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Innere Leiste

single vineyard in the municipality of Würzburg (Maindreieck area) on the southern side of the former bishop's residence Marienberg in the German wine-growing region of Franconia. It was once owned by the Bavarian royal family. It has been competing for first place with the famous Stein vineyard for centuries. Both produce top wines, with those from the Inner Leiste being said to be more sweet and those from the Stein more powerful and fiery. The name derives from the elongated shape along the slope. In former times there were the three layers of rock ledge, inner ledge and outer ledge, which were later combined under the present name. The centrepiece is the actual Innere Leiste, which was not used for growing vines until the 18th century, while the surrounding Äußere Leiste had already been planted 100 years earlier.

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