Dry walling that stores heat, slopes that bask in the sun all day, the sheltered microclimate of the Elbe valley – these factors permit wine-growing at such a northerly latitude, from Diesbar-Seusslitz in the west to Pirna in the east. A 92-kilometre wine trail for hikers connects these two extremities via Pillnitz, Dresden, Radebeul, Weinböhla and Meissen, coinciding for the greater part with the course of the Elbe, passing through historic towns and idyllic villages, also taking in numerous wine taverns, some of them just open in the harvest season.
In addition to well-known estates such as the state-owned Schloss Wackerbarth and Schloss Proschwitz, a younger generation of winegrowers are beginning to establish a reputation for themselves. With their enthusiasm for experimentation, they are taking the winegrowing traditions of the region in new and exciting directions. The grapes ripen in the autumn sun, the vines grow in rows on the steep slopes. It’s been that way for centuries, but now a younger generation of winemakers are making subtle changes.