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There are countless anecdotes, stories and legends about the wine. Already in ancient writings and religious works, wine is a very popular and central topic. A good example is the Bible containing countless quotes about and in connection with the wine. One of the most beautiful is that in Psalm 104/15: The wine pleases the heart of man . Wine and love are a wonderful combination and many people probably owe their existence to a few glasses of wine. The vernacular expresses this aptly: where Bacchus Stokes the fire, Mrs. Venus sits at the stove . Many celebrities have anecdotes and quotes about wine. A true declaration of love to the champagne comes from Madame Lily Bollinger (1899-1977), the famous boss of the eponymous champagne house. One of the most beautiful anecdotes comes from the French statesman Prince Charles Maurice Talleyrand-Perigord (1754-1838).

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Wine & wine enjoyment in lyric

About no subject (except love) there are more poems and songs than about wine. In the Bremen Ratskeller, whose wine list One of the most comprehensive in the world is the rhyme: poetry is also the pouring of wine, only that the verses flow inwards.

Cycle of wine

One of the most beautiful songs is "cycle of wine". The text was written by Theobald Kerner (1817-1907), the son of the famous German physician and poet Justinus Kerner (1786-1862), after a grape variety is named. It was set to music by Kurt Lissmann (1902-1983):

From the grape to the barrel, from the barrel to the barrel,
From the barrel then oh bliss, in the bottle and in the glass.
From the glass to the throat, to the stomach through the throat,
And as a spirit then into the soul, and as a word then into the mouth,
From the words a little later, an enthusiastic song forms,
That goes through clouds in the ether, with humanity rejoicing,
And next spring again, then the songs fall fine,
Wet as dew on vines, and it will turn into wine.

Anacreontic imperative

After the Greek lyricist Anacreon (~ 580-495 BC) is called the Anakreontik, a style in the poetry, which deals with the joy of life, which includes the enjoyment of wine. The Swiss writer Fridolin Tschudi (1912-1966) wrote the rhyme "Anakreontischer Imperativ" on the topic:

Sipping a wine with wisdom, being happy that we are allowed to live,
Kissing a pretty maid, never ducking slavishly,
Maintain friendship with friends, move as normally as possible,
Do not envy the successes, be grateful and humble,
But be clear with yourself, yet preserve your pride,
Develop the talents freely, critically and awake,
Fight against the aging, dampen his own voice,
Even the adversaries can be accepted, Neither or others hate,
Never because of trifles, blue annoy or argue,
Or become hypochondriacal, endangering his happiness,
But quietly sipping his wine, And - as long as we still can,
The mentioned maid kiss. That's all we should do
Respectives should, respectively, should be able to.

The treasure graves

The German poet Gottfried August Bürger (1747-1797) was best known for his "Adventures of the Freiherr von Münchhausen" and his ballads. From him comes the poem "The Treasure Tombs", which deals with the laborious work In the vineyard, but which is worthwhile:

A winemaker, who laughed at death, called his children to us:
"In our vineyard lies a treasure, only digs for it!" "At what place?"
shouted everything loudly to the father. "Just dig!" Alas! the man died there.
As soon as the old man was brought in, they dug with their own strength.
With hoe, karst and spade, the vineyard was gathered around and around.
There was no lock that stayed calm; The earth was even thrown through the sieve
and pulled the rakes criss-cross, after each little stone.
Alone, there was no treasure, and everyone kept their heads.
But as soon as the next year appeared, one was astonished,
that each vine bore in triplicate. Only then did the sons become wise
and now - year in, year out, digging out the treasure more and more.

Weather & viticulture

Probably no other branch of agriculture is so dependent or affected by the rigors of the weather as viticulture. Again and again the vines are during the growth cycle through rain, hail and frost as well as numerous Vine enemies (Pests and diseases) affected. In Austria, there is a verse engraved in countless barrel bottoms and aptly expresses the painter's sorrows and worries: in the winter a Gfrier ( frost ), in spring koa blia (no blossom ), in summer a slide ( drought ) and in the fall Koa G'schia (no dishes). Surprisingly, after all kinds of bad things have happened, there is a rich harvest in the autumn, but new bad luck: the dishes (containers) for harvesting are missing. Conclusion: the winemaker always complains. There are a lot of Bauernregeln (Winzerregeln) with the attempt to predict the weather. These are often related to commemoration days of wine saints that should protect winemakers and vineyards by calling against evil. But all of this is scientifically unfounded or the area Esoteric assigned.

Alcohol as inspiration

The literary, musical and painter's story is full of alcohol-drinking to more or less alcohol-dependent persons, who gained inspiration, stimulus and strength for their works from the spirit of the bottle. These were among others Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles Bukowski, Lord Byron, Adalbert of Chamisso, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gerhart Hauptmann, Friedrich Hebbel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Jean Paul, Joseph Roth, Franz Schubert, Theodor Storm and Ludwig Uhland. US psychiatrist Donald W. Goodwin found that the percentage of alcoholics was nowhere near as high as that of American Nobel laureates. He cites as examples Sinclair Lewis, Eugene O'Neill, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck.

Some writers turned their alcohol dependency into a literary topic, such as Hans Fallada's heavily self-biographical novel Der Trinker and Jack London's König Alkohol. The US author Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is considered the founder of crime novels. In his exciting, eerie detective stories, he subtly builds up the action structure in an ingenious way and leads it to its climax. While writing, he regularly drank alcohol and was inspired by interruptions to find his way back into the fantastic world of his stories and to continue the story line. He thought about his grave with a glass for more than 70 years cognac the mysterious " Poe Toaster ".

But this is not to say that drinking alcohol in principle gives all people the ability to be artistically active or special talents and skills causes that would not exist without alcohol (in the sense, you drink a few glasses of wine and then you are one Friedrich von Schiller ). The German writer and poet Ludwig Tieck (1773-1853) describes this as follows: It is a flat view to believe that wine produces, directly, in itself, all the effects which we ascribe to it; no, its fragrance and breath only awakens qualities that rest in us. The Austrian writer Peter Rosegger (1843-1918) similarly described this more fully and made a declaration of love for the wine. An extensive listing of celebrities with their preferences is under favorite wines to find.

Quotes from Abraham a Sancta Clara to Carl Zuckmayer

Most of the following quotes also paint a positive picture of the wine or alcohol consumption. But there are some who warn against abuse, the most vivid in this respect is that of the Greek politician Eubulos. Some of them could be misunderstood, so the cautionary note: Alcohol is an excellent solvent. It dissolves families, marriages, friendships, employment relationships, bank accounts, liver and brain cells. It just does not solve any problems.

The saying on an ancient tombstone in Rome aptly describes the interaction of various pleasures. These beautify life, but they can also ruin it (in case of excess): Balnea, vina, Venus corrumpunt corpora nostra; sed vitam faciunt: balnea, vina, Venus (The baths, the wines, the love: they destroy our body, but they make up the life: the baths, the wines, the love).

Quotations - Aristotle, J. W. von Goethe, M. Luther, Napoleon, Richelieu Unknown source

Where Bacchus Stokes the fire, Mrs. Venus sits at the stove.

Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus freezes.

Wine is the marriage of heaven and earth.

Wine is the good spirit of conviviality. It awakens the spirits, makes the optimistic optimistic, the grumpy cheerful, accessible to the rich and conversational to the introverts.

The drunk says what the sober thinks.

In the cup more people drown than in the brook.

If the wine in the cup beckons, grab it and drink it fresh, but do not sit down at a table with every drinker.

Whoever was never drunk does not know the value of sobriety (China).

First, man drinks sake , then the sake drinks sake, and finally the sake drinks to the people (Japan).

Rain makes the grass grow, wine the conversation (Sweden).

When wine is in, wit is out - If wine is intused, then the mind is off (England).

Abraham a Sancta Clara (1644-1709)

Famous preacher in old Wien and writer, author of the Sauffnarren : Wine is a medicine, but if it is drunk without a manner, it is a poison. The wine is a refreshment of the heart, but if it is consumed unconscious, it is a death of the soul.

Alcaeus (600 BC)

Greek poet from the Aegean island Lesbos with the most well-known and also most-cited saying about wine: In vino veritas (In the wine lies the truth).

Archilochos of Palos (700-645 BC)

Greek lyric poet, on the effect of wine in long seafaring: Through the rudder banks, the cups are enough, open all the jugs for the drinkers, how could we sober over so much wine, the whole night watch?

Aristophanes (445-385 BC)

Greek comedy writer: You dare to slander the wine's inventive power? What do you find inspiring more the act than wine?

Aristotle (384-322 BC)

Greek philosopher, on the positive inspiration of artists by wine enjoyment: Tap in vain, who is without wine, at the Muse's door.

Augustine (354-430)

Most important Christian church teacher and philosopher: Spiritus non potset habitare in sicco (In the dry the spirit can not dwell).

Charles-Pierre Baudelaire (1821-1867)

French Poet and Lyricist (Intimate Diaries, The Flowers of Evil, The Artificial Paradise): Wine is like man, you will never know how much you can appreciate or despise, love or hate. Likewise, one does not know how many brilliant acts or outrageous misdeeds he is capable of. Let us not be crueler against him then as against ourselves and treat him as our equals. And a second quote: anyone who drinks only water has a secret to hide.

Benedict (480-542)

The founder of Benedictine stated - besides "Ora et labora" - as a rule of the order: It does not happen that we determine how much others should eat or drink. Nevertheless, considering weaker brothers, we believe that one hemina (about 0.27 l) a day is sufficient. Those, however, to whom God gave the gift of abstinence, may know that their special reward awaits.

Benedict XIV (1675-1758)

The pope after the enjoyment of Hungarian Tokaj him Maria Theresa sent as a gift: Benedikta sit terra, quae te germinavit; Benedicta mulier, qui te misit; Benedictus ego, qui te bibi (Blessed is the territory that brought you, Blessed is the woman who sent you, Blessed be I who drinks you).

Ambros Bierce (1842-1914)

American writer and journalist, whose black-humored and cynical prose, together with Edgar Allan Poe, is the master of the uncanny short story: a temperance-impaired person is tempted to deny himself a pleasure.

Rudolf G. Binding (1867-1938)

German staff officer and writer (Moselfahrt aus Liebeskummer): Wine is thinking and doing, wine is growth and prosperity, wine is the concern and enjoyment of the people. Wine is the answer.

Giovanni Boccacio (1313-1375)

Italian writer, democrat and poet (Decamerone) on wine enjoyment: It is better to repent of comrades than to regret that you have not enjoyed anything.

Lily Bollinger (1899-1977)

Legendary boss of the champagne house: I drink it when I'm happy, and I drink it when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone; in company I drink it anyway. Even if I have no appetite, I like to take a glass to me. And of course, when I'm hungry, I reach for him. But otherwise I will not touch it, except when I'm thirsty.

Ludwig Borne (1786-1837)

German journalist, columnist, literary and theater critic: One is only master, to refuse the first mug, not the second.

Jean Anthèlme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

French Gastrosoph, philosopher and writer (physiology of the taste - higher Tafelvergnügen): Considering the Bordeaux, in the Burgundy discussed, with champagne one commits follies.

Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908)

German poet and draftsman (Max and Moritz): Who, as wine and women haters, stands in the way of everyone, eat bread and drink water until he perishes.

Red wine is one of the best gifts for old boys.

Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)

American poet and writer: Life is an illusion caused by lack of alcohol.

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

In his novel "The high Window" orders the private investigator Philip Marlowe one Martini Cocktail in a bar: A martini. Dry. Very, very, very dry. The bartender: OK. Do you want to eat it with a spoon or knife and fork? Philip Marlowe: Cut it into strips. I just want to nibble on it.

Jules Chauvet (1907-1989)

French private scholar who deals with this quote for a non-invasive Winemaking: Le vin, moins on le touche, mieux ça vaut (The less you touch the wine, the better it gets).

Julia Child (1912-2004)

American cook and cookbook author: Wine is a living liquid. His life cycle includes youth, maturity, old age and death. If he is not treated with due respect, he falls ill and dies.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

British Prime Minister, about the "recipe" for one Martini Cocktail, which he uses for "most economical" use of wormwood when pronouncing this classic beverage pronounces (but the saying is also awarded to the US actor Humphrey Bogart): The driest Martini is a bottle of good gin who once stood next to a vermouth bottle.

Sir, if you were my husband, I would poison your drink. - Gracious, if you were my wife, I would drink him (Winston Churchill to his daughter-in-law Lady Astor).

Paul Claudel (1868-1955)

French writer and diplomat, member of the Académie Française (Annunciation, The Silk Boot): Wine is the teacher of good taste. And as he raises to an inner attention, he is the liberator of the mind and the enlightener of the mind. And finally, wine is a symbol and a means of social fraternization. Between the guests, the table becomes a platform of community, and the cup that makes the round fills us with indulgence and sympathy for our neighbor.

Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Spanish painter and sculptor: who can enjoy, no longer drinks wine, but costs secrets.

Alighieri Dante (1265-1321)

Italian Poet and Philosopher (Banquet, Divine Comedy): From the very beginning of creation, a force is added to the wine to illuminate the shady way to the truth.

Joseph Karl Benedikt Freiherr von Eichendorff (1788-1857)

German poet and writer: Much food makes much wider and does not help to heaven. It crashes the ladder, comes a heavy weight. The drinking is smarter, it tastes like an idea. You do not need a ladder that goes straight up!

Elisabeth (1709-1762)

The Russian Tsarina ordered in a letter a delivery of 375 barrels Tokaj and added as a postscript: Send with messengers at least three Antal (barrels of about 75 liters), which I can get anywhere here, where I can not be without the wine, as you know.

Epictet (60-140)

Greek philosopher (Stoic): The vine carries three grapes: the first brings the lust, the second the intoxication, the third the crime.

Eubulos (405-335 BC)

Greek politician on the right measure: I prepare three cups for the moderate: one on health, which is emptied first, the second on love and lust, the third on sleep. After this mug, the wise guest goes home. The fourth cup is no longer ours, but belongs to arrogance; the fifth is the riot, the sixth is the drunken exuberance, the seventh is the power, the eighth is the lawman, the ninth the wrath, and the tenth the rage and the demolition of the furniture.

Euripides (480-406 BC)

Greek tragedian: Where wine is lacking, then the charm of Venus dies, the sky is desolate and joyless.

If the wine were not, every love-lust and joy would have to disappear from the human world.

If you do not enjoy drinking, you are a fool.


The literary figure in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part IV, 3: No one can make him laugh. But that's no wonder: he does not drink wine.

WC Fields (1880-1946)

US actor, comedian, and juggler after an intoxication: I feel like a dwarf with dirty feet was running all night on my tongue.

Johann Baptist Fischart - "Mentzer" (1546-1591)

German writer, master of the word game (Geschichtsklitterung): The dearest Buhle, which I han, which lies with the host in the cellar. He has a wooden Röcklin, and is called Muskateller.

Alexander Fleming (1881-1955)

British bacteriologist, discoverer of the penicillin : Penicillin makes people healthy, but good wine (in moderation) makes them happy.

Theodor Fontane (1819-1898)

German journalist and writer (The Stechlin, Effi Briest): If you have the choice between oysters and champagne, so usually one usually decides for both.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

American statesman, scientist, writer and inventor (eg lightning rod): When the wine enters, the truth goes out (when the wine comes in, the truth / honesty goes out).

Wine is the proof that God loves us.

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Italian naturalist and astronomer (And she moves): wine is light bound by water .

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

German poet laureate and great wine lover with countless sayings and rhymes: A girl and a glass of wine, which relieve all hardship, and who does not kiss and who does not drink, is long dead.

Without wine and without women, the devil gets our bodies.

First of all, man learns to drink, and much later he learns to eat, so, thankfully, he should not forget to drink.

Because my opinion is not exaggerated, if you can not drink, you should not love.

We all have to be drunk. Youth is drunkenness without wine, age is drinking back to youth, so it's wonderful virtue. Worrying is the life of love, and care-breakers are the grapevines.

Hippolytus Guarinoni (1571-1654)

Tyrolean town doctor: There is no drink among all that better agrees with our blood and our natural nourishment than the red wine, and turns it into our blood.

Hafiz (1324-1390)

Most famous Persian poet (real name Mohammed Shams ed-Din): Still the time of youth lasts, the best is only wine. The best thing for the afflicted is to be wild and drunk. The world is desolate from the vertex to the feet edge. Desolation is the best in a desolate land.

Wilhelm Ritter von Hamm (1820-1880)

German agronomist, entrepreneur and politician: white wine stimulates the imagination in the morning, the senses are sharpened in their receptivity, the impressions are perceived quickly and clearly, the voice becomes fuller and stronger, the fatigue disappears. This creates a feeling of well-being and pleasure, of increased strength and newly courage.

Hammurabi (1728-1686 BC)

Babylonian king, creator of the first wine law: wine is one of the most precious gifts of the earth. So he demands love and respect, we have to respect him.

Wilhelm Hauff (1802-1827)

German writer of Romanticism; Fairy tales and legends (caliph stork, dwarf nose): I believe that sex feels that it is no longer worthy of noble wine.

Johann Peter Hebel (1760-1826)

German dialect poet from the Markgräfler-Land (Alemannic poems): One may miss a lot of things and not covet this and that, but there will be few men who hate women and the wine.

Friedrich Hebbel (1813-1863)

German writer (Herodes and Mariamne): Wine is the noblest embodiment of the natural spirit.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)

German philosopher of idealism: in the wine is truth; and you bump into it everywhere.

Heinrich Heine (1997-1856)

German writer, journalist and poet: I know: they secretly drink wine and publicly preach water.

Henri d'Andeli (13th century)

Norman minstrel in his controversial poem "La bataille des vins" (The battle of the wines): By the consumption of good wines all illnesses up to the day of the death could be avoided.

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

German writer (Siddharta, The Steppenwolf): He made me a hermit and a peasant king, poet and sage. That's the wine! But it is with him as with all the delicious gifts and arts. He wants to be loved, sought after, understood and laboriously won.

Theodor Heuss (1884-1963)

German President (has repeatedly used the quote in abbreviated form, but it comes from an unknown source): Who sins wine sins - who works wine drinks - who enjoys wine prays.

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)

Famous Naturopath and Benedictine Abbess: The wine, moderately enjoyed, heals and delights man deeply by his great power and warmth. A second saying: wine is blood of the earth.

Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798-1874)

German university teacher and poet, author of the German song : Stay forever, dumb world, sunk in sobriety, I drank myself into the star tent, even boldly.

Homer (8th century BC)

Greek poet, saying from his work "Iliad": The wine renews the power of tired men.

Horace (65-8 AD)

Roman poet, who created the well-known Epicurean phrase "Carpe diem!" ("Enjoy the day" or freely translated "Take the time!"). This comes from the four-volume work "Carmina" (heavily shortened): Live with reason, clarify the wine and limit distant hope for short duration! Enjoy the day, as gullible as possible towards the next!

Ibn al-Faqih (10th century)

Persian Historian (Book of Countries): The trunk of the vine is the best drink. He is a cure without harm. With his fragrance and his healthy nature, he stands above all drugs in the defense against evil.

Jesus Sirach (around 200 BC)

Jewish sage in the eponymous Jewish book (Ecclesiasticus) In the Old Testament: Do not be a wine-addict, the wine kills many people. The wine makes life better for man, if one drinks it moderately. And what is life, since there is no wine? The wine is created to make people happy. But if you drink too much, it brings heartache. The drunkenness makes a great fool even better.

Nicolas Joly

French star winemaker and owner of the Château de la Roche-aux-Moines : The quality of a wine, like music, consists of three components. First the instrument, the vineyard. Then the musician, the winemaker. And finally, the acoustics in viticulture, the resonance - the connection with the archetypal forces of vine and vineyard. in the Biodynamic viticulture this resonance is intensified immensely.

Omar Khayyam (11th century)

Persian poet and astronomer: Every day I recollect that I let drink and repent; but since the scent of roses has appeared the fair Lenz - I regret my remorse. A second verse: The good see only fine virtue in wine, The bad only crime, deceit and cunning. Wine is the mirror of our colorful life, you can see in wines what you are.

Nicholas Lenau (1802-1850)

The Austrian poet paid homage to the Hungarian Tokaj in the poem "Mishka on the Tisza" as follows: High the bottle in the left, High the saber in the right, And the horsemen through the throats, Flows in the dance the sweet fire, Flows the glorious Tokay.

Gottholm Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781)

German writer of the Enlightenment (Minna von Barnhelm, Nathan the Wise): I do not know if I'll live tomorrow. But if I live tomorrow, that I will drink then, I certainly know.

From the poem "The eloquence": Friends, water makes mute: Learn this by the fish. But wine turns around: this learns at our tables. What kind of speakers are we not when the Rhine wine speaks from us. We admonish, argue, teach; Nobody wants to hear the other.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

German mathematician, experimental physicist and writer: It is against the wine only the evil deeds, to which he enticed, but he also leads to a hundred good, who are not so well known. The wine is effective, the good in the good, the bad in the bad.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

German religious reformer and Bible translator. The first one is probably the best known, but it is not certain that this one is actually from Luther:

He who does not love wine, woman and song, remains a Thor for life . There is also a parody of this: who does not love wine, women and song, saves a lot of money all his life .

Beer is human, but wine is from God . And a third: among all fruits, wine is the most noble in the whole world, refreshing and pleasing the heart of man.

Vinum et mulieres apostatare faciunt sapientes (wine and women beguile the wise) .

Moses Maimonides (1135-1204)

Jewish philosopher, physician and jurist (most important Jewish scholar of the Middle Ages): The older a person is in years, the more useful wine is for him. Of all people most need him the elderly.

Dean Martin (1917-1995)

American actor and entertainer: One is not drunk as long as one can still lie on the ground without having to hold on tight.


The Prince of Darkness (Devil) to Dr. Faust in Goethe's Faust I, The witch's kitchen: You look with this potion in the body, now Helenen in every woman.

Molière - Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673)

French actor, theater director and dramatist (The Imaginary Sick): A book, a friend and a bottle of wine give you bliss.

Wilhelm Müller (1794-1827)

German poet, his face "the beautiful miller" was by Franz Schubert set to music. His poem "Noah's Ark" begins as follows: The food, not the drink, takes us around the paradise, Adam must continue to limp, whether his apple bite. The wine gives to everyone, the aftertaste of the Eden.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

French Emperor, on the enjoyment of champagne After the victory you deserve him, after the defeat you need him.

ovid (43 BC to 8 AD)

Roman poet, about the aphrodisiac Effect of the wine: If you are blissfully happy to the sides of the beautiful, please ask the gods that the wine does not confuse your senses. Powerful drunkenness disturbs, it harms and disgusts. A tiny Schwips'chen, however, more gemimt than drunk, helps you to play.

Kostis Papajorgis (* 1940)

Greek philosopher, author of "The intoxication - A philosophical aperitif ": A person drinks to become to a greater extent what he already is.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

US writer, to the crowd Martini cocktails you can drink: I like to have a martini, two at the very most. After three I'm under my table! (I like to drink martinis, but two are served enough, because after three I lie under the table and four under the host).

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)

French chemist: Wine can be rightly called the healthiest and most hygienic drink. A second saying: A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.

Plutarch (45-125)

Greek philosopher: wine is the most useful among the drinks, the tastiest among the medicines, the most pleasant among the foods.

Life is far too short to drink bad wine.

Madame Pompadour (1721-1764)

Mistress of Louis XV. (1710-1774): Champagne is the only drink that makes women more beautiful the more they drink.

François Rabelais (1494-1553)

French writer (5-tape cycle cycle Gargantua and Pantagruel): So merry, my dears, and let it be well to your belly and your loins. But do not forget to drink, you donkey faces, otherwise the plague will plague you.

Johann Rasch (1540-1612)

Clergyman in Wien and historical wine-book author: That God has b'schert for man's body, the wine that he expends his care, the heart refresh and make happy, that is the reason of all things.

Keith Richards (1943)

English musician and songwriter, guitarist of the Rolling Stones: The best parties are those you can not remember. Everything else is no good.

Armand Jean du Plessis Richelieu (1585-1642)

French cardinal and statesman: Whoever does not drink wine, escapes much enjoyment, but whoever drinks the wine wrong, spoils himself and others the enjoyment.

If God had forbidden to drink wine, would he let the wine grow so splendidly?

Joachim Ringelnatz (1883-1934)

German Poet and Narrator (Boomerang): The best magnifying glasses for the pleasures of the world are those that you drink from.

Being a Saint Bernard is the last thing I want to be. Keep the bottle on your neck and never drink!

Peter Rosegger (1843-1918)

Austrian writer, so to speak, wrote a declaration of love to the wine as a constant source of inspiration (see there).

George Saintsbury (1845-1933)

English scholar, literary historian and author of the famous "Notes of a Cellarbook": A good wine pleases my senses, cheers my mood and improves my moral and intellectual powers.

Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805)

German poet and playwright: On the mountains free heights, In the midday sun Sparkle, On the warm ray forces, Nature witnesses the golden wine. And yet no one has explored how the great mother creates: Unfathomable is the work, Unforestable is the power.

Seneca (4 BC-65 AD)

Roman politician and poet: as in freedom, wine temperance is salutary.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

In his drama Macbeth, the English playwright describes the problem of having too much alcohol in connection with sex: the trunk is a big carrier of three things - red noses, sleep and urine. He promotes and suppresses booing at the same time: he promotes desire and weakens the action.

George Bernhard Shaw (1856-1950)

Irish Writer: This is the only way to enjoy wine - when a few knowledgeable and enthusiastic friends come together and feel free to indulge in unadulterated delight.

Alcohol is the anesthetic we use to survive the operation.

Socrates (469-399 BC)

Greek philosopher: Wine moisturizes and temperes the spirit and weighs the cares of the mind into sleep. He enlivens our joys and is oil on the dying flame of life. If we drink moderately and in small puffs, the wine goes into our lungs like the sweetest morning dew. Then the wine commits no robbery on our reason, but invites us to friendly cheerfulness.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Scottish writer (The Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). Incidentally, the quote is contained on a large sign on a driveway to the Napa Valley stands: Wine is poetry in bottles.

Theodor Storm (1817-1888)

German lyric poet from his poem "October Song": The fog is rising, the foliage is falling; Give the wine, the beautiful! We want the gray day - gild, yes gild!

André Tchelistcheff (1901-1994)

Russian oenologist, at a tasting in San Francisco in 1971: Enjoying an old wine is like a physical love of an old lady. It is possible; it may even be fun, but it requires a little bit of imagination.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Russian writer in conversation with his colleague Maxim Gorki (1868-1936): I do not like drunks, but I know people who become interesting when they have drunk one, then through wit, beauty of thought, fluency and wealth of language shine. All things that leave them in a sober state. That's why I'm ready to praise the wine.


Main character Satyricon of Petronius : Vita vinum est (wine is life) .

Kurt Tucholsky (1890-1935)

German writer (Gripsholm Castle, Germany Germany about everything): In a rush is the most beautiful moment he begins and the memory of him. Tucholsky especially loved the wines from the Franconian region, the wines of the famous winery Bürgerspital He said: We should not have drunk so much Steinwein. But that's hard: something of purity, of clear power, of sun and sun-soaked earth was not there yet. And that was only the open in glasses - how will that be until the pressed bottles of the bag are put on the table.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

American writer (Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn): Champagne is probably the luckiest source of inspiration.

Urban VIII. (1568-1644)

The Pope on the Italian mathematician, physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) in Bertolt Brecht's "The Life of Galileo": He knows more pleasures than any man I have ever met. He thinks out of sensuality. He could not say no to an old wine and a new thought.

Victoria (1819-1901)

English queen, who loved the Riesling from Hochheim (Rheingau): Good Hoc keeps off the Doc (Good Hochheimer makes the doctor superfluous).

Henri Vidal (1919-2000)

French film and stage actors: When you think of white wine, when talking about red wine, you do silly things with sparkling wine.

Voltaire - François-Marie Arouet (1694 -1778)

French philosopher and writer: Wine is the nightingale among the drinks.

David Raines Wallace (1945)

US writer on nature conservation and natural history (The Monkey's Bridge): The fermentation was perhaps a bigger discovery than the fire.

Orson Welles (1915-1985)

American actor: There are three things in life that are unbearable: cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and an overwrought woman.

Oswald Selva (1377-1445)

Singer, poet and diplomat, about a wine from the Lake Constance : The wine is sweet as sleazy slaughter, which makes the throat rough and sick, that confused my sweet song, often according to Tramin my thought.


Motto of the Order, which has decisively influenced the European viticulture: Qui bon vin boit, Dieu voit (you give good ones, you look God in the wine).

Carl Zuckmayer (1896-1977)

German writer; see under his comedy The cheerful vineyard,

See also the topic-related keywords Bauernregeln. Customs in viticulture and toasts,

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