Mussbach is a vine producing village, in a district of the city of Neustadt on the Wine Route. It lies in the ‘Vorderpfalz‘, which is on the western edge of the Upper Rhine Plain. The highest mountain is ‘Weinbiets’ with a height of 553m.
The region’s wine growing tradition can be traced back to Roman times. The town’s 1300 years of history are closely interwoven with that of the Order of St. John and its chapter house.
In the 19th century Mussbach became known as a Traminer region, yes it’s all about the soil.
In 1902, 54 vintners founded the Mussbach Vintners’ Association. For the first time ever, the region’s vintners jointly promoted their grapes – which started the beginning of the Mussbach vintners’ success story for German wines.
Their wines have since become widely known and recognised far beyond the region’s borders. Membership of the association benefited the vintners by ensuring that single vineyard wines are available in sufficient quantities for year-round marketing.
Three cooperatives joined forces in 1968 to 1971, forming the “Winzergenossenschaft Weinbiet Mussbach-Gimmeldingen e.G.” The cooperative was named after the 554m mountain that shelters the region, protecting it from the extremes of storms and hail.
They decided to keep and maintain the various cooperative’s buildings; grape collection and wine storage facilities are located at different sites than the bottling and sales facilities. However, there is an underground pipeline system which connects the whole society.
The cooperative “Weinbiet” has become a highly effective organisation and its new identity was established in its recent form in 2002.