineries. According to the survey, the German customers are ready to pay about 8 € for a bottle of wine in the supermarkets. 51 percent prefere to drink Riesling, 36 percent are lovers of Merlot. The Pinot Noir ranked third place. There are many more studies on this topic. In Germany, ALDI (North and South) has been the largest wine merchant for many years. The British ALDI boss reports in 2016: "Wine brings us middle-class customers", while some customers enter the supermarket for the first time.
In the Roman Empire, Trier (Augusta Treverorum) rose to the world city. Daily consumption of wine, many banquets, which were accompanied with good wines, led to a growing demand for excellent wines. Thanks to wine a new cultural heritage was created - the vineyards in steep slopes. Celts and Romans cultivated such vineyards in the area of the Moselle. These beautiful landscapes along the Moselle are very varied. If you change your position, you will enjoy different landscapes every time and that during all 4 seasons! Wine is my favourite topic. I love dealing with it because of the beautiful cultural landscapes, of the fine aroma of the wine and its history.
Impot and export of wines were problematic in the past because of the transport, wine defects in the production and its preservation (Moselle wines were very popular in Rome). I will tell later why this topic still concerns many clever people today. Many events followed the topic of wine. Among others was the witch hunting. Women in low ranks were punished with death for bad weather and crop failures.
Napolen expropriated the churches and sold their possessions and their vineyards. All those wars hurt our wine culture considerably. Father of Karl Marx owned a vineyard (in the area of Trier-Ruwer), and as far as is known, Karl Marx gladly enjoyed some glasses of this wonderfull product. In his early years he saw from his parents' house how impoverished winemakers vegetated in the slums of Porta Nigra. Bad weather conditions were often unable to compensate the poor winemakers. How far it had an impact on Karl Marx is of course pure speculation.
I have been tasting Rieslings from the Mittelmosel for over 30 years. Without gaining any commercial benefits, I will gladly pass on my experience and that of fellow gourmets (and sommeliers). We give our recommendations exclusively of those winemakers, whose wines we know and appreciate for a long time.
Did you know that vines are cultivated in Germany on an area of about 100,000 hectares (1 ha = 10,000 square meters)? It is mainly the father Rhine with its tributaries that ensure a total of 9,000,000 hectoliters (1 hl = 100 liters) of wine a year. White wine varieties dominate with 65% to 35% over the red ones. The whole wine area is divided into 13 wine-growing regions. Around 24,000,000 hectoliters of wine are consumed every year in Germany. That makes us the largest wine importer in the world. The interested ones who are unfamiliar with German wine, will be pleased with some explanations and tips.
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