As visitors to Nuremberg enjoy mulled wine at its famous Christmas market, one local producer reveals the secrets of making a good “Gluehwein”.
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.
Known in German as “gluehwein”, (pronounced GLOO-VINE), mulled wine is a quintessential part of a traditional Christmas market in Germany.
One of the country’s oldest and most well-known is Nuremberg’s “Christkindlesmarkt” in the city centre. The original “Nuremberg mulled wine” sold there must be manufactured in the city.
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 firm was set up in 1945 when Friedrich Gerstacker and his wife opened a brandy factory, before moving into mulled wine twenty years later.
“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.
“We came especially from Austria to the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt because it’s so well-known and it’s the oldest one. And the mulled wine tastes especially good!”, visitor Christina Steindl said.
“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.