Viticulture in Esslingen
Appreciate quality and tradition
Almost as old as the city itself: In the Middle Ages, Esslingen was an important centre of viticulture and wine trade. Meanwhile, Esslingen wine is among the outstanding qualities at nationwide tastings. The city is surrounded by vineyards. Characteristic are the Esslingen steep slopes with their old dry stone walls. They are still a special challenge in cultivation today. Wine tastings with the producer are very popular.
Esslingen Wine Hiking Day
Drinking wine where it grows: delicious, live and simply casual
In Esslingen you can sit in wine bars, stroll through the wonderful Old Town or go hiking in the vineyards. Every May, hikers meet for the Wine Hiking Day. In the middle of the vineyards, hikers are allowed to taste wines, exchange ideas with like-minded people and enjoy life. Accompanied by delicious bread with lard - this is how to celebrate in the vineyard!
Only a few kilometers from Stuttgart, the former imperial city is one of the oldest wine towns in Württemberg. It is assumed that the Romans already brought viticulture to the Neckar Valley. The existence of vineyards in Esslingen is mentioned in documents as early as 778. However, the monks of the Middle Ages certainly profited from the cultivation of wine in Esslingen. Wine was part of their daily menu. And not in short supply.
From about 1220, the people of Esslingen began to lay out terraces on the Neckarhalde. This increased the quality of Esslingen's wine. The grape juice became the most important export article of the town, which was appreciated even in the imperial residence Vienna.