Already at least in the Middle Ages, wine producers tried to win renown with the prestigious role of the papacy or to capitalize on it. Since then, countless wines have been produced with and without the official approval of the Vatican, which have linked 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) expanded summer residence north of Avignon. From 1309 to 1377 the city of Avignon was the seat of the popes. Today there is only a ruin. Below are two recent examples (see also under special wines
Germany: The Caritasverband Scheinfeld and Landkreis Neustadt / Aisch produces in cooperation with the beverage wholesaler Klaus Hilf, the business development in the district Neustadt / Aisch and the tourism association Steigerwald in the cultivation area Franconia
a pope wine "Vino di Benedetto XVI", which in Bock bags
is filled. On the label is a picture of Pope Benedict XVI. and contain the Caritas logo. The fact that the Pope gave his likeness to the wine is due to the good relations of the Franciscan minister Leo Beck from the Scheinfeld monastery in Schwarzenberg, who worked in the Vatican. There are the wines Bacchus Bullenheimer Paradies, Portugieser Randersacker Ewig Leben and Rotling Franken. Caritas receives 50 cents for every bottle sold.
Austria: In the winegrowing community German Kreutz
in the DAC area Mittelburgenland
was on the occasion of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. made his own "Papstwein" in September 2007. It was a red wine from the Blaufränkisch
variety, which was filled into a three-liter bottle and personally handed over by pilgrims to the Pope in the famous pilgrimage town of Mariazell (Styria).