Our winery and distillery Bierle cultivates its grapes in the villages of Essingen & Altdorf, in the southern Palatinate Region at the south end of the famous Wine Road (Weinstraße).
Not only does our picturesque Hainbach Valley have a long tradition of winemaking stretching back more than 2000 years, but our family has been established here for generations of winemakers.
For 400 years now, grapes have been made into wine in our winery. Today we are very proud to have been one of the first families to start full production and distribution and since the 1990s one of the first to operate a farm-owned distillery.
Welcome to the largest contiguous forest area in Germany.
If you pass by, you may hear whispers of old and long forgotten stories in the trees. Tucked away in the forest are over 100 beautiful and ancient castle ruins - another reason for inclusion in the UNESCO biosphere reserve program.
Through the protection of the area, many animals, such as European Lynxes, have returned and today live in a more balanced ecosystem with the people. The mixture of wild beauty and the rich history of the region make it a spectacular area to visit.
Photo by Chris Greenhow and found on Unsplash
The first established German Wine Route has long passed through this tranquil stretch of sunny valleys in the Southern Palatinate.
It is one of the oldest tourist roads in Germany and meanders 85 km through the grapevine, almond, chestnut, even fig and citrus groves in the warm Palatinate countryside.
The route begins at the French border in Schweigen-Reichenbach at the grand German Wine Gate and ends at the House of the German Wine Route in Bockenheim to the north of us.
Visible on a mountaintop in the near distance from our winery, this Schloss made its mark on history in 1832. On this castle's ramparts in May of that year, the black, red and gold of what is now the German flag were hoisted for the first time, and it is considered the cradle of German democracy.
These splendid ruins, left by the Palatinate War in 1689, became a grand scene on May 27, 1832, when the Hambach Festival, an unprecedented national pageant and an unending parade of people, made its way from the market square in the city Neustadt up to the ruins atop the hill. They waved flags and banners, calling for the national unity of Germany, as well as for a united Europe. They also demonstrated for freedom of the press, opinion and assembly. "Long live freedom!" was the famous cry. It echoed across the villages.
Today, the permanent exhibition "Hinauf, Hinauf zum Schloss (Up, Up to the Castle)" commemorates that event.
More about the castels
Erforscher Wissen Pfalz - Burgen Sammlung
Erforscher Wissen Rheinland-Pfalz - Burgen & Schlösser
Sources & Inspirations
Inspiration - Offizielle Neustadt Webseite
Source - Offizielle Neustadt Webseite | Pfälzerwald
Source - Gastlandschaften | Pfalz | Weinstraße
Inspiration - Gastlandschaften | Pfalz | Altdorf
Source- Wikipedia | Hambacher Schloss
Source- Offizielle Hambacher Schloss
Sources of pictures
Icon Wine Street (Weinstraße) -
Skarabeusz (Own work) auf Wikipedia
Icon Sources & Inspiration - Shareicon
Picture from deer in the forest - Chris Greenhow
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