Sweating like a beast, but on top of the world (click to enlarge pic)

For some, it is just a steep hill covered in vines. But for geeks like me, it is the Holy Grail of vineyards. And it goes by one name: the “Doctor“.  Two days ago, we climbed it.
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Halfway up the climb. You can see how steep this f'er really is.

One of the most famous vineyards in all of Germany, it is a perfectly south-facing slope situated above the town of Bernkastel in the Mosel River Valley (in fact, I’ve written about it before).

The Bernkasteler Doctor is 8.1 acres in size and is incredibly steep; all work must be done by hand.  The story goes, that in the 13th century, the Archbishop of Trier was in this area when he became deathly ill. After countless remedies didn’t work, he was poured Riesling from a humble flask from this vineyard and was cured. From then on, it became known as “The Doctor”. Today, it is the most expensive agricultural land in all of Germany.

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Most vineyard doors to it are ornate and LOCKED. We had to find a back way up...

It was a frickin beast. By the time we reached the top, I was covered in sweat. But my grin went from ear to ear.

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3 Responses to “High Above Bernkastel in the Dr. Vineyard”

  1. It's the Holy Grail of vineyards. And it goes by one name: the “Doctor“. Two days ago, we climbed it: http://t.co/juZGeLj (cc: @terroirny)

  2. Charlie says:

    And here it is
    http://www.weinlagen-info.de/?lage_id=153

    You might consider using the link or an emdedded view in your posts.

    Cheers, Charlie

  3. Love it, Charlie. Thanks for posting the link. That’s just the kind of geeky technology map-loving wizardry I like!

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