There's a Bulgarian saying which
says: "If you're in search of good wine, find out where the popes
Which, incidentally, leads us
nicely on to our next insider tip about wine in the region. Did you
know that Baden-Baden's traditional wine producer, the Nägelsförst
wine estate, was founded by the Cistercian Abbey in Lichtental?
Originally established as a dairy farm in 1268, pinot noir vines
from the principal abbey in Citeaux, France, were planted for the
first time on the estate by the Cistercian nuns in 1344 and in so
doing laying the foundation for viticulture in the region. During
the time of Napoleon I, at the start of the 19th century, the
estate passed into the hands of the ruling margraves of Baden. In
1864, the estate was sold for the first time to a private
individual. Since the middle of 1993, the Gut Nägelsförst estate
has been owned by Baden-Baden-born Reinhard J. Strickler, who,
after investing a great deal of time and money, has been able to
extend the holding from 10 to 33 hectares.
In addition to Riesling and Pinot
noir grapes other varieties such as Pinot blanc, Pinot gris,
Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and
Merlot are grown on the estate's three separate vineyards of Stich
den Buben, Klosterbergfelsen and Mauerberg.
To allow you to form your own
impression of the unique flavour of the Nägelförst wines, the
estate organises wine tasting sessions that take place either in
the cellar or in the manor house. As well as savouring the
excellent wines, you can also enjoy the wonderful views of the
vineyards and Rhine valley from the estate's vantage point.
If we have whet your palate and you
would be interested in visiting the Gut Nägelsförst wine estate, my
colleagues and I would be more than happy to provide you with
further information. Please contact us either on our direct line:
+49 (0) 7221 900 890 or by sending us an email to: email@example.com.
Marcus Schindler, Head