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55 KILOMETRES OF PURE INDULGENCE BETWEEN PIRNA AND DIESBAR-SEUSSLITZ

Enticing: Saxon Wine Route

Opened in 1992 and centuries in the making – the Saxon Wine Route between Pirna and Diesbar-Seusslitz dates all the way back to the 12th century.

Pleasurable: The origins of the Saxon Wine Route

Back in the day, a monk at the Cistercian monastery of Altzella wrote about a ‘Weinstrasse’ (Wine Road), which went from southerly Pirna, via Meissen, to Wittenberg in the north. Wine cultivation remained in its infancy and the myriad varieties now on offer would have been unimaginable. Today, the sunkissed Saxon Wine Route winds through picturesque stretches of the Elbe Valley and the Mediterranean appeal for tourists goes hand-in-glove with tasting the local wines. These can be sampled directly from the winegrower at one of the many ‘Strausswirtschaften’ (seasonal taverns) along the way as well as traditional wine bars and restaurants for all customers.

Discovering the Saxon Wine Route

Winemakers, estates, and castles: Lukas Stege explores the vineyards around Dresden.

On his itinerary: a vineyard hike with winegrower Thomas Teubert, a sparkling wine tasting at the Saxon State Winery Wackerbarth Castle and a visit to Saxony’s oldest vineyard – Hoflössnitz. The full-length video can be found in the Deutsche Welle media library.

On the way on the Saxon wine route | DW Reise
Video: DW Deutsch

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