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Franconia, at least that's how it seems, has been rather neglected by the wine press and the public lately. The focus of vintage reports by wine journalists, but also of blog posts and forum discussions is on other areas. This is quite remarkable, since Franconia has clearly been one of the most dynamic wine regions in Germany during the past few years. The connection between tradition and modernity, which is so often mentioned in wine literature, is probably nowhere as true as here. Nowhere in Germany is the percentage of bottles with screw caps as high as in Franconia, even the Grosses Gewächse are screwed to a good extent. At the same time, however, most of the wines are kept in a rather traditional style, sometimes even completely uncompromisingly committed to the soil, the origin. The only difference is that the term "earthy" wine, which has been proverbial in Franconia for a long time, no longer has to be used to cover up a clumsy rusticity, as it was often the case 20 or 30 years ago. The generations of vintners who are responsible for vineyards and cellars today are highly trained. However, most of them do not use their skills to produce flattering, smooth fruit bombs, just because these are currently so popular with many consumers, but also wine journalists. On the contrary, they strive to bring out the origin and varietal character of their wines as precisely as possible.