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Wine history in Bacharach at the Rhine river

Altar rock to honor the wine God Bacchus

Bacharach at the Rhine river is not a Roman foundation, although it was referred to for a long time to the so-called Bacchusstein, the altar rock - latin "Bacchi ara". "Bacchi ara" was a slate rock in altar form in the Rhine river where, according to the legend, the wine God Bacchus was presented a sacrifice in good "wine years".

Unfortunately, this symbolic rock - it was between the island "Heilesen Werth" and the right Rhine river bank - was bombed away after 1850 during the Rhine river regulation. But it is known that Bacharach at the Rhine river existed before the Romans and its name can be traced back to the Celtic colonization - Baccaracum.

Vineyards belongted to the Koln / Cologne churches.

The first documentary mentioning of Bacharach at the Rhine river in the year 923. In further documents of the years 1019 / 1020, there is even talk about the assignment of vineyards and tithe rights to Cologne churches.

Most important trans-shipment center for wine

Bacharach at the Rhine river experienced its economical prosperity in the Middle Ages starting in the 13th century. Due to its convenient location at the Rhine river, it was the most important emporium, staple market and trans-shipment center for wine and wood. The economical downturn of Bacharach at the Rhine river started with the Thirty Years' War. In the aftermath, the town lost its supremacy as the biggest wine staple market, not least because of the noneconomical Rhine river tolls.

Savor the famous Bacharach Wine

Since this time, several excursion boats pushed their way through in place of the former floating crane between Munztor (coin gate) and Zolltor (toll gate). The passengers of these excursion day cruise boats, such as Victor Hugo, want to see and admire the Rhine river romantic in Bacharach at the Rhine river, but also enjoy the Bacharach Wine at wine tastings.

Wine God Bacchus from Bacharach welcomes the guests with maudlin words.
Wine God Bacchus from Bacharach welcomes the guests with maudlin words.


Bacchantin, Wine God Bacchus from Bacharach and live musician welcomes the guests in the Mittelrheinhalle (Middle Rhine Hall).

"Come on Wine God Bacchus: Pour in!"

Again and again, the golden October sun attracts happy people to an exciting close of the year – the Bacharacher and the tourists.

The music plays, there will be dancing, rhythmical swaying and singing: the Wine God Bacchus hauls through the decorated streets on a barrel.

In the year 1310, the first wine market took place here in Bacharach on the Rhine river.

So many cozy wine restaurants are opened for you. You are cordially welcome at any time.

Welcome to a stroll through the popular wine hills, welcome in the snug wine cellars of the vine dressers, in our cafés and welcome to the tables of our good cooks.

Wine booth on the Mint in Bacharach on the Rhine River. In the background the Mint Tower.
Wine booth on the Mint in Bacharach on the Rhine River. In the background the Mint Tower.

Grape gathering festival in Bacharach on the Rhine river

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Bacharach on the Rhine River, Wine market on the Market Place.
Bacharach on the Rhine River, Wine market on the Market Place.

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Wine God Bacchus from Bacharach and his Bacchantinnen on the wine festival in Bacharach on the Rhine River.
Wine God Bacchus from Bacharach and his Bacchantinnen on the wine festival in Bacharach on the Rhine River.

Golden wine autumn festival in the Mittelrheinhalle (Middle Rhine Hall) Bacharach Germany on the Rhine River. In the Mittelrheinhalle (Middle Rhine Hall) Wine God "Bacchus" from Bacharach welcomes the guests with maudlin words. There is live music and dance with a sole entertainer.
Golden wine autumn festival in the Mittelrheinhalle (Middle Rhine Hall) Bacharach Germany on the Rhine River.
In the Mittelrheinhalle (Middle Rhine Hall) Wine God "Bacchus" from Bacharach welcomes the guests with maudlin words. There is live music and dance with a sole entertainer.

Dance floor in the Mittelrheinhalle (Middle Rhine Hall). Golden wine autumn festival Bacharach Germany on the Rhine River.
Dance floor in the Mittelrheinhalle (Middle Rhine Hall). Golden wine autumn festival Bacharach Germany on the Rhine River.

Wine booth on the wine festival in Bacharach on the Rhine River.
Wine booth on the wine festival in Bacharach on the Rhine River.

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