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single vineyard in the municipality of Thörnich (Bernkastel area) in the German Moselle wine-growing region. The name is derived from the medieval word "Steinrutze" meaning "to slide stones". Again and again, brittle rocks slide down the extremely steep terrain into the valley. For this reason, no land consolidation with path construction can be carried out, because the paths would slide down. Wines from the Thörnicher Ritsch were drunk in the English royal family at the time of Queen Victoria at the beginning of the 20th century. The site became famous in 1956 when the then German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) travelled to Moscow with 20 bottles of the 1953 vintage and was able to persuade the Russian head of government Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971) to release the last German prisoners of war with this guest gift.

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