Germany | Franken
The finest Franken wines are traditionally bottled in a Bocksbeutel, which is a squat green or brown flagon with a round body and short neck. This makes it easily recognisable and has become the hallmark of the region's wines. The Franken wine region borders the Rhön in the north, the Steigerwald in the east, the Taubertal in the south and the Spessart in the west.
The centre of the wine growing region is the baroque festival town of Würzburg, home of the famed vineyard Stein, which gave rise to the generic term Steinwein, formerly used to denote all Franken wines. Franconian wines are generally fuller-bodied, less aromatic, often drier, firmer, and earthier.