NUREMBERG, GERMANY (DECEMBER 8, 2016) (REUTERS) – With Christmas season in full swing, festive markets across Germany have been welcoming people eager to buy stocking-fillers and enjoy a mug or three of mulled wine.
Local producer Gerstacker makes several million litres of wine every year using a decades-old recipe. It supplies the Nuremberg Christmas market and also exports bottles of its wine abroad, including to the United States and Canada.
“The special thing about our Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt mulled wine is that it has been around since 1965, when it was developed by Friedrich Gerster together with a well-known Nuremberg gingerbread maker, and it contains all the spices from the original Nuremberg gingerbread,” product manager Evelyn Gerstner said.
The spices include cloves, cardamom, mace, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, star anise and vanilla, combined with other flavours like citrus peel. The mixture seemed to go down well with punters looking to warm up at the Christmas market.
“It just tastes really original, it tastes great. You can manage a few of these, you can definitely drink more than one,” fellow punter Helmut Weinberger said.
Nuremberg’s Christmas market on the city’s main square dates back several centuries. It is held annually from the Friday preceding the first advent Sunday until December 24 and attracts upwards of a million visitors every year.