‘Flurbereiningung’ is a word of considerable significance in the landscape of Germany’s wine regions, meaning ‘restructuring’, a program implemented in the second part of the twentieth century. Many of the slopes on which some of Germany’s finest wines have been produced were relatively inaccessible, uneconomically steep, often terraced vineyards, and so, with national and local government assistance, more than half of the landscape in western Germany devoted to viticulture has been physically reshaped, with improvements to access, drainage, and workability.

Land has also been redistributed between private owners in some circumstances to reduce production costs. Outsiders can only speculate how many parochial man-hours went into organizing this massive task.

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