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Schloss Vollrads is a wine estate in the Rheingau wine-growing region in Germany, that has been making wine for over 800 years.
After the donation of Verona in 983 the archbishopric of Mainz, the new owner, invested in vine growing, although vines had been cultivated there since Roman times. The manor house was named after the Lords of Winkel; Vollradus is a given name. In 1218 a "Vollradus in Winkela" (so-called knight Vollradus), in 1268 a "Conradus dictus Vollradus armiger" is documented. No building originating from this time is traceable.
Today the core building of the estate is a substantial tower house, surrounded by a square moat. Therefore the house is only reachable by bridge. This keep can be traced to the first third of the 14th century and the family of Greiffenclau, the heirs of the Lords of Winkel. The octagon stage tower, flanking the donjon, was erected in 1471; the bay window was added in 1620. Above the doorway the coat of arms of the Greiffenclau family is to be seen.
In 1684 the present two-winged manor house was built by Georg Phillip Greiffenclau von Vollrads near the tower. His son Johann Erwein erected the estate buildings around 1700, as well as boundary walls around the manor garden, and finally equipped the tower with a typical baroque roof.
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Oestrich-Winkel is a town in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt (Darmstadt vacation rentals | Darmstadt travel guide) in Hesse, Germany. Oestrich-Winkel borders in the north on the town of Lorch and the communities of Welterod (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis in Rhineland-Palatinate), Heidenrod and Schlangenbad (Schlangenbad vacation rentals | Schlangenbad travel guide), in the east on the town of Eltville, in the south, across the Rhine, on the town of Ingelheim (Mainz-Bingen district in Rhineland-Palatinate) and in the west on the town of Geisenheim.
This is a young town with roughly 12,000 inhabitants, having come into being in 1972 through the merger of the until then self-governing communities of Mittelheim, Oestrich and Winkel; it was further enlarged by Hallgarten’s amalgamation into the town in 1977 as part of municipal reform. The coördinates 50°N, 8°E lie right in the constituent community of Winkel, whose name, coincidentally, is German for “angle”. The town lies 17 km west of Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide).
Things to See in Oestrich-Winkel
Oestrich-Winkel is characterized by winegrowing. In Oestrich: Lenchen, Doosberg, Klosterberg, Pfaffenberg; in Mittelheim: Edelmann, St. Nikolaus, Goldberg; in Winkel: Dachsberg, Hasensprung, Gutenberg, Jesuitengarten, Bienengarten, Schloß Vollrads; in Hallgarten: Jungfer, Würzgarten, Schönhell, Hendelberg, Mehrhölzchen
The Oestricher Kran, Oestrich’s main landmark, is a former wine-loading crane from the 18th century for loading and unloading ships. Completed in 1745, it was working until 1926. Inside the crane are found two treadmills in each of which two men used their body weight to work a winch, which could then lift loads onto or off ships. It is the last preserved wine-loading crane on the Rhine’s right bank.
In Mittelheim is found one of Germany’s oldest stone churches, St.-Aegidius-Basilika
In Winkel stands Germany’s oldest stone house, the Graues Haus (“Grey House”). For a long time it was believed that Rabanus Maurus lived and in 856 died there.
Schloss Vollrads, outside Winkel, with its ancient watertower likewise belongs among the noteworthy sights. On the town’s northeast limit near Hattenheim (Hattenheim vacation rentals | Hattenheim travel guide) stands Schloss Reichartshausen (founded in the 12th century) with its outbuildings, which about 1900 were remodelled to look like follies. It nowadays houses the European Business School.
In the middle of the community stands the Brentanohaus. Here, Goethe spent some time in 1814 as a guest of the Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) banking family Brentano. The family’s children were Clemens, Gunda and Bettina Brentano. Karoline von Günderrode, a poet and one of Bettina’s friends, stabbed herself here in Winkel in 1806 on the Rhine’s bank out of lovesickness and life weariness.
In the barn across from the Brentanohaus has been found since 2003 the cultural and event venue Brentanoscheune
Regular festivals include the Lenchenfest (a wine festival), the Dippemarkt (a market with a funfair), the Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt) and Jazz Week (Jazzwoche).
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Oestrich-Winkel was founded only in 1972 with the merger of previously independent communities Mittelheim, Oestrich, and Winkel, with the inhabitants totaling approximately 12,000. On 1 January 1977, the municipality Hallgarten was also added to the combined group of cities in the territorial reform of Hesse.
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Oestrich-Winkel is a town in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hesse, Germany. Oestrich-Winkel borders in the north on the town of Lorch and the communities of Welterod (Rhein-Lahn-Kreis in Rhineland-Palatinate), Heidenrod and Schlangenbad, in the east on the town of Eltville, in the south, across the Rhine, on the town of Ingelheim (Mainz-Bingen district in Rhineland-Palatinate) and in the west on the town of Geisenheim.
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