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Wachtelberg

At the beginning of the 14th century, the Cistercian order brought viticulture to the Mark Brandenburg. This encompassed the largest part of the present-day federal state of Brandenburg in northeastern Germany. From the beginning of the 15th century, the Hohenzollerns took over and promoted viticulture. In this context, many electoral vineyards were created and from then on, Mark wines were never lacking at the electoral table. By the end of the 17th century there were still over 100 hectares of vineyards in the Mark. At the beginning of the 18th century it became the core province of the Kingdom of Prussia. With the founding of the GDR, Brandenburg became part of the new state, but the part east of the Oder-Neisse line fell to Poland. After reunification, the federal state of Brandenburg was created in 1990. The last vines froze to death in the extremely cold winter of 1955/1956. It was not until 1985 that vineyards were planted again on what was then four hectares of land in the Werderan Wachtelberg.

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