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Röttgen

single vineyard (also Im Röttgen) in the municipality of Winningen (Burg Cochem area) in the German Moselle wine-growing region. The name is derived from the dialect "Rödchen" (a "small clearing"). The site is relatively young. Prussian soldiers lying in Koblenz had turned a large rock into a vineyard at the request of the mayor of Winningen. White pebbles embedded in one of the many dry stone walls of the "Röttgen" indicate the year of its creation as 1822. The well-known vineyard owner Johann Philipp Bronner (1792-1864) described the site some ten years after its completion full of admiration and enthusiasm as follows: Blasted by powder, and worked by many helping hands in such a way that the whole now forms an excellent vineyard, which was, as it were, wrested from nature by art and human hands. To the passing traveller it seems incomprehensible how these individual parcels of land can be scattered between rocks and often not at all coherent, only cultivated or provided with fertiliser and the like, since they do not seem to be connected with each other at all, but art has conquered all of nature's obstacles.

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