The Emperor Kaiser Maximilian I already knew in 16th century that the best
Neckar wine grew in
Roman times. The first mention of wine growing on the Wartberg was in a document from 1146.
For many centuries, the wine was decided by the skills of the city, it moulded their
culture, their form and the lives of the citizens. The wine and the location on the
Theodor Heuss, the first Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany
and a local citizen, completed his studies with a dissertation about “Wine-growing
and vine dressers in
The heart of the Württemberg wine-growing is captured in the lowlands:
“Württemberger” grows in around 10,000 hectares; more than a half of it ripens
in the city and district of Heilbronn. The variety of types and high quality of the
wine is established by the reputation of the “
red wine region”.
The city itself accounts for over 500 hectares of vine-covered area for the
important wine-growing communities in
Staufenberg site and the individual Stiftsberg and Wartberg sites represent quality
and have been continuously improved over the centuries. Clear favourites from
here are the Riesling and Trollinger, which make up almost two-thirds of the
growing area, as well as the speciality wines Gewürztraminer, Muskatteller,
Clevner, Dornfelder, Samtrot and Lemberger.
Over six million litres of local wine are produced every year, which is not only drunk
at the various festivals like the Heilbronner Weindorf (Heilbronn Wine Village),
but also in the Besenwirtschaften (places that sells home produce when a broom
is put up outside) or at the "Wengerter" (vine dressers).