The headline might sound provocative, but it actually conceals an interesting development. Most people associate Werder (Havel) with palatable fruit wines, but only a few know that Werder, with its four vineyards and 10.4 hectares of wine- growing area, is the cradle and centre of Brandenburg’s viticulture which attracts attention amongst wine experts. Around 800 years ago, settlers from the Lower Rhine and Franconia, and Cistercians from Burgundy, brought viticulture to the Margraviate of Brandenburg and to Werder. In the middle of the 18th century, over 100 hectares of wine-growing area existed here, but cold winters and other unfavourable influences marked the fall of Werder’s viticulture.

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