Gemeinde Rödelsee



Winegrowing in Rödelsee

“Where figs and lemons might grow…?”

A provocative statement about a winegrowing area in Franconia, which has been called “the living room of Wine Franconia” by local wine experts. The term refers to the Schwanberg area, of course. If it weren’t for those cold continental winters that we experience at times, figs and lemons might really grow here.

The climate of the Schwanberg area benefits from its unique location: Open to the southwest and largely protected from cold easterly and north-easterly winds by the steep slopes of Schwanberg and other Steigerwald hills. This creates a very favourable microclimate around the hill. Another advantage is the deep and fertile Keuper soil, which was formed approx. 180 million years ago in the Triassic epoch.

The soil is not easy to till; it needs great effort. This is why the local winegrowers and farmers were not blessed with riches in the past. It was not until the advent of modern, mechanized viticulture that winegrowers were able to make the most of their soil. Thanks to the high water storage capacity of the forests located above the vineyards, the area is sufficiently supplied with water, even though precipitation is rather low, 300 to 500 mm per year, and occurs mainly in the winter months.

Given these favourable conditions, it’s no wonder that wine has been grown in this area for over one thousand years, since the Franconians began to settle here. The fact that the village of Rödelsee was simultaneously controlled by four different rulers testifies to the excellent quality of the local wines; obviously quite a few people wanted a slice of Rödelsee’s cake.

One of the oldest vineyard sites, Rödelseer Schwanleite, dates back to the early days of Franconian viticulture over one thousand years ago. The name may be derived from Svana, a goddess the Celts worshipped on Schwanberg, or Swanilo, a Franconian knight. For centuries, it must have been one of the best sites in this area.

However, during the land consolidation in the 1960s, the old vineyard sites were restructured, and just a few of their names have lived on in the vernacular. Only two out of the 32 individual sites Rödelsee once had, Küchenmeister and Schwanleite, still exist. These two individual site names have survived the restructuring process thanks to their high popularity.

Rödelsee’s wines are described as fruity, with a strong mineral note, and long-lasting. The most widely grown grape varieties are Silvaner and Müller-Thurgau. Other white varieties include Bacchus, Scheurebe, Kerner, Traminer and Riesling, and recently a few black varieties have also made their way to Rödelsee.

Overview of local winegrowers

Weingut Hemberger

Aussiedlerhof 3
97348 Rödelsee
Tel.: 09323 435
Fax: 09323 5072
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Opening hours:
Mondays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesdays: by appointment
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sundays and public holidays: by appointment

White and red wines, fruit liqueurs, fine spirits

Weinmanufaktur 3 Zeilen - Christian Ehrlich

Heinrich-Wiegand-Str. 2
97348 Rödelsee
Tel.: 09323 876454
Fax: 09323 5776
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Your organic winemaker in Rödelsee

Get to know the winegrower and his Schwanberg wines and vineyards.

Wine for sale at any time by phone appointment.

We look forward to seeing you.

Weinwerkstatt Stefan Heß

Alte Iphöfer Straße 15a
97348 Rödelsee
Tel.: 09323 804485
Fax: 09323 8004484
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Opening hours:
First weekend in March to last weekend in May, closed on Easter and Whitsun
Third weekend in September to last weekend in October
All four Advent Sundays
Saturdays from 6 p.m., Sundays and public holidays from 3 p.m.

Certified organic white and red wines, wine for sale, wine tastings for up to 40 persons, homemade cakes and local delicacies served in the cosy and modern atmosphere of our wine café.

Weingut Michael Melber

Dorfgraben 1
97348 Rödelsee
Tel.: 09323 3496
Fax: 09323 6222
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Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
First and third Sunday in each month: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
and by phone appointment

Welcome to our cosy tasting room. Feel free to visit us and taste the award-winning white and red wines from our vineyards in Rödelsee and Iphofen.

Weingut Meyer

Alte Iphöfer Straße 15b
97348 Rödelsee
Tel.: 09323 5198
Fax: 09323 6372
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Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

White and red wines from our Schwanberg vineyards, vintner’s sparkling wine, pomace brandy and wine vinegar

Weingut Vollhals

Crailsheimstraße 3
97348 Rödelsee
Tel.: 09323 3738 
Fax: 09323 3736
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Wine tavern open twice per year: March/April and September/October, and from May to July on Sundays from 3 p.m., seating 100 persons, wine tastings

Weingut Paul Weltner

Wiesenbronner Straße 17
97348 Rödelsee
Tel.: 09323 3646 
Fax: 09323 3846
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Top-quality VDP-classified wines from Rödelsee

Schloss Crailsheim Wein Galerie, Franconian Winegrowers’ Cooperative

Schloßstraße 2
97348 Rödelsee
Tel.: 09323 3416
Fax: 09323 870585
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Opening hours:
April to December:
Mon, Wed - Fri: 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed Tue
Sat: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

January to March:
Closed Mon, Tue
Wed - Fri: 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Wine for sale, guided tours of vineyards and cellars (in German), wine tastings in the romantic Crailsheim Palace for 10 to 100 persons, with Franconian snacks


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