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Tour of the Barrel Cellar of Schloss Johannisberg, Rheingau

The Picture above shows the “Bibliotheca Subterranea” of Schloss Johannisberg. It is the oldest wine cellar of the Rheingau region and includes one last bottle of Riesling from 1748. Visitors of Schloss Johannisberg’s recent open door event were invited to tour the estate’s cellar. Here are a few pictures of the tour

Barrel Cellar of Schloss Johannisberg
The first level of the cellar is filled with dozens of Riesling-barrels. A loud bubbling sound fills out the room as it is harvest time and young wine is just fermenting within the barrels.

Barrel
No bubbles yet here.

Bubbling Wine Barrel
Active fermentation with overflow at this barrel.

Overflowing Barrel
I tried it: tastes like sweet grape juice.

Giant Barrel with Inscription at Schloss Johannisberg
One of the first mentions of wine in the old testament.

Bibliotheca Subterranea at Schloss Johannisberg
One level lower, directly within the rock of the Johannsiberg, the “Bibliotheca Subterranea”, oldest wine cellar of the Rheingau region. It has alreday been foraged by the Swedish during the 30 year-war in the 17th century.

Oldest Riesling Bottle of Schloss Johannisberg
The oldest bottle of the cellar can be seen in this picture. It is a bottle of Riesling from 1748!

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Categories: Germany,Rheingau

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