Icy cellar

Jörg Holtermann

Freiburg, Germany

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A typical earth cellar for the Kaiserstuhl. Many farmsteads had one near their vinyards to store their gear and also one near (or under) their house to store wine and foodstuff in general.
The loess here is great to burrow in – it is stable, yet easy to excavate. Narrow passes (Hohlwege) are quite common here and provide locations that are well suited for such cellars.

Today many are no longer in use, but in past decades and centuries they were an important part of preserving food and making wine as they provided constant, low(ish) temperature during all seasons, also coupled with relatively constant humidity.

Location: a narrow pass just outside of Vogtsburg (Kaiserstuhl – Germany), between two vinyards

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