"Bocksbeutel, the Typical Franconian Wine Bottles" Top 5 Page for this destination Würzburg Local Custom Tip by Kathrin_E

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  19th century Bocksbeutel bottles
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  • 19th century Bocksbeutel bottles - Würzburg
      19th century Bocksbeutel bottles
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  • Wine bottles around 1900 - Würzburg
      Wine bottles around 1900
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  • A modern Bocksbeutel - Würzburg
      A modern Bocksbeutel
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  • How to hold the bottle when pouring the wine - Würzburg
      How to hold the bottle when pouring the wine
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The Bocksbeutel is the typical bottle that is used for Franconian wines. In Germany only Franconia uses it, plus Badisch Franconia (= the Tauber valley, the part of Baden-Württemberg adjacent to Franconia, and four villages on the southern edge of Baden-Baden that have the right to use it.
Such bottles are also common in Portugal. In Greece and Italy they used for a few wines.

The bottle has a short neck and a big flattened belly, similar to the shape of a field bottle or canteen. They have been in use in Franconia since the early 18th century. A wine has to meet certain quality criteria to obtain the permission for being bottled in Bocksbeutel.
About the origins of the name there are various interpretations. The most popular one derives the name from the scrotum of the male goat or ram ("Bock"). A "Beutel" is a bag. (The other explanations are boring, so I won't bother you with them.)

The first two photos show historical Bocksbeutel. I took these photos in Mainfränkisches Museum where they are on display. The third photo has a modern example, the contents of which I am enjoying while I am writing this tip.

When pouring wine from a Bocksbeutel, hold the bottle in horizontal position as shown in photo 4. The hand grabs the bottom of the bottle.

Zum Wohl! (To your well-being - a common toast among wine connoisseurs.)

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  • Updated Apr 14, 2011
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