Tasting of Lübeck’s famous red wine Rotspon

The beginning of the red wine trade in Lübeck dates back to the 13th century. At that time the first ships of the Hanseatic League sailed to the French coast in order to buy Bordeaux wine.

Since that time French red wine is brought to Lübeck to get “refined and cultivated”. The surprising improvement of quality as a consequence of the storage in Lübeck’s wine cellars was first perceived in 1806 by French officers. After Napoleon’s army had occupied the city of Lübeck, the officers noticed that the Bordeaux-wines stored in Lübeck’s wine-cellars tasted much better than the Bordeaux-wines at home.

Today, in Lübeck there are different wine-trading companies with a rich history. Two of them are indicated below. In their historic stores in Lübeck’s Old Town they offer wine tasting events. The wine-tasting events cover topics such as Wine & chocolate, Wine & cheese and they present wines from different wine-growing regions of the world.


For groups these wine-tasting offers can be booked on request.

H.F. von Melle
Beckergrube 86
23552 Lübeck
Phone: +49 (0) 451 / 710 50
Fax: +49 (0) 451 / 77 462
Web: www.von-melle.de
E-Mail: info(at)von-melle.de

CARL TESDORPF
Mengstraße 64
23552 Lübeck
Phone: +49 (0) 451 / 79 92 70
Fax: +49 (0) 451 / 70 70 726
Web: www.tesdorpf.de
E-Mail: bestellung(at)tesdorpf.de