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Stein (single location Germany)

Popular name for single locations in the German-speaking world, especially in Germany. The name is probably mostly due to a stony vineyard soil.

Würzburg (area Maindreieck) in Franconia

This single location is certainly the most famous and best known called Stein. Wines from the legendary "Würzburger Stein" have been known for many centuries under the name "Steinwein". Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) loved this wine. In this regard he wrote to his wife Christiane: "No other wine will taste good to me and I am annoyed when I run out of my favourite drink". However, he did not mention any grape variety, so it could have been a Silvaner or a Riesling but theoretically also another variety. A sweet Würzburger Stein vintage 1540 was probably also the oldest wine that was ever drunk and enjoyed. The year was so exceptionally hot that the Rhine dried up and could be crossed on foot. The wine was made from overripe grapes, kept in a barrel for a very long time and was only bottled in the 17th century. The last of these were owned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria (1786-1868). The London wine merchant Ehrmann bought them at an auction.

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