German Wines: 2,000 Years of History

Part 1: The ‘Roman’ Vineyards of Weingut Pfeffingen

German wines were written about in Roman times, with references found in the writings of the Roman historian, Tacitus, specifically in his work entitled ‘On the Origin and Situation of the Germans’ (De Origine et situ Germanorum) from around 98 AD.

Tacitus talks about wine being grown in the Roman region known as Agri Decumates, today mostly relating to an area in south west Germany, but in Roman times part of the Roman Empire’s provinces of Germania superior (Magna Germania) and Raetia.

Later, a reference to the vineyards along the Mosel can be found in the work of the Roman poet, Ausonius, in his work, ‘Mosella’, dating from the late Roman period, around 370 AD, who describes the steeply sloping vineyards on the river Mosel.

Earlier, the record shows that the Roman garrison, in what is now the city of Trier, was supplied with wine from vineyards planted along the Mosel and Rhine valleys.

Echoes of Rome could be found right through the medieval period with the use of Roman style trellising in some areas of Germany, such as the Pfalz.

These Roman echoes can also be seen in the name of Weingut Pfeffingen, located in the Pfalz, whose wines you’ll find on the pages of the Vintners Pride of Germany website. The name has its origins in the Roman, ‘Pfeffo’, who gave his name to a Roman settlement, the remains of which can be found in some of the estate’s vineyards.

Today, Weingut Pfeffingen is run by the Eymael family whose ownership only goes back some 250 years. Jan Eymal produces award-winning wines, the latest include SILVER for the 2016 Dry Riesling (Drinks Business Global Riesling Masters 2017, Under £10 Category), and GOLD for the 2016 Herrenberg Riesling GG  (Drinks Business Global Riesling Masters 2017, Under £20-£30 Category).

 

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