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Ways to wine in the city of Würzburg

Franconia fountain in front of the residence in the city of Würzburg
Franconia fountain in front of the residence on our wine tour through Würzburg

Wine tour Wuerzburg

This Würzburg wine tour is one of them Enjoyment trip in Franken like a scoop with dumplings or a Franconian sauerbraten. Franconia is one Bavarian Enjoyment region and offers, in addition to tasty dishes, various types of beer and excellent wines. So what could be more natural than us on our journey through the Franconian wine country with the camper to show the ways to wine in Würzburg? We are led to the wine places in Würzburg by Dorothea Eberlein. In her honor, she is a Würzburger, wine connoisseur and tour guide in her hometown.

Thüngersheimer Johannisberg on our wine tour Würzburg
Thüngersheimer Johannisberg in the Staatliche Hofkeller on our wine tour Würzburg

Hidden paths to wine in the city of Würzburg

We meet Dorothea Eberlein at the Franconia fountain in front of the residence in the city center. Only a few steps away is the Staatliche Hofkeller. In it we taste the first wine on our wine tour. A sip Thüngersheimer Johannisberg, a location that is edited by the Würzburger Hof cellar. We learn a lot about winegrowing in and around Würzburg. We hear from the first layers as well as from the four types of soil on which the Würzburg wines thrive.



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Lively and delicate are the wines that grow on the primary rock at the Lower Main. Earthy and elegant they taste when they thrive on the Muschelkalk in and around Würzburg. Finally, the wines from the Gipskeuper Steigerwald are fruity. The red wines from the Buntsandsteinboden of the Mainviereck taste both luscious and full-bodied. We learn how the prince-bishops of Würzburg earned in the wine trade, just as they built their city with this wealth. In the wine cellar of the State Court Cellar we can guess how great the influence of these church princes was. At least they were not popular, the ecclesiastical gentlemen. They preferred to live in the Marian fortress, which lies outside the city walls on the hill above the city. There they were safe from the population of their city.

On a glass of wine in the hockerle
For a glass of wine in the Hockerle - insider tips for your Würzburg wine tour

For a drink in the "Hockerle"

Its wine bars are as varied as the wine locations of the city of Würzburg. On our walk we leave the Bürgerspital Weinstube on the right. Instead, we go a few steps further to the "Hockerle", a small wine bar that has cult status in Würzburg. "The people of Würzburg come here when they are out shopping in the city," explains Dorothea. “Then you get a bottle of wine at the tap. You sit down in the chamber and have a chat with friends. ”There are no fine wines here. "Instead, you always meet people you know," we learn. We take a seat on green-painted wooden benches and try a sip of the house wine. You can get a glass of it - depending on the type - at a price of between 2,70 and 3,20 euros per bottle at the counter.

Enjoyment in the citizen hospital of the city of Würzburg
Enjoyment in the citizen hospital of the city of Würzburg

Wine bar for the benefit of the poor in the citizen hospital

Right next door is the wine shop of the Bürgerspital. This already exists since 1316. It was initiated as a charitable foundation for the poor of John and Mergardis of Steren. It was supposed to help the hungry and sick inhabitants of the city. If someone wanted his portion of wine per day in the city of Würzburg, he had to follow strict rules. If you did not follow the instructions, water was mixed into the wine. If that did not help either, the wine ration was canceled. In the meantime the citizen hospital is a place for seniors. However, the strictness of the authorities has given way to enjoyment and well-being. Old and young like to meet in the courtyard of the Bürgerspital for a day in a pleasant environment.

A glass of wine at Maulaffenbäck
A glass of wine at Maulaffenbäck

Bring Your Own at the Maulaffenbäck

The sign "Weinstube Maulaffenbäck" tells the story of a Würzburg tradition. However, this is slowly dying out. In the past, the bakers of the city of Würzburg were also allowed to sell wine. The name on the sign expresses this. There were numerous baker's wine bars in the city. The customers brought theirs there Brotzeit to wine with her - similar to beer gardens today. However, since the rental and lease prices in the city are now expensive, the bakery economies can no longer afford if their guests consume nothing but a glass of wine. Therefore, they slowly disappear, the old-Franconian bakery wine taverns. The Maulaffenbäck is therefore one of the last of its kind.

What you need for a visit to Würzburg

  • You will be walking a lot in Würzburg. Therefore are comfortable shoes important.
  • If you are planning an elegant evening, then you should comfortable pumps .
  • Würzburg wines are the best souvenirs. In one City backpack one or the other bottle can be easily transported.
  • There are many photo opportunities in the city. Yours camera you shouldn't forget.
  • In summer it can get hot in Würzburg and the sun often shines. On sun hat does good service.

Waiting for a kinked on the market square of the city of Würzburg
Waiting for a kinked on the market square of the city of Würzburg

Waiting for a crooked

On the market square we see a long line of people waiting in front of a sausage stand: "Here's the kink," laughs Dorothea Eberlein. "The Würzburg answer to the Regensburg, Nuremberg and Vienna sausages." It was invented by master butcher Karl Knüpfling, who sold them mainly at his stand on the Würzburg market square. Until he fell victim to the sausage. In 2006, the inventor suffocated the nodded man trying to repair a fat cutter while making his sausage. However, his invention is still popular today. The long queue proves it.

Wild boar ham and mountain cheese for Würzburg wine
Wild boar ham and mountain cheese for Würzburg wine

We reserve the taste of this Würzburg sausage specialty for another visit to Würzburg and let us instead taste wild boar ham, spicy salami and mountain cheese to the Würzburg wine.

Townhouses in the city of Würzburg
Townhouses in the city of Würzburg

Exquisite Würzburg wines from the Juliusspital

Our paths to wine lead past Rococo buildings and town houses in the Balthasar Neumann style to the Juliusspital. Similar to the Bürgerspital, which we see at the beginning of our wine tour through Würzburg, the Juliusspital was founded as a foundation for the poor and the sick. Initiator of this donation was the Würzburg prince bishop Julius Echter of Mespelbrunn (1545 - 1617). He simply bought the Judengarten in front of the city and declared it a building plot. To this day, the proceeds of the winery belonging to the foundation contribute to the financing of the clinic and the seniors' congregation.

Bring Your Own in the Weinstube Juliusspital
Bring Your Own in the Weinstube Juliusspital

The quality of these wines is also due to the splendor of this hospital. Its splendor dwarfs the idyllic ambience of the Bürgerspital. The winery of the Juliusspital Foundation is also Germany's second largest winery with an acreage of 177 hectares. Its vineyards are among the most prestigious vineyards in Franconia. In addition, the winery is one of the VDP.Prädikatsweingüter Germany and thus belongs to the best wineries in the country. In the wine bars Juliusspital opposite the hospital we can taste one of the wines - with homemade sausage and white bread. Typically Würzburg, so!

View from the Alte Mainbrücke to the Marienfestung
View from the Alte Mainbrücke to the Marienfestung

With the view from the Alte Main bridge on the fortress Marienberg on the hill on the other main bank we finally say goodbye to Dorothea Eberlein after an enjoyable tour through the city of Würzburg. If you want to experience the Würzburg wine yourself, you can join one of Dorothea's guided tours.

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Do you want to find out more about winegrowing in Würzburg and the surrounding area?

You can find literature about it here:

  • Helmut Försch, Jewish wine trade in Würzburg. An encounter with the past, Würzburg 2014
  • Markus Frankl, Würzburg and wine in the late Middle Ages, in: Markus Frankl / Martina Hartmann in conjunction with Dorothea Klein (ed.), Herbipolis. Studies on the city and Hochstift Würzburg in the late Middle Ages and early modern times (publications from the college "Middle Ages and Early Modern Times" 1), Würzburg 2015, 273-309
  • Werner Lutz, The History of Viticulture in Würzburg in the Middle Ages and in the Modern Era until 1800 (Mainfränkische Hefte 43), Würzburg 1965.
  • Hermann Hoffmann (ed.), Würzburg police sets. Commandments and regulations of the Middle Ages 1125-1495 (publications of the Society for Franconian History X / 5), Würzburg 1955
  • Bernd Weisensee, winemaker Freud - winemaker sorrow. Franconian viticulture and its harvests in 1200 wine years. Weather - quantity - quality, Würzburg 1982.
  • Andreas Otto Weber / Jesko Graf zu Dohna (ed.), The history of Franconian viticulture. From the beginning to 1800 (Yearbook for Franconian State Research. Supplement 4), Munich 2012
  • Dates and facts about viticulture in Franconia
  • Get rid of the old wamp - Article from 2015 in the Süddeutsche Zeitung about the history of the Bocksbeutels and the new Bocksbbeutelform


Updated on 3.3.2020

Source: own research on site. We thank you Franconian wine country for the support of this trip and at the Company Knaus for the motorhome. Our opinion, as always, remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Responses

  1. Antje
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    I like the Franconian wines very much and when I read this now, I realize that I was not there for a long time. The next Würzburg weekend is already planned, thank you for the suggestion.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Well, we wish you a lot of pleasure, Antje. When is it time? LG, Monika and Petar

  2. Outdoor pleasure
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    Great, what you have discovered so everything in Würzburg! We particularly like the idea with the baker's wine taverns. Understand that today is hardly economically feasible. We keep our fingers crossed that the Maulaffenbäck is still very long.

    • Monika & Petar Fox
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      Dear Silke, dear Thomas, yes, we enjoyed the wine tour through Würzburg very well. We would never have discovered these wine corners on our own. LG, Monika and Petar

  3. Hermann Paschinger
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    Interesting contribution that motivates us to stay in Würzburg for August! Can one live in or near Würzburg on a vineyard and experience wine tastings?

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