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  Alberich Degen plants the first Silvaner vine
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  • Alberich Degen plants the first Silvaner vine - Würzburg
      Alberich Degen plants the first Silvaner vine
    by Kathrin_E
  • Alberich Degen plants the first Silvaner vine - Würzburg
      Alberich Degen plants the first Silvaner vine
    by Kathrin_E
  • Würzburger Stein vineyard - Würzburg
      Würzburger Stein vineyard
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  • A glass of Silvaner - Würzburg
      A glass of Silvaner
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The Silvaner is Franconia?s most famous and most typical variety of wine, although other regions also produce significant amounts, like Rheinhessen and Alsace. In fact it is one of the oldest varieties and was already known to the ancient Romans. The Silvaner?s reputation has been ruined in the 1970s due to overproduction of sweet crap for the export like the infamous ?Liebfraumilch?. In the meantime many vintners have found a different approach. The Silvaner grape can produce elegant wines that go well with many meals. Good Silvaner wines are dry or very dry. The colour is a pale greenish yellow. The taste varies, it depends a lot on the ?terroir?, the soil and the geological formation of each individual vineyard, which makes sampling them interesting. Herbs, citrus notes and such can be tasted, some even have an almost ?dirty? taste from the content of minerals.

The Silvaner grape was brought to Franconia in the 17th century. The first who planted them in Würzburg?s best known vineyard, Würzburger Stein, was Alberich Degen, the abbot of Ebrach monastery, in 1665. His deed which made history in the world of wine is honoured with a rather hidden monument. A modern statue that shows Alberich planting a vine has been put up along the ?vineyard trail? that leads up to Marienberg fortress. It is behind the double gate round the southeastern corner of the hill, in the spot from where you have the best view of Käppele.

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  • Written Jun 15, 2011
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