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History

The birthplace of the estate started with the endowment of a noble pair of Würzburg citizens in 1316. Johannes and Mergadis von Steren built an old people's home at the gates of the old city for nursing "Christians suffering from affliction" and taking care of the hungry and the poor.

The first vineyards, which were planted in 1321 served to supply the endowment's own needs. In 1598, the residents of the old people's home were provided with a tankard - 1.22 litres - of wine. If the residents behaved in an unruly manner, water was mixed with the wine as a punishment. If such behaviour went too far, the wine ration was cancelled - a draconian warning! Soon, Bürgerspital was financing its charitable enterprises from the wine proceeds and estate stewardship.

Today 750 senior citizens live in the eight Bürgerspital residential and nursing homes, being managed, nursed, taken care of and medically treated by skilled staff. Authoritarian severity is now fortunately a thing of the past.


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Steep locations and lots of sun

With a wine-growing area of 120 hectares, Bürgerspital wine estate, at home in a fantastically beautiful courtyard right in the middle of Würzburg, is one of the largest wine estates in Germany and one of the most important.

A combination of the estate’s proud tradition, the wonderful vineyards in their splendid locations, the fecund nature of the soil and the climate make up very fine unique quality wines.

The slopes and steep sites of the hills along the River Main offer ideal conditions for growing wine. The sun smiles upon the vineyards quite early in the year, the Shelly limestone soil (Muschelkalk) storing the warmth.  Almost 80 hectars of these vineyards are located within Würzburg's boundaries. Steep vineyards of 50 or 60 per cent are seldom to be found. The location, the soil, the climate, the proximity to the river, the selection of the types of vine and the art of the Bürgerspital wine-growers enable exceptional wines to be grown here.
 

 

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Vineyards

On 120 hectares we mainly grow classic franconien grape varieties from the well-known vineyards.

White Bürgerspital Grape Varieties
Silvaner, Riesling, Weißer Burgunder (Pinot Blanc), Grauer Burgunder (Pinot Gris), Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Müller-Thurgau, Rieslaner, Bacchus, Scheurebe, Muskateller

Red Bürgerspital Grape Varieties
Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Domina, Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Bürgerspital Sites
Würzburger Stein, Würzburger Stein-Harfe, Würzburger Innere Leiste, Würzburger Pfaffenberg, Würzburger Abtsleite, Randersackerer Teufelskeller, Randersackerer Pfülben, Randersackerer Marsberg, Veitshöchheimer Sonnenschein

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We only cultivate classical varietals on some 30 hectares in the world-renowned location Würzburger Stein. Its terroir being a rare combination of the micro-climate, soil and the slope inclination, direction and proximity to the river - offers wines of the very highest quality. Right in the middle of the Würzburger Stein is the vineyard Würzburger Stein-Harfe (= stone harp) which is in our proud possession.

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Winemaking

Long-matured, carefully nurtured and hand-picked, the grapes arrive at the winery in autumn. Here, they are gently and deftly processed, but it is in the cellar where the quality is formed and preserved.

In Bürgerspital's old "Pfründner" cellar, there are modern stainless-steel tanks where the wines ferment temperature-controlled. In the adjacent vaults is one of Germany's biggest wooden barrel cellars: 200 valuable oak barrels, some of them adorned with precious carvings were used for cultivating wine hundreds of years ago.

There is space for four annual harvests in the cellars. No wine is bottled before its time, because it is a natural product and needs time to develop and age. The winemaker observes samples and tests all the way assuring that Bürgerspital’s wines of all qualities get the highest international recognition.
 

The "Bocksbeutel"

RatsprotokollMaster Johann Baptist Sartorius explained in 1862 what a "Bocksbeutel" is: namely "a flattened, round bottle shaped like a leather pouch for bottling the Stein wine".

In 1726 the Council of the City of Würzburg decided that the "Bocksbeutel" be the mark of quality compared with poorly produced wines. At the "Council's behest, the first sealed specimens of the Bocksbeutel are stored in Bürgerspital's cellars and the true, the pure, unadulterated wine, rapidly and brilliantly triumphed", reported the District Archivist Sebastian Göbl. Bürgerspital has been totally committed to the Bocksbeutel's

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Weingut Bürgerspital zum Heiligen Geist . In a tasting of  42 wines 

On November 8, 2016 an exiting blind tasting was hold to select some of the finest classified wines produced by vintners of the VDP in Germany. It was a wonderful experience showing a huge number of top rated wines. In the categories of Pinot Blanc (Weißburgunder), Pinog Gris (Grauburgunder) and Silvaner, one wine was heading each category. For Riesling, the VDP and myself agreed to decide the best wine of each categaorie of wine areas by drawing lots of all wines with at least 93 points or more. The result of this selection will be available for tasting in the Lufthansa First Class Lounge of Muinch during 2017.

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 Markus Del Monego / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  16 wines  from  Weingut Bürgerspital zum Heiligen Geist . In a tasting of  16 wines 

“"There are few wine estates being able to celebrate the 700th birthday of the foundation.
The Franconian town of Würzburg is the place of such an exceptional winery. The estate saw the light of the day with the endowment of Johannes and Mergadis von Steren, citizens of Würzburg, in 1316. They built an old people's home at the gates of the old city for nursing ""Christians suffering from affliction"" and taking care of the hungry and the poor. In 1321, the first vineyards were planted to supply the endowment's own needs. Since 1598, the residents of the old people's home were provided with a tankard - 1.22 litres - of wine, daily! If the residents behaved in an unruly manner, water was mixed with the wine as a punishment. In the worst case the wine ration was cancelled - a draconian warning! Soon, Bürgerspital was financing its charitable enterprises from the wine proceeds and estate stewardship. Today 750 senior citizens live in the eight Bürgerspital residential and nursing homes, being managed, nursed, taken care of and medically treated by skilled staff. Times have changed but the winery still contributes to the financial needs of the foundation in an important way.
With a wine-growing area of 120 hectares, Bürgerspital wine estate, at home in a fantastically beautiful courtyard right in the centre of Würzburg, is one of the most important and largest wine estates in Germany. Director Robert Haller and his team explore the potential of a unique terroir with steep slopes along the River Main, abundant sunshine and a huge proportion of shelly limestone soils. Almost two thirds of these vineyards are located within Würzburg's boundaries. The cellar can house four annual harvests and with 200 valuable oak barrels, some of them adorned with precious carvings, the tradition is still alive.
The wines are still being bottled in ""Bocksbeutel"", a bottle shape explained in 1862 by Master Johann Baptist Sartorius ""a flattened, round bottle shaped like a leather pouch for bottling the Stein wine"". In 1726 the Council of the City of Würzburg decided that the ""Bocksbeutel"" be the mark of quality compared with poorly produced wines. At the ""Council's behest, the first sealed specimens of the Bocksbeutel are stored in Bürgerspital's cellars and the true, the pure, unadulterated wine, rapidly and brilliantly triumphed"", reported the District Archivist Sebastian Göbel.
The tasting featured 16 excellent and rare wines, which showed the qualities and the potential of this unique institution in Germany.



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