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There are countless anecdotes, stories and legends about wine. Wine is a very popular and central topic even in ancient writings and religious works. A good example is that Bible, which contains countless quotes about and in connection with wine. One of the most beautiful is that in Psalm 104/15: Wine delights the heart of man . Wine and love are a wonderful connection and quite a few people probably owe their existence to a few glasses of wine enjoyed. Popularly put it this way: Where Bacchus stoking the fire, Ms. Venus is sitting by the stove . There are anecdotes and quotes about wine from many famous people. A true declaration of love to the champagne comes from Madame Lily Bollinger (1899-1977), the famous boss of the champagne house of the same name. One of the most beautiful anecdotes comes from the French statesman Prince Charles Maurice Talleyrand-Perigord (1754-1838).

Zitate - Buch und Weinglas

Wine & wine enjoyment in poetry

There are no more poems and songs on any subject (except love) than on wine. In the Bremen Ratskeller, whose wine list The rhyme is one of the most extensive in the world: poetry is also wine enjoyment, only that the verse flows inwards.

Cycle of wine

One of the most beautiful songs is "Wine Cycle". The text was written by Theobald Kerner (1817-1907), the son of the well-known German doctor and poet Justinus Kerner (1786-1862), after whom 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, into the bottle and into the glass.
From the glass into the throat, into the stomach through the throat,
And then as a spirit in the soul, and as a word then in the mouth,
From the words a little later, an inspiring 'song is formed,
That pulls through clouds into the ether, cheers with mankind,
And next spring again, then the songs fall fine,
Wet as dew on vines, and this becomes wine again.

Anacreontic imperative

According to the Greek poet Anacreon (~ 580-495 BC) anacreontics is named, a style in poetry that deals with the joy of life, which also includes wine enjoyment. The Swiss writer Fridolin Tschudi (1912-1966) wrote the rhyme "Anacreontic Imperative":

Sip a wine with reason, be glad that we can live,
Kiss a pretty maiden, Never have to crouch slavishly,
Maintain friendship with friends, move as normally as possible,
Don't envy success, be thankful and humble,
But be clear with yourself, Still keep your pride,
Unleash your talents, behave critically and awake,
Fight against old age, dampen his own voice,
Also accept the opponents, neither hate yourself nor others,
Never annoy or argue about nothing, blue,
Or become hypochondriacal, jeopardizing your happiness
But sip his wine quietly, And - as long as we can still
Kiss the maiden mentioned. That's all we should
Respectively should or should be able to.

The treasure hunters

The German poet Gottfried August Bürger (1747-1797) was best known for his "Adventures of the Baron of Munchausen" and his ballads. He wrote the poem "Die Schatzgräber", which deals with the laborious work in the vineyard, but which is worth it:

A winemaker who laughed (died) called his children to us and said:
"There is a treasure in our vineyard, just dig for it!" "Where is it?"
everyone shouted loudly at the father. "Just dig!" O woe! then the man died.
No sooner had the old man been brought in than they dug at their strength.
With hoe, karst and spade the vineyard was gathered around.
There was no lump that remained calm; the earth was even thrown through the sieve
and pulled the rakes back and forth after each pebble.
Alone, no treasure was felt, and everyone kept leading.
But the next year hardly appeared, so it was surprising
that each vine carried triple. Only then did the sons become wise
and now - year in and year out, dug out the treasure more and more.

Weather & viticulture

No other branch of agriculture is as dependent or affected by the harsh weather as viticulture. The vines are kept growing during the growth cycle through rain, hail and frost as well as numerous Vine enemies (Pests and diseases). In Austria there is a verse for this, which is carved into countless barrel bottoms and expresses the winemaker's suffering and sorrows: In winter a Gfrier ( frost ), in the spring koa Blia (none blossom ), in summer a slide ( drought ) and in autumn koa G'schia (no dishes). After everything bad has happened, there is surprisingly a rich harvest in autumn, but a new hardship: the dishes (containers) for harvesting are missing. Conclusion: the winemaker always wails. There are a myriad of Bauernregeln (Winemaker rules) trying to predict the weather. These are often related to memorial days of wine saints who are supposed to protect winegrowers and vineyards from mischief by calling. But all of this is not scientifically justifiable or the area Esoteric assigned.

Alcohol as inspiration

The history of literature, music and painting is full of people who drink alcohol or who are more or less alcohol-dependent, who gained inspiration, stimulation and strength for their works from the spirit of the bottle. These included Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles Bukowski, Lord Byron, Adalbert von 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 is nowhere higher than among American Nobel Prize winners. He mentions Sinclair Lewis, Eugene O'Neill, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck as examples.

Some writers made their alcohol addiction a literary subject, such as Hans Fallada with the highly self-biographical novel "The Drinker" and Jack London with "King Alcohol". The US author Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is considered the founder of crime novels. In his exciting, eerie detective stories, he cleverly builds up the plot structure and leads it to the climax. He regularly drank alcohol while writing and was inspired by it again and again, in order to find his way back into the fantastic world of thoughts of his stories and continue the storyline. He remembered his tomb with a glass for over 70 years cognac the mysterious " Poe Toaster ".

However, this is not to say that drinking alcohol basically gives everyone the ability to be artistically active or creates special talents and skills that would not exist without alcohol (so in the sense that you drink a few glasses of wine and you're 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 directly, in itself, produces all the effects that we attribute to it; no, its scent and breath only awakens qualities that rest in us. The Austrian writer Peter Rosegger (1843-1918) similarly described this even more comprehensively and made wine a declaration of love. An extensive listing of celebrities with their preferences is below favorite wines to find.

Quotes from Abraham a Sancta Clara to Carl Zuckmayer

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

Zitate - Aristoteles, J. W. von Goethe, M. Luther, Napoleon, Richelieu

The saying on an ancient tombstone in Rome aptly describes the interaction of different delights. These beautify life, but they can also destroy it (if there is too much ): Balnea, vina, Venus corrumpunt corpora nostra; sed vitam faciunt: balnea, vina, Venus (The baths, the wines, the love: they destroy our bodies; but they make life: the baths, the wines, the love).

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  • Where Bacchus stoking the fire, Ms. Venus is sitting by the stove.
  • Without Ceres and Bacchus, Venus freezes.
  • Wine is the marriage of heaven and earth.
  • Wine is the good spirit of conviviality. He awakens the spirits,
    makes the worried optimistic, the grumpy cheerful,
    accessible to the rich and talkative to the introverts.
  • The drunk says what the sober thinks.
  • More people drown in the cup than in the stream.
  • If the wine beckons you in the cup, grab it and drink fresh,
    but don't sit at a table with every mug.
  • Those who have never been drunk do not know the value of sobriety (China).
  • First people drink sake , then the sake drinks sake,
    and finally the sake drinks man (Japan).
  • Rain makes the grass grow, wine the conversation (Sweden).
  • When wine is in, wit is out
    If wine is intimate, the mind is off (England).
  • Vinum et mulieres apostatare faciunt sapientes
    (Wine and women beguile the wise).

Abraham a Sancta Clara (1644-1709)

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

Alkaeus (600 BC)

Greek poet from the Aegean island Lesbos with probably the best known and also most quoted saying about wine: In vino veritas (The truth lies in the wine).

Archilochus of Palos (700-645 BC)

Greek poet, about the effect of wine during a long sea voyage: the cups reach through the oars, open all the jugs for the drinkers, how could we be sober all night watch with so much wine?

Aristophanes (445-385 BC)

Greek comedy poet : You dare to abuse wine's inventive power? What would you find more inspiring than deed?

Aristotle (384-322 BC)

Greek philosopher, about the positive inspiration of artists through wine enjoyment: In vain, whoever is without wine knocks on the Muse gate.

Augustine (354-430)

Most important Christian church teacher and philosopher: Spiritus non potset habitare in sicco (the spirit cannot live in the dry).

Charles-Pierre Baudelaire (1821-1867)

French poet and lyricist (intimate diaries, The Flowers of Evil, The Artificial Paradises): Wine is like a human being, you will never really know to what extent you can appreciate or despise it, love it or hate it. Likewise, one does not know how many outstanding actions or outrageous misdeeds he is capable of. Let us not be more cruel to him than to ourselves and let us treat him as our own. And a second quote: Whoever only drinks water has a secret to hide.

Benedict (480-542)

The founder of Benedictine - in addition to "Ora et labora" - stated as a rule of the order: It is reluctant that we determine how many others should eat or drink. Still, considering weaker brothers, we believe that one hemina (about 0.27 l) a day is sufficient. However, those to whom God gave the gift of abstinence may know that their special reward awaits.

Benedict XIV (1675-1758)

The Pope after enjoying 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 area that brought you; Blessed is the woman who sent you; Blessed be I who drinks you).

Ambros Bierce (1842-1914)

American writer and journalist who, along with Edgar Allan Poe, is considered a master of the eerie short story with his black-humorous and cynical prose: an abstainer is a weak character who succumbs to the temptation to give himself pleasure.

Rudolf G. Binding (1867-1938)

German staff officer and writer (trip to the Moselle from a heartache): Wine is thinking and doing, Wine is growth and prosperity, Wine is people's concern and enjoyment. Wine is the answer.

Giovanni Boccacio (1313-1375)

Italian writer, democrat and poet (Decamerone) about enjoying wine: it is better to regret what you have enjoyed 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; I drink it in company anyway. Even if I have no appetite, I like to take a glass. And of course, if I have an appetite, I also take it. But otherwise I don't touch him, unless - when I'm thirsty.

Ludwig Börne (1786-1837)

German journalist, feature writer, literary and theater critic: One is only gentleman to refuse the first mug, not the second.

Jean Anthèlme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826)

French gastrosoph, philosopher and writer (physiology of taste - greater dining pleasure): Considering Bordeaux, discussing Burgundy, champagne, you do foolish things.

Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908)

German poet and draftsman (Max and Moritz): Whoever stands in the way of wine and women haters, eat bread and drink water until they perish.

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 a lack of alcohol.

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Private investigator Philip Marlowe orders one in his novel The High Window 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 with a knife and fork? Philip Marlowe: Cut it into strips. I just want to nibble on it.

Jules Chauvet (1907-1989)

French private scholar with this quote for a non-invasive Pronounced 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. Its life cycle includes youth, maturity, old age and death. If he is not treated with sufficient respect, he falls ill and dies.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

British Prime Minister, on the "recipe" for one Martini Cocktail, with which he advocated the "most economical" use of wormwood says when preparing this classic drink (but the saying is also said 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. - Dearest, if you were my wife, I would drink it (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 Shoe): Wine is the master of good taste. And since he is raising inner attention, he is the liberator of the mind and the illuminator of the mind. And finally, wine is a symbol and means of social fraternization. Between the guests, the table becomes a platform for the community, and the cup that goes around fills us with tolerance and sympathy for our neighbors.

Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Spanish painter and sculptor: Whoever 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, wine has a power to illuminate the shady path to truth.

Joseph Karl Benedikt Baron von Eichendorff (1788-1857)

German poet and writer: A lot of food makes a lot wider and does not help to heaven. The ladder of heaven crashes, so comes a heavy weight. Drinking is smarter, it tastes like an idea. You don't need a ladder, that goes straight up!

Elisabeth (1709-1762)

In a letter, the Russian tsarina ordered a delivery of 375 barrels Tokaj and added as a postscript: Send with messengers at least three Antal (barrels of approx. 75 liters), which I cannot get anywhere here, since I cannot be without the wine, as you know.

Epictetus (60-140)

Greek philosopher (Stoiker): The vine bears three grapes: the first brings sensuality, the second the intoxication, the third the crime.

Eubulus (405-335 BC)

Greek politician about the right measure: I prepare three cups for the moderate: one for health, which is emptied first, the second for love and pleasure, the third for sleep. After this mug the wise guest goes home. The fourth cup is no longer ours, but belongs to the high spirits; the fifth to the turmoil, the sixth to the drunken exuberance, the seventh to the violence, the eighth to the law enforcement officer, the ninth to anger and the tenth to frenzy and demolition of the furniture.

Euripides (480-406 BC) - Greek tragic:

  • Where the wine is missing, the charm of Venus dies, the sky is desolate and joyless.
  • If it weren't for the wine, all love and joy would vanish from the human world.
  • If you don't enjoy drinking, you're a fool.


The literary figure in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part Two, IV: No one can make him laugh either. But it's no wonder: he doesn't drink wine.

WC Fields (1880-1946)

US actor, comedian and juggler after a high: I feel like a dwarf with dirty feet has been walking on my tongue all night.

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

German writer, master of puns (historical cleavage ): The dearest boy I have is lying with the landlord in the basement. He is wearing a wooden skirt and is called the Muscat.

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 (Der Stechlin, Effi Briest): If you have the choice between oysters and champagne, one usually decides to do both.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

American statesman, scientist, writer and inventor:

  • When the Wine enters, goes out the Truth
    (When the wine comes in, the truth / honesty goes out).
  • Wine is proof that God loves us.

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

Italian naturalist and astronomer (and yet she is moving): Wine is light bound by water .

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

German poet prince and great wine lover with countless sayings and rhymes:

  • A girl and a glass of wine alleviate all hardship
    and whoever does not kiss and who does not drink has long been dead.
  • Without wine and without women, the devil take our bodies.
  • Humans learn to drink first, much later learn to eat,
    out of gratitude 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, old age drinks to youth again, so it is wonderful virtue. Life creates worries. The grapevines are worry-breakers.

Hippolytus guarinoni (1571-1654)

Tyrolean city doctor: There is no tranck among everyone who agrees better with our blood and our natural food (fits) than the red wine and who turns it into our blood.

Hafiz (1324-1390)

Most famous Persian poet (real name Mohammed Schams ed-Din): The time of youth still lives, the best is only wine. The best thing for the afflicted is being drunk and drunk. The world is desolate from top to toe. Deserting is the best in a desert country.

Wilhelm Ritter von Hamm (1820-1880)

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

Hammurabi (1728-1686 BC)

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

Wilhelm Hauff (1802-1827)

German romantic writer; Fairy tales and legends (caliph stork, dwarf nose): I think this sex feels that it is no longer worth a fine wine.

Johann Peter Hebel (1760-1826)

German dialect poet from the Markgräfler country (Alemannic poems): You may lack a lot of things and you may not want this and that, but there will be few men who hate women and wine.

Friedrich Hebbel (1813-1863)

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

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)

German philosopher of idealism: there is truth in wine; and with it you can toast 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 poem "La bataille des vins" (The Battle of Wines): By drinking good wine, all diseases could be avoided until the day of death.

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

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

Theodor Heuss (1884-1963)

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

Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)

Famous alternative practitioner and Benedictine abbess: The wine, moderately enjoyed, heals and delights people deeply with its great strength and warmth. A second saying: Wine is blood of the earth.

Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798-1874)

German university professor and poet, author of the Deutschlandlied: You always remain, dumb world, sunk in sobriety, I drank myself into the star tent, even boldly upstairs.

Homer (8th century BC)

Greek poet, saying from his work "Ilias": Wine renews the strength of tired men.

Horace (AD 65-8)

Roman poet who created the well-known epicurean motto "Carpe diem!" ("Enjoy / use the day" or freely translated "use the time!"). This comes from the four-volume work "Carmina" (greatly shortened): Live with reason, clarify the wine and limit distant hope for a short time! Enjoy the day, as little gullible as possible about the following!

Ibn al-Faqih (10th century)

Persian historian (Book of Lands): The drink of the vine is the best drink. It is a cure without harm. With its fragrance and healthy nature, it stands above all medicines in the defense against evil.

Jesus Sirach (around 200 BC)

Jewish sage in the Jewish book of the same name (Ecclesiasticus) in the Old Testament: Don't be a wine drunkard, because wine kills a lot of people. Wine gives life to people, if you drink 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 heartbreak. 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 lastly, the acoustics in viticulture, the resonance - the connection with the archetypal forces of the vine and vineyard. in the Biodynamic viticulture this resonance is strengthened immensely.

Omar Khayyam (11th century)

Persian poet and astronomer: Every day I make a new effort to stop drinking and regret it; but sweet Lenz has appeared since the full scent of roses - I regret my regrets. A second verse: the good only see noble virtue in wine, the bad only crimes, deceit and cunning. Wine is the mirror of our colorful life, you see what you are in the wine.

Nikolaus Lenau (1802-1850)

The Austrian poet paid homage to the Hungarian Tokaj in the poem "Mischka on the Tisza" as follows: high the bottle in the left, high the saber in the right, and the horsemen through the throats, the sweet fire flows in dance, the magnificent Tokajer flows.

Gottholm Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781)

German Enlightenment writer (Minna von Barnhelm, Nathan the Wise): Of course I don't know whether I will live tomorrow. But if I live tomorrow that I will drink then I know for sure.

From the poem "Eloquence": Friends, water makes you mute: Learn this from the fish. But the opposite is true when it comes to wine: it learns at our tables. What kind of speakers we are 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: One only leads against the wine the evil deeds it leads to, but it also leads to a hundred good ones that are not so well known. Wine stimulates effectiveness, the good in the good, the bad in the bad.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

German religious reformer and Bible translator. The first is probably the most well-known, but it is not certain with this one in particular whether it actually comes from Luther:

  • Whoever does not love wine, women and singing will remain a Thor throughout his life .
  • If you don't love wine, women and singing, you will save a lot of money all your life .
  • Beer is man-made, but wine is from God .
  • The wine is the finest of all fruits in the whole world,
    that refreshes and delights the heart of man.

Moses Maimonides (1135-1204)

Jewish philosopher, doctor and legal scholar (most important Jewish scholar of the Middle Ages): The older a person is in years, the more useful the wine is for him. Most of all, the elderly have him.

Dean Martin (1917-1995)

American actor and entertainer: You are not drunk as long as you can still lie on the floor without having to hold on.


The Prince of Darkness (Devil) to Dr. Faust in Goethe's Faust I, The Witches' Kitchen: You see with this potion in your body, soon Helenen in every woman.

Molière - Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673)

French actor, theater director and playwright (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 designed by Franz Schubert set to music. His poem "Noah's ark" begins as follows: Eating, not drinking, takes us to paradise, Adam must continue to limp over his apple bite. The wine gives everyone the aftertaste of Eden.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

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

ovid (43 BC to 8 AD)

Roman poet, about the aphrodisiac Effect of the wine: If you are happily lying to the side of the beautiful with a happy feast, ask the gods that the wine does not confuse your senses. Powerful drunkenness disturbs, it harms and disgusts. However, a tiny bit of a swipe, more mimed than drunk, helps you to play.

Kostis Papajorgis (* 1940)

Greek philosopher, author of “Der intoxication - A philosophical aperitif ”: A person drinks in order to become what he already is to a higher degree.

Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

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

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)

French chemist: The wine can rightly be 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 drinks, the tastiest among medicines and the most pleasant among foods.

Life is 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-volume novel cycle Gargantua and Pantagruel): So funny, dear ones, and let your stomach and loins be fine. But don't forget to drink, donkey faces, otherwise the plague should plague you.

Johann Rasch (1540-1612)

Clergyman in Wien and historical wine book author: That God has b'schers for people's bodies, the wine that he sells his care, the heart refreshes and makes happy, that is the reason of the whole thing.

Keith Richards (1943)

English musician and songwriter, guitarist of the Rolling Stones: The best parties are the ones you don't remember. Nothing else is good.

Armand Jean du Plessis Richelieu (1585-1642)

French cardinal and statesman: Whoever does not drink wine misses a lot of enjoyment, but whoever drinks the wrong wine spoils the enjoyment of others.

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

Joachim Ringelnatz (1883-1934) - German poet and narrator:

  • The best magnifying glasses for the joys of this world are the ones you drink from.
  • St Bernard is the last thing I want to be.
    Always the bottle by the neck and never allowed to drink!

Peter Rosegger (1843-1918)

Austrian writer, wrote a declaration of love for the wine (see there).

George Saintsbury (1845-1933)

English scholar, literary historian and author of the famous “Notes of a Cellarbook”: A good wine delights my senses, brings joy to my mood and improves my moral and intellectual strength.

Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805)

German poet and playwright: On the mountains high heights, In the midday sun shine, On the warm rays of strength, Nature testifies to golden wine. And no one has yet explored how the great mother manages: the work is unfathomable, the strength is unsearchable.

Seneca (4 BC-AD 65)

Roman politician and poet: As in freedom, moderation is also beneficial for wines.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

In his drama Macbeth, the English playwright describes the problem of too much alcohol in connection with sex: the trunk is a great carrier of three things - red noses, sleep and urine. He encourages and dampens cheating: he encourages desire and weakens doing.

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 undisguised delight.

Alcohol is the anesthetic with which we survive the operation of life.

Socrates (469-399 BC)

Greek philosopher: Wine moisturizes and temperates the mind and lulls the worries of the mind to sleep. It enlivens our joys and is oil on the dying flame of life. When we drink moderately and in small amounts, the wine passes into our lungs like the sweetest morning dew. Then the wine commits no robbery of our reason, but invites us to be cheerful.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Scottish writer (Treasure Island, The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). Incidentally, the quote is on a large sign on an access road to the Napa Valley says: Wine is poetry in bottles.

Theodor Storm (1817-1888)

German poet from his poem "Oktoberlied": The fog rises, the leaves fall; Give the wine, the sweet one! We want the gray day - gilding, yes gilding!

André Tchelistcheff (1901-1994)

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

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Russian writer during a conversation with his professional colleague Maxim Gorki (1868-1936): I don't like drunks, but I know people who get interesting when they have drunk, who are then wit, beauty of thinking, skill and richness of language shine. All things that are lacking 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 (Schloss Gripsholm, Germany Germany above all): The best thing about a intoxication is the moment in which it begins and the memory of it. Tucholsky particularly loved the wines from the Franconian wine-growing region and the wines from the famous winery Bürgerspital he said: we shouldn't have drunk so much stone wine. But that is difficult: There was no such thing as purity, clear power, collected sun and sun-drenched earth. And that was just the open one in glasses - how will it be until the pressed bottles of the trestle bag are placed on the table.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

American writer (Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn): Champagne is probably the happiest 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 couldn't say no to an old wine and a new thought.

Victoria (1819-1901)

Queen of England who loved 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: with white wine you think, with red wine you speak, with sparkling wine you do stupid things.

Voltaire - François-Marie Arouet (1694-1778)

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

David Raines Wallace (1945)

US writer on conservation and natural history (The Monkey's Bridge): Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire.

Orson Welles (1915-1985)

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

Oswald Selva (1377-1445)

Singer, poet and diplomat, about a wine from Lake Constance : The wine is sweet like sloe potion, it makes the throat rough and sick, that my bright singing becomes confused, my thoughts often stand after Tramin.


Slogan of the order that has decisively influenced European viticulture: Qui bon vin boit, Dieu voit (if you pour good, you see God in wine).

Carl Zuckmayer (1896-1977)

German writer; see under his comedy The happy vineyard,

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

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