Proschwitz Castle in Saxony
"I am the princess" is how the friendly lady greets us in front of the gate of Proschwitz Castle in Saxony. "Follow me quickly before the thunderstorm approaches!" She looks at the dark clouds that are now getting closer. “I want to see the view from our vineyard beforehand Meissen show. ”We look at each other in surprise. So far we have only been in on our trip through Saxony's castles German We have visited castles that are museums or state-run wineries. But this time it's different. Proschwitz Castle is Saxony's largest private winery, as we soon learn personally from Princess Alexandra zur Lippe. It has been owned by Prince Georg zur Lippe again since 1996. During the GDR era, the prince's parents were imprisoned and later deported to the West. The royal family was expropriated. The castle was looted. After all, it served as a pulmonary hospital and home for the mentally handicapped.
Visiting Schloss Proschwitz
The castle in the vineyards near Meissen is the fourth castle on our castle trip through Saxony. During the day we already visited the Dresdner Zwinger, the state winery Schloss Wackerbarth in Radebeul and the former hunting lodge Moritzburg, We spend the evening and night in this castle and guest house. Princess Alexandra zur Lippe has by no means promised us too much. The view of the Albrechtsburg on the other bank of the Elbe in Meißen is impressive. We look down over one of the privately owned vineyards in Lippeschem to the city of china. Beautifully blooming roses stand on the edge of the rows of vines. "These are not only used for decoration, but are also a kind of early warning system for the vineyard," explains Princess Alexandra. “Pests attack the roses first. So we can do something about it early on. ”
The storm clouds are now getting closer. Princess Alexandra therefore leads us to Proschwitz Castle. There we first look at the park and the castle buildings from the outside. The former servant wing opposite the castle can hardly be distinguished from it, it looks so splendid. Ancient trees give the castle park a venerable appearance. A tunnel has been cut into a hedge of thick bushes, which gives the park baroque charm. From the palace terrace, our gaze wanders over vines down to a pond lined with old trees. But then the first raindrops fall and Princess Alexandra asks us to the castle.
The Baroque Castle of the Princes zur Lippe
"Please excuse. There was an event in the castle yesterday and it hasn't all been cleared, ”says Princess Alexandra, pointing to a few tables and an easel in the entrance hall. Around 500 events take place in this castle every year. The prince family does not live in Proschwitz Castle. This makes them available for all possible events. Here you can get married, attend concerts or even watch coachmen skilfully steer their teams of horses from the castle courtyard through the vineyards.
We can see the restored halls, on whose walls hang tiles, historical paintings, tapestries and portraits of the current castle owners. However, the fireplace room on the first floor is permanently furnished. The remaining rooms will be set up again depending on their use. A show of strength, that the family and the Lippe team accomplish again and again.
The Success Story of Schloss Proschwitz
In the fireplace room, Princess Alexandra finally invites us for a glass of Prosecco from her own winery. She takes her time and tells how she and her husband bought the winery and castle back after the fall of the wall. "It wasn't easy," she says. "Mainly because the residents feared that we would drive them out of the houses they had built on my husband's family during the GDR period." She laughs. "However, that was never our intention."
Instead, they started recultivating the former vineyards. The Proschwitz Castle wines form the basis of their current company. Pinot Gris, Pinot Gris, Gold Riesling and Elbling are grown. They are also experimenting with Chardonnay and Schwarzriesling, which should open up new markets. Jacques du Preez, the cellar master from South Africa, wants to make German sparkling wine from the latter. Weingut Schloss Proschwitz Prinz zur Lippe does not rest on its status as a VDP certified winery. As top winemaker, Dr. Prince Georg zur Lippe doesn't just produce top-quality wines. He is also keen to win younger customers for his wines. He does this with wines whose prices are well below ten euros per bottle. Today more than 500.000 bottles of wine leave the Schloss Proschwitz winery every year.
Stay overnight in the Guest House of Weingut Schloss Proschwitz
The winery, which is a few kilometers away from Schloss Proschwitz Meißen, transformed Prince and Princess zur Lippe into a cozy guest house. The former square courtyard is now an elegant ensemble of restored buildings in which ten double rooms and two holiday apartments are waiting for guests.
Note: The guest house of Weingut Schloss Proschwitz is currently closed.
We are in the "Scheurebe" room in the modern part of the Schloss Proschwitz guest house. A charming room from which we have a direct view of the neighboring garden. Next door is the fruit and vegetable garden of the pastor of Diera-Zehren, a small village about nine kilometers from Meißen. The view of vines, fresh strawberries and red roses enchants us. We almost regret that we only spend one night here. There is a lot to discover in the area. The region is also a paradise for hikers. The hiking opportunities start right at the winery.
For dinner we meet again with Princess Alexandra. With a delicious cold buffet from the winery's kitchen, we try the wines that Gut Proschwitz produces. With Weißburgunder, Müller Thurgau, Dornfelder and a delicious dessert wine, we end the day at Proschwitz Castle near Meißen. There is also a sausage and cheese platter, pies and meatballs and a tomato and mozzarella herb salad.
At the end...
A visit and an overnight stay at Proschwitz Castle make our visit to the baroque palaces of Saxony an impressive experience. We recommend that you end a trip to this region with a stay in this castle. The gardens and the vineyard of the castle are also accessible to non-guests. The castle staff is courteous and friendly to help with questions. However, the castle itself is only open for events. An overnight stay in the guest house of the winery makes this visit complete. We felt very welcome and comfortable there. The next day, our bus driver also confirmed the impression we had of the castle and its owners. "Prince and Princess Zur Lippe are very popular with the people here." We believe him immediately.
Also check out Petar's video. There you get to know Schloss Proschwitz and its owners even better:
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