Bechtolsheimer Wingertstor (Vineyard Gate of Bechtolsheim)
Let’s go to the vineyard - towards the diversity of grape varieties
The Rheinhessen dialect, people refer to a vineyard as a "Wingert". This term is common in west-central Germany and in Switzerland. The site designation "Wingertstor" is based on a gate in the medieval village fortifications through which one entered the vineyards. In the late Middle Ages, Bechtolsheim had a village fortification that also included a moated castle. Today, remains of the old moat can still be seen. On the fertile loess soil, a wide variety of different vines grows. Bechtolsheim is a municipality on the Petersberg, in the middle of Rheinhessen.