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Links to Germany

One item on our Bucket List, was to visit Germany.  We are heading off to visit next summer !! Some of our goals include:

  • Bringing Germany Culture and History Alive
  • Meet other Sonnenstuhl families (Walt’s side) , and explore the Kammerer Connection (mom’s side). 

Randersacker is a municipality located to the south of the city of Würzburg in Franken. Winegrowing has been recorded in this area since the 8th Century and today Randersacker comprises a total of six vineyards situated along the banks of the river Main: Pfülben, Sonnenstuhl, Teufelskeller, Dabug, Lämmerberg and Marsberg. Its top sites include Sonnenstuhl, Teufelskeller and the Grosse Lage-classified Pfülben vineyard. 
Randersacker is a municipality in the district Lower Franconia part of Bavaria. With its long tradition in wine making, Randersacker belongs to the most well-known wine places of Germany. It is a suburb of Würzburg, the capital of Lower Franconia and adjoins to Würzburg boroughs Heidingsfeld, Rottenbauer, Sanderau and Frauenland and to the municipalities of Gerbrunn, Theilheim and Eibelstadt.
Randersacker is located in the south of Würzburg. This part of the Main is called Maindreieck. This term refers to the course of the river, it looks similar to a triangle. The city of Würzburg is about three miles away from the village center of Randersacker. 
To the north of Randersacker is the Teufelskeller, or “devil’s cellar” vineyard. The Rieslings cultivated here exhibit an intriguing balsamic, slightly spicy character due to iron oxide deposits in the sandstone. Teufelskeller is also a very hot, steep site and its proximity to the river imbues its wines with a distinctive minerality.Further south is the Sonnenstuhl vineyard, which was first mentioned in 1240. It is named for its favorable south/southwest sun exposures and at its steepest points is characterized by clay-rich soils, while at the foot of the slope the soils are sandy with high levels of organic matter. Silvaner thrives in these soils, but some Rieslaner, Weissburgunder and Spätburgunder are also grown here.

Some Randersacker wines also carry the name Ewig Leben. This refers to two things: the vineyard parcels do not belong to other named sites and a Grosslage.


Franken lies some 65 km east of the Rhine, in Bavaria, with most of its vineyards planted on the hilly slopes lining the Main River and its tributaries.

Würzburg is home of the famed vineyard Stein, which gave rise to the generic term Steinwein, formerly used to denote all Franken wines. Fuller-bodied, less aromatic, often drier, firmer and earthier, Franconian wines are generally the most masculine of Germany’s wines.

Part of Franken wines’ singular personality is due to the climate: cold winters, high annual rainfall, early frosts long, warm autumns are rare. As a result, the late-ripening Riesling plays a minor role. Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner and Bacchus are the most important white varieties.

Red wine grapes thrive in the western portion of the region between Aschaffenburg and Miltenberg.The finest Franken wines are traditionally bottled in a Bocksbeutel, a squat green or brown flagon with a round body which lends considerable recognition value to the region’s wines.

Wine Background Information

German wine – Wikipedia › wiki › German_wine
Guide to German White Wine | Wine Folly › Blog
Germany’s Vast World of White Wines | Wine Enthusiast › 2018/09/05 › germany-white-wines