Winegrowers Association Hagnau
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A strong community
The winegrowers of Hagnau are to this day a strong community that maintains a long winegrowing tradition and sets the highest standards for quality, care and sustainable management of their vineyards. Since 1993, the winegrowers of Hagnau have been engaged in controlled, environmentally friendly viticulture.
Extraordinary wines ripen on the slopes of the Hagnau winegrowers' association. The vines of the oldest winegrowers' cooperative in Baden lead an enviable life: they grow and thrive directly on the sunny slopes of the protective Lake Constance with a view over the water to the Swiss foothills of the Alps and the rock formations of the mountain giants.
Characteristic of the "Seeweine" are their finesse and lively character. Nowhere is Müller-Thurgau more interesting than on Lake Constance. It tastes racy with a delicate fragrance of nutmeg and fine fruit.
The Pinot Noir Blue, vinified as a red wine, presents itself ruby-coloured, velvety soft with good tannins and a strong character.
A traditional speciality, hearty-elegant, is the Pinot Noir Pinot Noir, pressed as Weissherbst. The Bacchus has a fragrant fruity note, the Kerner is substantial with a distinctive acidity.
The Ruländer, dry developed as Pinot Gris, is of strong kind and shows itself, like the Pinot Blanc, expressively elegant. Noble winegrowing sparkling wines, developed as pure varietal and vintage sparkling wines in bottle fermentation and fruity Seccos enrich the assortment. But try it for yourself.
Environmentally friendly cultivation
The winegrowers attach great importance to the choice of the optimal vineyard locations, to a good soil care, careful foliage work as well as the grape harvest, which takes place in several harvest rounds exclusively by hand. This labour-intensive cultivation is the result of the soil and the vines with better root penetration, greater water retention, optimum nutrient absorption and, finally, a high quality wine.
The manual selection of the best vines from the first shoot to the finished grape is the task of the winegrowing families, in which the knowledge of the wine is passed down from generation to generation. The cultivated grape varieties are mainly Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Mushroom-resistant grape varieties, such as the red wine vine Regent, are part of the experimental cultivation. Recently, the internationally renowned grape variety Sauvignon Blanc has also been given a place with a lake view in Hagnau.
The history of Hagnau viticulture
With the Christianisation of the Alemanni by the Franks in the 7th century, the history of viticulture at Lake Constance began. The monasteries on Lake Constance were the centres of viticulture in the early Middle Ages, mainly due to their great demand for fair wine.
The village of Hagnau was already popular at that time because of its central location on Lake Constance and above all because of its fertile soils. So it's no wonder that Hagnau always changed its ownership. First mentioned in 1010, the village was first owned by the Schenken von Ittendorf, then the village changed over to the Weingarten monastery and shortly afterwards came into the possession of the free imperial city of Überlingen for over 200 years.
From 1693, Hagnau belonged to the Benedictine Abbey of Weingarten again for about 110 years, which erected the most important building of Hagnaus, the Weingartensche Hofmeisterei, which today unites the Hagnauer Winzerverein, the town hall and the association rooms under its roof. Even today, six former administrative buildings of monasteries in the Lake Constance region can still be found in Hagnau, which filled their cellars with good Hagnau wine by collecting the tithe.
As well as the Hagnau winegrowers were doing among the monastery lords, from whom they received half of the wine yield as a reward for their work, the time after secularisation at the beginning of the 19th century became difficult. The high costs of the vineyards now had to be borne by the winegrowers themselves. The autumn money was quickly consumed by the lease to the domain administration and the interest on the debts incurred in the course of the year. The wine merchants took advantage of the emergency situation and disagreement of the Hagnau winegrowers by constantly blackmailing them with new lowest prices for the wine.
The writer and civil rights activist Dr. Heinrich Hansjakob, priest in Hagnau since 1869, recognised the economic plight of the Hagnau winegrowers and tried to counter it by a merger of the winegrowers. In October 1881, when the wine price fell to 15 Pfennig per litre and the winegrowers were forced to sell at this ridiculous price, Heinrich Hansjakob called on the citizens of Hagnau to found a winegrowers' association. On 20 October 1881, the first Baden winegrowers' cooperative was founded in Hagnau.
Election of the Princess of Lake Constance Wine
On 03 September 2018, the new Lake Constance wine princess was chosen in the new Meersburg Castle. Bodenseeweinprinzessin is Pia Dreher from Meersburg.
Professional wine tasting with guided cellar tour
Every Tuesday and Thursday evening until the end of October 2018 there will be a guided tour through the historic wine cellar with wine tasting in the Hagnauer Winzerhaus. During the tasting of 5 wines and 1 sparkling wine you will learn interesting facts about the development of the wines, the terroir, the traditional Hagnau grape varieties and much more.
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This destination is a member of the Verband der Tourismuswirtschaft Bodensee.
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