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Graacher Himmelreich

See under Kingdom of Heaven.

Popular single-vineyard designation in Germany and also in Austria (here there are 14 vineyards with this name). In addition to the four described in detail below, there are also single vineyard sites of this name in Germany in the municipalities or growing regions of Bretzfeld, Dimbach, Hertmannsweiler, Langenbeutingen (all Württemberg), Krum (Franconia), Schwabbach, Siebeneich (Württemberg), St. Aldegund (Mosel), Stettfeld (Baden), Waldbach (Württemberg) and Zeutern (Baden).

Graach - Moselle (Bernkastel)

The name derives from a Celtic term for "small hill". Only later was a religious, Christian meaning constructed from it. The name symbolises above all the high and exposed location. The current size of the vineyards was not determined until 1922, when the number of vineyard names was reduced from 70 to only 16. The south-facing vineyards at 110 to 260 metres above sea level with slopes of 50 to 65% cover 57 hectares of vineyards. The medium-textured, stony clay-slate weathered soils are partly interspersed with blue slate. The picture shows the municipality of Graach with its single vineyards...

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