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Winklerberg

Singular situation in the municipality Ihringen (area Kaiserstuhl) in the German cultivation area Baden. The Winklerberg forms the southern foothills of the Kaiserstuhl. Ernst Georg Lydtin, a doctor from Ihringen, rendered great services in the reclamation of the land. In 1813 he acquired part of a former Dolorit quarry and planted vineyards. In the course of time, the area was constantly cleared and in some places the ground was fortified with retaining walls up to eight metres high. The Winklerberg, which is completely protected against the cold north winds, is considered the warmest German location with an almost subtropical climate. This was established by Professor Dr. Karl Müller (1881-1955), the head of the Institute of Viticulture in Freiburg in the period from 1928 to 1932 through on-site investigations. The vineyards, which are oriented west-northwest to southeast, as well as in the steep terraces mainly oriented southwest, at an altitude of 190 to 295 meters above sea level with 0 to 80% slope inclination, comprise 117 hectares of vineyard area. The site was considerably extended in the course of the land consolidation and is quite varied due to its size. Volcanic weathering soils with silicate inclusions predominate in the historic Winklerberg, while loess soils predominate on the high plateau. It is mainly the Burgundy varieties that are cultivated. The vineyards Dr. Heger, Gebrüder Müller, Karle Gerhard, Pix Reinhold and Stigler Andreas, for example, have a share in the site.

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