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Vines have been cultivated since AD 998 on the hillsides lining the Saale and Unstrut rivers which lend their name to the small, but growing, Saale-
It is among the northernmost of Europe's traditional wine regions. Due to this, and the cooler climate, the weather is more variable than in the regions to the west. As such, many of the vines are planted on labor-
Situated on the 51° of latitude, in the valleys of the Saale and Unstrut rivers about equidistant between Weimar and Leipzig. About 30 km /19 miles to the north is a small island of vines near Eisleben, where Martin Luther was born and died.
Major town(s): Freyburg, Naumburg, Bad Kösen.
Continental, with warm, dry summers and cold winters.
Vineyard area (2003):
652 ha / 1,611 acres · 2 districts · 4 collective vineyard sites · 18 individual sites
Grape varieties [white 76.2% · red 23.8%] (2003):
Most of the region's vines are tended by part-
Signposted routes through wine country:
Weinstrasse (driving) [sections of the wine road are identical with the Romanesque Road, with signs leading to historical castles and churches] · Wanderweg (hiking) · Radwanderweg (cycling)