The Christmas Market Season is approaching here in Europe and we thought it is time to investigate exactly why every year the Germans, Austrians, and Swiss drink so much Glühwein. The drink has many other monikers, you may know it as Mulled Wine, Vin Chaud, Glög or perhaps just spiced wine
The first recorded spiced and heated wine date all the way back to Rome, 2nd Century AD. The Romans travelled all across Europe, conquering much of it and generally getting into quite a lot of mischief. Luckily they brought some heated alcohol to soften the blow!
Glühwein (roughly, “glow-wine” from the hot irons once used for mulling) is very popular in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Traditionally downed by the mug load during the Christmas Holidays. The oldest documented Glühwein tankard is attributed to Count John IV of Katzenelnbogen, a German nobleman who was the first grower of Riesling grapes. This gold plated lockable silver tankard is dated to c. 1420
So why is the Glühwein so popular in these countries? Because it is really good if the right recipe is used. CAUTION – a serious hangover is possible. If you’d like to have a truly authentic recipe get in touch with us