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Something special is coming together.Where the Saale and Unstrut come together, an ancient European cultural landscape is joined by the age-old handcraft of winemaking. The two rivers, lending their names and character to a landscape marked by gentle hills and slopes, flow past mediaeval castles and fortresses before merging naturally into each other.
As the only cooperative in the region, the Winzervereinigung Freyburg-Unstrut manages roughly half of the surface of Saale-Unstrut. Our viticulture extends over numerous areas, many of which are steep slopes cultivated by hand.
The winemaking handcraft of our region can look back on a 1000-year-old tradition. This long tradition would have not been possible had knowledge and experience been merely preserved. Today, individualists find ways to complement the handcraft with modern wine-cellar technology.
In total, 400 vintners work for the cooperative. Fairness, trust, a shared pleasure in winemaking and collegial cooperation means each individual vineyard is a part of the complete collaborative work of art. The result is a diverse range of wines with distinct bouquets recognisable across Germany.
The dry northern winds bring freshness into the region, and also new ideas.One of these ideas is the wine cooperative, founded in 1934 by 27 winegrowers. Over the years it has grown to become the largest wine producer of the new German states. Today the cooperative manages some 400 hectares of grapevines.
Over 20 grape varieties to chosse from. Popular white grapes include Müller-Thurgau, Weißburgunder, Silvaner and increasingly Riesling. Most of our white wines are matured in modern stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, our premium full-bodied wines are matured for several months in large barrels made of German oak or in smaller barriques. Red grapes are grown on 25 % of our land. Popular red wines include Dornfelder and Blauer Zweigelt.
Our assortment of premium wines has grown in recent years. These include sweet Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese along with wines aged in barriques. Meticulous wine artisans working with scientific knowledge and state-of-the-art cellar technology allow each unique vineyard to find its optimum expression. The result: wines whose crisp lightness, fine aromatic bouquet and characteristic freshness are loved well beyond the borders of the region.
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