The region’s wine growing tradition can be traced back to Roman times. The town’s 1300 years of history are closely interwoven with that of the Order of St. John and its chapter house (Herrenhof). In the 19th century Mußbach became known as a Traminer region. In 1902, 54 vintners founded the Winzerverein Mußbach (Mußbach Vintners’ Association). For the first time ever, the region’s vintners jointly marketed their grapes – which marked the beginning of the Mußbach vintners’ success story. Their wines have since become widely known and recognised far beyond the region’s borders. Membership in the association also benefited the vintners by ensuring that single vineyard wines are available in sufficient quantities for year-round marketing.
Three cooperatives joined forces in 1968/71, forming the “WG Weinbiet Mußbach-Gimmeldingen e.G.”. The cooperative was named after the 554 m mountain that shelters the region, protecting it from storms and hail. As the cooperative decided to use available buildings, its grape collection and wine storage facilities are located at a different site than the bottling and sales facilities. They are, however, connected by an underground pipeline system. With the merger of the cooperatives, membership numbers rose to 200 covering a total of 150 hectares of vineyards.
A highly effective organisation was established in March 2002 when the neighbouring Haardt vintners’ cooperative also joined the Winzergenossenschaft Weinbiet. Today, the cooperative’s 17 full-time and 129 part-time wine growers cultivate 300 hectares of vineyards.
Germany’s largest continuous viticultural area, the PALATINATE, is located in the Rhine River basin on the very edges of the Haardt mountain range. A congenial and cosmopolitan atmosphere pervades the beautiful villages of half-timbered and sandstone houses where you can stop to taste the wines on offer by the various wine makers.
With more than 1,800 hours of sun a year, the region is blessed with a distinct Mediterranean flair. Not only grapes, but also figs, kiwis and lemons are grown here.
Wine festivals are held year-round in the villages, and visitors love to come and enjoy the cosy atmosphere, conviviality and good wine. When other regions are still in the oppressive grip of winter, along the Weinstrasse the first hint of green and the blush of pink almond blossoms herald the arrival of spring. The Mandelblütenfest of Gimmeldingen opens the festive season that will continue until November and conclude with the Federweißer festival.
November is also the time when the red-brown-yellow riot of autumn colour begins to fade away and the hush of winter falls upon the wineries and the vineyards. However, this is the time when wine taverns and restaurants are crammed full of revellers enjoying culinary highlights with the best of the Palatinate’s wines. Such is life in the Palatinate.
As you can see, the Palatinate region has much to offer – so just stop by – we are looking forward to seeing you.
CHEERS. THE PALATINATE
No matter whether it is a robust red that delights the senses with its full body or a tangy white that tantalises with fruity acidity, it is almost impossible to imagine a good meal without the proper wine. By cultivating a range of varietals carefully selected to harmonise with the vineyard’s location, the quality of the soil and the mild climate of the region, Weinbiet vintners can offer their customers a wide variety of wines that are perfect for many different occasions and foods.
Thus the art of wine growing, a tradition that can be traced back to Roman times, continues to be celebrated today at the foot of the Weinbiet, albeit in modified form to meet today’s standards.
After all, wine has become an indispensable part of our food culture. Not only is wine a healthy and easily digestible drink, it also stands for enjoyment and a cultured way of life. The Winzergenossenschaft Weinbiet offers a wide range of select wines that connoisseurs quickly recognise as having come from a region especially blessed by nature.
The choice of varietals quickly demonstrates the advantages of being able to draw upon a wealth of experience gathered by generations of wine growers. Coupled with this experience is the courage to explore new ways – a necessary mix when striving to meet the ever-changing demand. Riesling is the most significant of the white wine varietals and, at 32%, is also the most widely cultivated grape. However, the more traditional of the Palatinate’s varietals such as Müller-Thurgau (Rivaner), Gewürztraminer and Silvaner are just as much a part of our range as Pinot varietals such as Weißer and Grauer Burgunder (Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris) and Chardonnay. However, just as interesting are “exotics” such as Kerner, Morio Muscat or Ortega.
The most important red wine varietals are Dornfelder, Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Portugieser. They make up 30% of the vines cultivated in Weinbiet vineyards. Over the last few years, we have considerably expanded our red wine range with such varietals as St. Laurent, Schwarzriesling (Pinot Meunier) or most recently Acolon. However, the mild climate also provides ideal conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varietals. The cultivation of such internationally renowned red wine varietals demonstrates Weinbiet’s openness for innovative developments.
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