Vineyards - More Than Saxony Wine
museum of wine-growing and culture of life on the Saxony Wine
As you travel along the Saxony Wine Road, just a bit north west
of the city of Dresden you'll come upon a section of villas
and country houses.
In the midst
of this area, on the higher part of Radebeul in front of the
steep vine terraces, is the historic vineyard Hoflössnitz.
It has been restored to provide an authentic experience of the
mansion houses of the 17th century. The farm houses are placed
around the inner yard and the vineyard.
southern view and the majestic chestnut trees are a setting
that brings the glory of life in the mansion during the period
when the "Electors" reigned to life. The small wine
restaurant, which offers of wines from the Elbe Valley, completes
The Hoflössnitz has been known by this name since vineyards
in the upper Elbe Valley were bought by the Wettins in 1401.
The practice of owning of "electoral vineyards" was
common up to the 17th century and reached its peak under August
1886, wine growing in the area was nearly totally destroyed
by the introduction of the Phylloxera louse. The estate was
sold to private owners who made changes in the buildings and
grounds. In 1912 it was taken over by the Hoflössnitz-Association
and restoration of the buildings was started. Since 1915 it
has been owned by the city of Radebeul. The vineyards were brought
back to life by the replanting of wine with American vine louse
resistant grafts started in 1916. The beginning of the museum
goes back to 1924. Today it is still closely linked with the
culture of wine growing working in harmony with nature, including
an ecologically cultivated vineyard.
Elector John George decided to erect this building inside the
existing vineyard after the end of the 30 Year War. The interiors
were finished under the reign of his son John George II. The
estate was used for vacations during hunting and harvest seasons,
and to arrange magnificent feasts. On the first floor there
were five rooms decorated with wall and ceiling paintings. Female
figures, symbolising the virtues of a good sovereign, enhanced
by emblems and emblematic pictures emphasising the position
of Saxon electors in the empire have been restored to their
original beauty and can be seen in the feast-hall.
feature is the arrangement of the ceiling in the hall. Between
the joists there are eighty portrayals of Brazilian birds created
by the Dutch painter Albert Eyckhout after a stay of some years
in Brazil. The decoration continues in the adjoining electoral
private rooms located to the East and West of the hall. The
exhibition About wine-growing in the area of Radebeul
in the rooms of the ground floor provides a pictoral history
of wine-growing of this region. Visitors to the museum can combine
this history with a walk through the vineyards on the estates
hills and a wine tasting of grapes pressed in the Elbe Valley.
future the great wine-press and the casks will be complemented
by an open-air exhibition about wine growing, connected with
a press house which will be separated into a working part and
a museum. Additional trades, like cooperage and the manufacturing
of baskets, will also be presented in an exhibition and a workshop.
A special atmosphere for cultural events on a smaller scale
is offered in the feast hall. Among the offerings, the concerts
of Chamber music in Hoflössnitz deserve a special