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Neuenburg Castle high over Freyburg (Unstrut)

Neuenburg Castle high over Freyburg (Unstrut), Germany

Neuenburg Castle (Schloss Neuenburg) located in the wine-growing area of Saale-Unstrut accommodates a wine museum. I took this photo while enjoying a boat trip on the Unstrut River.

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Wine-growing area of Saale-Unstrut in Saxony-Anhalt

Vineyards in the Saale-Unstrut region of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

While travelling through the wine-growing area of Saale-Unstrut one can see a lot of steep terraces with centuries-old dry walls and romantic vineyard cottages. The region is open for many kinds of movement: Hiking, cycling and even canoeing.

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Wine barrel at the Rotkäppchen winery in Freyburg

Wine cask for 120,000 l at the Rotkäppchen winery in Freyburg (Unstrut), Germany

In the historic sparkling wine cellars of the Rotkäppchen winery in Freyburg (Unstrut), there is a huge wine cask for the cuvée. The barrel was built in 1897 and has a capacity of 120,000 litres.

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Plants Wine

Cork oak at the Rotkäppchen winery in Freyburg

Cork oak at the Rotkäppchen winery in Freyburg (Unstrut), Germany

In the splendid staircase well of the administration building, a piece of cork oak (quercus suber) is displayed. So, people joining a guided tour through the historic sparkling wine cellars of the Rotkäppchen winery get an impression from which tree the sparkling wine corks are made.

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Symbols Wine

Cellar cat in Poysdorf

The cellar cat, a symbol you often see in the Austrian region of Weinviertel

In the Austrian region of Weinviertel you often see a symbol of a cat. This symbol is known as ‘cellar cat’ (Kellerkatze). Some people believe the cat living in a wine vault will always rest on the barrel with the best wine. So vintners started to put the sculpture of a cat on top of the casks with their best products.

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Tractor tours through Poysdorf

On a farm tractor tour through the wine cellar lanes of Poysdorf, AustriaA fun way to explore the wine cellar lanes in Poysdorf and the vineyards in the surroundings is to join a guided tour on board of historical trailers drawn by classic farm tractors. On this pic, I just headed down a wine cellar lane (Kellergasse) named Rösselberg.

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Lanes Wine

Wine cellar lane Rösselberg in Poysdorf

Wine cellar lane (Kellergasse) Rösslberg in Poysdorf, Austria

This lane is one of several wine cellar lanes (Kellergassen) in Poysdorf. It is actually a hollow-way with a couple of rooms built into a loess layer. These rooms have only a front façade, but no brick walls or a timbered roof.

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Galleries Wine

Wine estate Taubenschuss in Poysdorf

Vineyard estate Taubenschuss in Poysdorf, Austria

The wine estate Taubenschuss (Weingut Taubenschuss) offers not only wine tastings but also guided tours through a compilation of contemporary art. Most impressive detail: The gallery of doves, where each exhibited artist created something creative with a given shape of a dove.

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Lanes Wine

Wine cellar lane Kirchengasse in Poysdorf

Wine cellar lane Kirchengasse in Poysdorf, Austria

The wine cellar lane Kirchengasse next to the parish church of Poysdorf was originally not a hollow-way but a defensive ditch for the fortified church.

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Trails Wine

Wine & Bible Trail in Poysdorf

Wine & Bible Trail (1) around the parish church of Poysdorf, Austria

Along the walls next to the parish church of Poysdorf there is a wine & bible trail displaing quote from the bible mentioning wine. Walking along this trail gives you some great insights about the correct use of wine and probably some good points for buying more wine at the nearby wine store (Weinmarkt) of Poysdorf..

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Museums Wine

Hall of grapes in Poysdorf

Parliament of wine bottles inside the hall of grapes in Poysdorf, Austria

The hall of grapes (Traubenhalle) is one part of the Vino Versum in Poysdorf. The hall houses an exhibition about the history of wine and the relationship between wine growing and Poysdorf. One fun exhibit is the parliament of bottles which depicts the parliament of Austria by wine bottles.

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Lanes Wine

Wine cellar lane Radyweg in Poysdorf

The Radyweg, the longest wine cellar lane of Poysdorf, Austria

View of the Radyweg, which is considered to be the longest wine cellar lane (Kellergasse) of Poysdorf. In earlier times the buildings were used as wine cellars or wine press houses. During a guided tour I was told the lenght of all cellars in Poysdorf sums up to 60 kilometres!