Although Bavaria is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Bavarian Purity Law for beer in 2016, we should not forget the viniculture which is deeply rooted in parts of the Free State of Bavaria: in the Lower Franconian Main Valley, mild winters and the moderate summer temperatures make wine-growing possible. The town of Klingenberg is located in the west of Bavaria, on the narrow strip of land on the right bank of the Main. Mentioned as a town for the first time in the 13th century, the old town is still remarkably well preserved. However, Klingenberg am Main is primarily known for its cultivation of red wine. The terraced vineyards to the north and south of the town can be seen from far away.
There is documentary evidence of viniculture in Klingenberg since the year 1261. The vineyards “Hochberg”, “Rauschenberg” and “Schlossberg” which are protected as historic monuments shape the landscape with their numerous and extremely narrow lateral terraces. Today, wine is still cultivated on the steep slopes of the Main Valley. The terrace levels are supported by approximately one metre high dry stone walls made from red sandstone. As the individual terraces can only be accessed via stairways with a lot of steps, the vineyards are cultivated exclusively by hand.
The historic old town, which is listed as an ensemble, with its half-timbered houses from the Late Middle Ages to the 19th century, is almost fully preserved. The town and the vineyards can be visited with or without guided tours. The 70 kilometre long “Franconian Red Wine Hiking Trail” (Fränkische Rotwein Wanderweg) from Grosswallstadt to Bürgstadt goes via Klingenberg am Main. The stages from Klingenberg to Erlenberg (4 kilometres) or to Grossheubach (10 kilometres) invite you to explore this extraordinary cultural monument.