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Tauber

Valley named after the river Tauber Germany, in which there are extensive vineyards or viticulture. It extends 130 kilometers from the origin Weikersholz, municipality of Red Lake to the mouth in the Main in Wertheim (Baden-Württemberg). According to German wine law, it is divided into five sections, which are assigned to three different growing areas. The first vineyards downstream lie in Franconia (Area Steigerwald), the area between Tauberzell and Creglingen belongs to Wuerttemberg (Area Kocher-Jagst-Tauber), from Blades to Tauberrettersheim back to Franconia (area Maindreieck). The other downstream vineyards between Schäftersheim and Bad Mergentheim belong again to Württemberg. All west of Mergentheim to Wertheim lying vineyards are part of the growing area to bathe and indeed (which should not be confused by the similarity of names) to the area Tauberfranken.

Both geologically and climatically, all sections are very similar and would actually justify a separate growing area. The reason for the fragmentation lies in 1809, when the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) divided the Tauber valley among the powers allied with him against the Prussians. The most important grape varieties are around one third Müller-Thurgau, with about one fifth of black Riesling ( Pinot Meunier ) regent and Sylvaner, The predominant type of soil is shell limestone with loamy fine soils, as well as Keuper upstream and in the lower layers Buntsandstein. The vineyards of the Taubertales cover nearly 1,000 hectares of vineyards, of which 670 in to bathe, 90 in Franconia and 225 in Wuerttemberg,

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