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Schloss HeideggThe canton of Lucerne is not a wine canton. It is true that there are vines and vineyards in almost every canton in Switzerland, even in places where there were none in the past. However, a clever knight cultivated vines on the castle hill as early as the beginning of the 14th century. Thus Heidegg became a "wine castle". During a plundering in the middle of the 17th century by insurgents, it is said - according to the chronicle - that there was a big booze-up, during which the insurgents "only woke up from their drunkenness in court."

However, vine-growing in the canton of Lucerne ceased completely during the phylloxera crisis and was only reintroduced on a modest scale in the middle of the last century - through pioneering spirit and state aid - to the present day just under 40 hectares. No wonder I've never had a Lucerne wine myself (only tasted it two or three times). And again it's a restaurant - this time in Olten (Olten is something of a hub in Switzerland) - which had a Heidegger wine on the menu. And what's more, a grape variety that is on the rise in Switzerland, but still very rarely grown. Of course, I grabbed it.

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