Already at least in the Middle Ages, wine producers tried to gain renown with the prestigious function of the papacy or to capitalize on it. Since then, innumerable wines have been produced with and without the official approval of the Vatican, which created a connection from the name and labeling. One of the best known examples is the Châteauneuf-du-Pape
from the southern Rhone. The name means "New Castle of the Pope" and refers to that of Pope John XXII. (1245-1334) converted summer residence north of Avignon. In the years 1309 to 1377, the city of Avignon was the seat of the popes. Today, there is only a ruin left. Below are two recent examples (see also special wines
Germany: The Caritas association Scheinfeld and district Neustadt / Aisch produces in cooperation with the beverage wholesaler Klaus Hilf, the economic development in the district Neustadt / Aisch and the tourism association Steigerwald in the growing area Franconia
a pope's wine "Vino di Benedetto XVI", which is in Bock bags
is bottled. On the label is a picture of Pope Benedict XVI. and the Caritas logo included. That the pope gave his likeness to the wine is due to the good relations of the Franciscan ministers Leo Beck from the Scheinfelder monastery Schwarzenberg, who worked in the Vatican. There are the wines Bacchus Bullenheimer Paradies, Portugieser Randersacker Ewig Leben and Rotling Franken. For every bottle sold, Caritas receives 50 cents.
Austria: In the wine-growing community German Kreutz
in the DAC area Mittelburgenland
was on the occasion of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. in September 2007, a separate "pope wine" pressed. It was a red wine from the variety Blaufränkisch
, which was bottled in a three-liter bottle and personally handed over by pilgrims to the pope in the famous place of pilgrimage Mariazell (Styria).