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The cheerful vineyard

Comedy in Nackenheim in Rheinhessen born German dramatist Carl Zuckmayer (1896-1977), who had a resounding success in the first performance year 1926, but also caused some scandals. Among other things, the church raged about the "lewd freedom of movement" and the German national right-wing press about the hollow-headed conservative types. The naturalistic, hearty-colored work plays without exact location in the fall of 1921 in a fictional Rheinhessen wine village with a view of the Rhine. The action begins in the late afternoon and ends in the early morning. The piece is divided into three acts, which play in the house Gunderloch, in the land crown economy of the host Eismayer and in the garden of the winery Gunderloch. It describes Rhine-Hessian figures, phrases, folk songs and customs.

The owner of the estate Jean Baptist Gunderloch would like to retire. He wants to sell half of his vineyards and half of his daughter. This in turn is indeed engaged to the stiff academic Knuzius, but loves the rough and hearty Neckarschiffer Jochen Most. While many wine merchants and wine travelers compete for the acquisition of the rich goods Gunderloch, there is confusion among the young lovers. A hearty, wine-happy evening and the following night bring clarity and bring together the "right couples". The piece was filmed in 1927, 1952 and 1961.

Although, as mentioned, the place is not mentioned by name, the well-known Rheinhessen winegrower community Nackenheim is meant. Because Carl Zuckmayer was the son of a manufacturer of wine bottle capsules in this community. The writer is today honored by a bust at the entrance of the local government. The cheerful vineyard is actually the Einzellag Rothenberg, namely the property of the well-known and still existing winery Gunderloch, There is today a large billboard labeled "The Merry Vineyard". The mentioned in the piece "Riesling Spätlese Nackenheimer Rothenberg" of the vintage 1920 has grown here. In the cellar of the winery still store a few bottles of this legendary vintage (see also under Wine of the century ). This wine praises the owner of the winery with the following words:

a, drink it! His ma fidel again! Let us taste the wine, dear people, the wine where one of us has his purpose in life, and that of his fathers and forefathers, and where, like elsewhere, the rye or the coal in the mountain or whatever else God waltzes, he It may not be a vital business, as it is said today, but it is always a piece of nature, a bit of a piece, a piece of baptism and Ascension by the Scheppe Bildche by Dotzem! The 1920s Spätlese, there is also the last fire of last fall, that is quite a sip for us, so matured, so farewell! See also below Customs in viticulture. drinking culture and Quotes,

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