Old name for red wines imported from France to Germany in barrels. This was a specialty of the three Hanseatic cities of Bremen, Hamburg and Lubeck. This wine was mostly made Bordeaux shipped to the Hanseatic cities and partly blended from various deliveries. Here he then matured and eventually became in bottles bottled. The trade with Rotspon already began in the 13th century in the Hanseatic period, but did not win until the 16th and 17th centuries, especially through the wine trading house Carl Tesdorpf important 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 stored to maturity and then bottled. The German writer Thomas Mann (1875-1955) immortalized this wine in his novel "Buddenbrooks". By the mild, even climate mostly lost tannic Wine toughness and was tapped in earlier times mostly straight from the barrel. The attribute "red" is of red colored by reds Oak wood derived.
However, the name has none origin protected or legal meaning. In a broader sense, Rotspon is also a general term for red wine, Today there are only a few traders with traditionally made "Rotspon". In Germany, this has been the case for three centuries, still the company Carl Tesdorpf in Lübeck (belongs today to HAWESKO ), the Hamburg company "Johannes Kemnitz Weinimport-Weinhandel" and the "Weinhandel HF von Melle GmbH" in the Becker mine in Lübeck. A "Rotspon from Hamburg" is served at all official events of the Hamburg citizenship and the Senate in the Hamburg city hall. The bottles of these bottlings contain a historical depiction of the Great Hamburg State Emblem on the label, In Austria, the winery Jurtschitsch ( Kamptal ) make a red spon