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    19th century Bocksbeutel bottles
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    Bocksbeutel, the Typical Franconian Wine Bottles

    by Kathrin_E Updated Apr 14, 2011

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    19th century Bocksbeutel bottles
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    The Bocksbeutel is the typical bottle that is used for Franconian wines. In Germany only Franconia uses it, plus Badisch Franconia (= the Tauber valley, the part of Baden-Württemberg adjacent to Franconia, and four villages on the southern edge of Baden-Baden that have the right to use it.
    Such bottles are also common in Portugal. In Greece and Italy they used for a few wines.

    The bottle has a short neck and a big flattened belly, similar to the shape of a field bottle or canteen. They have been in use in Franconia since the early 18th century. A wine has to meet certain quality criteria to obtain the permission for being bottled in Bocksbeutel.
    About the origins of the name there are various interpretations. The most popular one derives the name from the scrotum of the male goat or ram ("Bock"). A "Beutel" is a bag. (The other explanations are boring, so I won't bother you with them.)

    The first two photos show historical Bocksbeutel. I took these photos in Mainfränkisches Museum where they are on display. The third photo has a modern example, the contents of which I am enjoying while I am writing this tip.

    When pouring wine from a Bocksbeutel, hold the bottle in horizontal position as shown in photo 4. The hand grabs the bottom of the bottle.

    Zum Wohl! (To your well-being - a common toast among wine connoisseurs.)

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    This map only shows the places...

    by smoox Written Sep 2, 2002

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    This map only shows the places of wine festivals around Volkach. The following list tells you when to go where in 2002:
    Weinfesttermine

    09. - 10. März Obereisenheim

    26. April - 01. Mai Untereisenheim

    03. - 05. Mai Untereisenheim

    09. - 13. Mai Nordheim

    17. - 20. Mai Obereisenheim

    24. - 27. Mai Stammheim

    28. Juni - 01. Juli Astheim

    06. Juli – 07. Juli Obereisenheim

    12. Juli - 15. Juli Sommerach

    20. Juli – 21. Juli Fahr

    26. Juli – 29. Juli Obervolkach

    27. Juli – 28. Juli Untereisenheim

    27. Juli – 28. Juli Stammheim

    02.August - 05. August Frankenwinheim

    03. August – 04. August Escherndorf

    09. August – 11. August Gaibach

    15. - 20. August 54. Fränkisches Weinfest in Volkach

    23. August - 25. August Untereisenheim

    24. August - 25. August Zeilitzheim

    ENJOY!

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    I have been talking so much...

    by smoox Written Sep 2, 2002

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    I have been talking so much about it - here it is, Franconian wine in the typical bottle, the 'Bocksbeutel'. It comes in other bottles, too - but only Franconian wine may come in vessels like this one. Unique!

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    This is a painting of...

    by smoox Written Sep 2, 2002

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    This is a painting of Balthasar Neumann. Remember? He built the Residenz and so many more of Würzburg´s baroque buildings. He is pretty well-known, and most Germans daily hold his picture in their hands......

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    Wurzburger Hofbrau

    by Gili_S Written Sep 11, 2004

    This is the local beer here. There are better then this around Bavaria of course, but still, when I visit a place I try to taste the local brands

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    This is our DM 50 bill! We...

    by smoox Written Sep 2, 2002

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    This is our DM 50 bill! We still have it - soon it will be gone to make way for a nondescript 'Euro' bill. SOB! :p

    ...... and nobody ever asked me if I wanted new money....

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    As mentioned above, I actually...

    by Mandy23 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    As mentioned above, I actually stayed in Bad Kissingen and there you can visit the ruin of the 'fort' Botenlaube. It got his name from a Count Bodo who was mentioned for the first time in 1004.

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