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Hofkeller is one of the three large wineries in Würzburg city. Their shop and tasting room and administration are located in the side building on the northwestern corner of Residenzplatz. The cellars where their wines are stored are still the historical cellars of the Prince Bishops underneath the Residenz, designed by Balthasar Neumann (repaired after the war, of course).
The winery is now owned by the State of Bavaria. In the secularization of 1803 the property of the Prince Bishop and the abbeys in the region was taken over by the Bavarian Kings, whose property was then taken over in 1918 by the newly founded state of Bavaria. That?s why the winery has vineyards all over Franconia. Their treasure, however, is Würzburger Schlossberg, the vineyard on the slope below Marienberg Fortress towards the river, of which they are sole possessors. (You will take or have taken a photo of this vineyard for sure!)
Guided tours of the cellars and wine tastings are offered. We had a special appointment because I was with a large group. Check Hofkeller website (in German, sorry) for the options for individual visitors; tours are offered on Fri, Sat and Sun from March to December several times a day.
The cellars still contain lots of historical barrels, the oldest dating from the 30 Year War. Everything was illuminated with candles, very atmospheric.
The wine tasting was a bit disappointing, though (or my expectations were too high). We received a glass of bubbly in the beginning, then were shown round the cellars and sat on long benches where we were given three wines without any explanations apart from a printed leaflet. Anyway, the wines were of good quality, although they served their simpler wines. Tasty bread was provided in abundance.
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