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Frederick II the Great

The Prussian King Frederick II, posthumously "The Great" (1712-1786) was one of the greatest wine lovers of his time. He had three vineyards planted in his park in Potsdam (Brandenburg). First, on the former Wüsten Berg, were the world-famous six broad terraces of vineyards with the Sanssouci Palace, completed in 1747 and fortified with retaining walls. It was divided into six wide terraces with retaining walls and planted with foreign fruit and grape varieties. However, the yields fell short of expectations. This is also where Frederick II's final resting place is in a crypt. There is a wine cellar under the palace. To the east of this, a small vineyard known as the Winzerberg was then planted in 1763 on the former Mühlenberg. Finally, in 1769, on the southern slope of the Klausberg, which is crowned by the famous Belvedere built between 1770 and 1772, the present Royal Vineyard followed. Today, this vineyard is recultivated and run by gardeners from Mosaik-Berlin GmbH. Since 2011, wine has also been made from the grapes.

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