The Glöck vinyard

The Glöck vinyard

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The "Glöck" vineyard – or English “the bell” vineyard - right below St. Kilian's Church is proven to be the oldest vineyard in Germany.

It is not only known for its excellent wines, but it was also sung about in a musical poem:

As Duke Carloman of Franconia
came to the beach of the Rhine,
The bell tolled in powerful chant
To Nierstein.

The councilors festively appear,
Faithfully serving the prince
The golden wine of honor as a greeting.
While the bells ring.

The Duke drains the glass
And asks: where does the delicious water swell?
On the hill where the church is
Next to the sound of the bell.

Whereupon Carloman pensively looks at the hill,
Raises the glass and shouts out loud:
“That is the real wine on the Rhine!
It should be called ‘The bell’!"

Well, this is how the "Glöck" vineyard got its name according to its former owner Philipp-Josef Finck. But who is this “Carloman” who so praises the wine and its location so much in the poem? Let’s ask Hans-Peter Hexemer of the Nierstein History Association:

“We are in the year 742 in the Carolingian era. And Carloman was a relative of Charlemagne and moved from Palatinate to Palatinate during this time to inspect the estates.* And the first documented mention of Nierstein goes back to the year 742. ”[…] And so also the beautiful story came into being that Carloman heard the bells and then thought of the name “Glöck” – the bell."
All right, and is this story true?
“There are historical documents, and there are beautiful legends. In this case, Nierstein prefers to stick to the legend. "
It is a fact however that the Glöck wine is actually really excellent and has received several awards! And isn’t that what counts? So, cheers Carloman! Here’s to you, your poem and the bells!

Route to the next station:

Catholic rectory

The Glöck vinyard

  • English
    • German
    • French
    • Dutch

The "Glöck" vineyard – or English “the bell” vineyard - right below St. Kilian's Church is proven to be the oldest vineyard in Germany.

It is not only known for its excellent wines, but it was also sung about in a musical poem:

As Duke Carloman of Franconia
came to the beach of the Rhine,
The bell tolled in powerful chant
To Nierstein.

The councilors festively appear,
Faithfully serving the prince
The golden wine of honor as a greeting.
While the bells ring.

The Duke drains the glass
And asks: where does the delicious water swell?
On the hill where the church is
Next to the sound of the bell.

Whereupon Carloman pensively looks at the hill,
Raises the glass and shouts out loud:
“That is the real wine on the Rhine!
It should be called ‘The bell’!"

Well, this is how the "Glöck" vineyard got its name according to its former owner Philipp-Josef Finck. But who is this “Carloman” who so praises the wine and its location so much in the poem? Let’s ask Hans-Peter Hexemer of the Nierstein History Association:

“We are in the year 742 in the Carolingian era. And Carloman was a relative of Charlemagne and moved from Palatinate to Palatinate during this time to inspect the estates.* And the first documented mention of Nierstein goes back to the year 742. ”[…] And so also the beautiful story came into being that Carloman heard the bells and then thought of the name “Glöck” – the bell."
All right, and is this story true?
“There are historical documents, and there are beautiful legends. In this case, Nierstein prefers to stick to the legend. "
It is a fact however that the Glöck wine is actually really excellent and has received several awards! And isn’t that what counts? So, cheers Carloman! Here’s to you, your poem and the bells!

Route to the next station:

Catholic rectory

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