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Sachsen is Germany's easternmost and smallest wine-
Its recorded viticultural history dates from 1161 and parallels that of other wine regions, where the Church and the aristocracy were the primary medieval property owners and responsible for the development of the vineyards. In addition to viticulture, their legacy includes a wealth of art and architectural gems throughout the region. Most of the vineyards are between Dresden and Diesbar-
In the upper Elbe Valley, along the 51° of latitude. The region extends some 55 km/ 34 miles north and south of Dresden. About 100 km/62 miles to the north are a few patches of vines not far from Wittenberg, where Martin Luther posted his famous theses in 1517.
Major town(s): Dresden, Meissen, Radebeul.
Continental, with warm, dry summers and cold winters.
The steepest slopes are of weathered granite and gneiss, with loess or sand deposits in some of the vineyards.
Vineyard area (2003):
446 ha / 1,102 acres · 2 districts · 4 collective vineyard sites · 17 individual sites
Grape varieties [white 85% · red 15%] (2003):
Most of the region's vines are tended by part-
Signposted routes through wine country:
Sächsische Weinstrasse (driving), which is also the starting point for many a Wanderweg durch die Weinberge (hiking trail through the vineyards) · Elberadweg (cycling)