Knowing the history behind German wine can make every drink more enjoyable sometimes. If you're someone who likes to know unique trivia about different topics, wine can be a particularly interesting topic. Wine history can be intriguing because it often includes some of the most well-known individuals or time periods in history. While this type of knowledge is not commonly known about German wine, it can be a great conversation starter and piece of trivia during a conversation with a fellow wine connoisseur.
For example, winemaking in Germany used to be predominantly participated in western Rhine. The reign of Charlemagne helped winemaking to spread to the east. This is usually attributed to Charlemagne's support of Christianity, which was spreading to eastern areas at the same time. As Christianity began to spread in the area, the use of wine was becoming more popular because it was used by the many of the clergy members at local monasteries as an element of mass. As centuries passed, this spreading continued until wine was popular throughout the country.
Because the church had gained so much control as time progressed, many of the vineyards in Germany were subsequently owned by the church instead of the government at the time. The related concern was that there was less wine being produced during this era. As a result, Napoleon took control of the wine away from the church and began allowing the vineyards to be controlled by the government, which resulted in more separate vineyards being created. This allowed for wine to gain more popularity because it was more easily accessible than when it was controlled by the church.