Schloss Wackerbarth

Radebeul, Germany | C.1730

Photo Credit: John Oaks

Rolling hills covered in grape vines surround the Baroque castle known as Schloss Wackerbarth. or ‘Wackerbarths Ruh’. Located in Radebeul district of Niederlosnitz of Germany, it is believed to be the oldest manufacturer of sekt – first-class sparkling wine – in Saxony and the second oldest throughout Germany.

History of Castle Wackerbarth began in 1727 when the Count of Wackerbarth bought the land and the vineyards in the surrounding area as a retirement residence. The Could hired two master builders of the time: Johann Christoph Knöffel, was the primary proponent of Saxon Rococo, who designed the castle and lavish gardens, while Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, created the small pavilion above the vineyard terraces.

Rumors tell of excessive feasts and entertainment arranged by the Electorate court, making the Castle Wackerbarth a temple a beacon of the zest for life and wine.

The wine production dates back to 1836 when the Sektkellerei Bussard was founded nearby in Niederlößnitz. The new factory began to produce sensational sparkling wine utilizing the bottle fermentation method. The cellar master was none other than French Monsieur Mouzon from Riems who oversaw Champagne production.

Today the estate continues the tradition of curating a temple for the zest of life. In 2002, Schloss Wackerbarth opened their doors as the first wine-themed estate in Europe. Visitors can now partake in wine seminars, feasts, special tastings as well as special events.

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