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Old term for red wines imported into Germany from France. This was a specialty of the three Hanseatic cities of Bremen, Hamburg and Lübeck. This wine was mostly made up of Bordeaux shipped to the Hanseatic cities and partly blended from different deliveries. Here he then matured and was finally in bottles bottled. The trade with Rotspon started already in the Hanseatic period in the 13th century, but only gained in the 16th and 17th centuries especially through the wine trade house Carl Tesdorpf importance in Lübeck. "Spon" or "Span" is derived from "Holzspan" and is a Low German word for barrel, The name "Lübecker Rotspon" stood for Bordeaux wines that were stored until they were ready for consumption and then bottled. The German writer Thomas Mann (1875-1955) immortalized this wine in his novel "Buddenbrooks". Because of the mild, even climate mostly lost tannic Wine of hardness and was mostly tapped directly from the barrel in earlier times. The attribute "red" is from the red colored by red wines Oak wood derived.

Rotspon - bottle of Hamburg Rotspon and Weinhaus Melle in Lübeck

However, the name has none origin protected or wine law meaning. In a broader sense, Rotspon is also a general term for red wine, Today there are only a few dealers with traditionally made "Rotspon". In Germany, this has been the Carl Tesdorpf company in Lübeck for three centuries (belongs to today Hawesko ), the Hamburg company "Johannes Kemnitz Weinimport-Weinhandel" and the "Weinhandel HF von Melle GmbH" in the Beckergrube in Lübeck. A "Rotspon from Hamburg" will be served on all official occasions of the Hamburg citizenship and the Senate in the Hamburg town hall. The bottles of these fillings contain a historical depiction of the Great Hamburg Coat of Arms on the label, The winery is located in Austria Jurtschitsch ( Kamptal ) a rotspon.

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