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single vineyard in the municipality of Erbach in the German wine-growing region of Rheingau. The name dates back to the 13th century and is a reminder of the "Markenburne" well between Erbach and Hattenheim. A curious border dispute arose over it between the two municipalities in 1810, which is still visible today. Erbach had the following inscription carved in stone on their side of the well: Marcobrunn Gemeinde Erbach. In response, the people of Hattenheim wrote on their side of the well: That's the way it is, that's the way it should be. For Erbach the water, for Hattenheim the wine. The name Marcobrunn was already a sign of quality in the 18th century and was mentioned on labels as early as 1726. Prominent visitors to this single vineyard were Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), who was ambassador to France at the time and later became the third US president, the Shakespeare translator August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767-1845), the poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) and the writer Theodor Fontane (1819-1898). The latter made a declaration of love to wine: " It is wonderful what punches the heart can take when you can parry every blow with a bottle of Marcobrunn".

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