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Lava, Loess and Loam

The region surrounding the Kaiserstuhl is known to connoisseurs as an absolute paradise for wine. The fertile volcanic island in the Oberrheinebene/Upper Rhine level offers magnificent wine areas. A chequered geological history has blessed the Kaiserstuhl with the absolute best of conditions. Millions of years ago, emerging from hot lava, the dark volcanic rock, covered by a bright layer of loess and loam, captured the warmth of the sun as if it were still coming directly from the primal depths of the earth. The Black Forest massif as well as the Vosges Mountains act additionally like a protective wall against the harsh winds from the east and rains from the west. The vegetation conveys almost a Mediterranean Flair.

Since the early middle ages wine has been cultivated here. Even back then the loess-covered hills on the Kaiserstuhl were terraced to guard against erosion. The traditional banks, created painstakingly by hand in the middle ages, as well as the more modern large slopes, mould the unique landscape today.

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