Bürgerspital: 700 years of wine making
According to Bürgerspital, its primary commitment is to the establishment's social mission. In 1316 Johannes von Steren founded this place, which is still recognized as a center for social assistance for the needy elderly. Because many of these socially originated and business-backed businesses must create ways of subsisting, Bürgerspital has found a very smart and prosperous way to do so: producing wine. And what a wine! More than 1,000 people are being assisted and benefited by aid programs, ranging from nursing and rehabilitation care to physical and mental activities. All of this is paid for by the profit generated from over 100 hectares of vineyards dedicated to the Riesling, Silvaner and Burgundy varieties.
Another point of recognition of this exemplary wine industry is that it was the birthplace of the iconic Blocksbeutel bottle shape. It is flat and rounded on the sides, which has become the hallmark of many Wurzburg labels over the years.
It is really worth scheduling a visit to the Bürgerspital facilities, which may or may not be accompanied by a tasting that lasts about 1h30. Generally, the tour starts in the common areas such as the courtyard and garden - where the group's nice restaurant is located - then it continues through the cellar where the transformation of the grapes into wines begins, followed by the basement where the modern steel tanks are located, together with some very old ones in oak are used for wine maturation. By the way, these Bürgerspital wine cellars are home to wines of the oldest Stein appeal.
Detail: Bürgerspital is capable of producing about 1 million bottles per month. Some of them can even be bought in a little shop attached to its headquarters - also accessible from the outside for passing customers - or they can be tasted in the restaurant inside its premises with tables spread out on a pleasant outdoor courtyard.