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Between tradition and new impulses

Wine Generation

Wine growing has a long tradition in Stuttgart – but it’s nevertheless open to new trends. This is evident, among other things, from the many awards conferred each year on its vintners.

As a wine region Stuttgart has long since achieved international standing. This is confirmed year after year by the numerous prizes awarded to its wineries: In 2020 the Weingut Schwarz won first prize in the Meininger Red Wine Awards for the category "Lemberger". The Felsengartenkellerei Besigheim was awarded "Grand Gold" by Mundus Vini in the 2020 summer tasting for its 2018 Muskateller Trockenbeerenauslese, making it Germany's best noble sweet wine. The Collegium Wirtemberg took third place in the Cuvée category of the Vinum Red Wine Award of the wine magazine "Vinum", while the Weingut Escher took second place in the German Red Wine Cuvée Trophy of the gourmet magazine "falstaff". Since 2019 the Weinmanufaktur Untertürkheim has been the first German wine growers' cooperative to receive the "Fair’n Green" sustainability and environmental certificate.

By the 16th century Stuttgart was already one of the largest wine-growing communities in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. The main wines grown in the Stuttgart Region today are the red varieties Trollinger, Lemberger and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). Trollinger is as inextricably linked to the region as Porsche and Mercedes-Benz are to Stuttgart. This fruity, light red wine matures late and can also be enjoyed when it is still young, nicely chilled. Originally this vine with its large grapes came from the South Tyrol and Trentino, where it goes under the name of Vernatsch. Nevertheless, it would seem likely that the name "Trollinger" is a corruption of "Tirolinger“. As far as white wines are concerned, Riesling leads the field and is made into outstanding wines by local vintners. Other varieties include Kerner, Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Sauvignon Blanc.

Stuttgart's topography is unique in Germany. The city centre nestles in a valley basin, enclosed by green hills. Thanks to this unique location, vineyards can even be found in the centre of town. In order to be able to access the steep terraces, vintners built flights of steps and paths there in the second half of the 19th century, known as "Stäffele" ("steps"). The state capital of Stuttgart is the only German city to own 16 hectares of municipal vineyards. These are spread over nine different locations, most of which consist of steep, terraced vineyards, small plots and areas that are difficult to access. Since August 2020 the city's wine estate has been cultivated in accordance with the directives of the Bioland Association. The first Bioland wine is scheduled to come on the market in 2023. As from December 2020, Stuttgart's municipal wines can be sampled and also purchased at the city of Stuttgart's new Vinothek in the centre of town.

The younger wine growers from the Stuttgart Region – some of them in the second or third generation – have brought a breath of fresh air to the viniculture scene. Since 2018, for example, 17 up-and-coming young vintners have presented their wines on their own stand at the annual Stuttgart Wine Festival. And these young growers produce not only excellent wines, but also other kinds of alcoholic beverages: “GINSTR”, one of the world’s finest gins, was developed in cooperation with Markus Escher from the Weingut Escher. 

Since October 2020 the state capital of Stuttgart has officially borne the title of "Weinsüden-Weinort" – South German wine-growing community. This accolade, awarded by the Tourismusmarketing GmbH Baden-Württemberg (TMWB), for the first time honours cities and communities that can look back on a long history of viniculture.

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