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Thomas Jefferson

On him was reported : the president of the United States (in office in between 1801 and 1809), having been one of the creators of the declaration of independence, from July 4th, 1774 -  on visit in Hochheim am Main.

From 1785 until 1789 Thomas Jefferson lived as ambassador in Paris. In 1788 he travelled to Frankfurt, lodging in the „red house – tavern“ from 6th of April onward for 4 days. There he had a bottle of wine from Hochheim – a 1726 vintage. On 10th of April he visited Hochheim am Main and reported afterwards as follows:

„In the morning I paid my bill at the „red house- tavern“, rented horses and travelled with Baron de Geismar to Hochheim. Jefferson described the wineyards „on a gentle slope of about ¼ of a mile wide, extending ½ mile toward Mainz. It is of a southwestern aspect, very poor, sometimes gray, sometimes mulatto, with moderate mixture of broken stones..“

„The vines are 3 feet apart and stuck with sticks 6 feet high… They are dunged once in 3 or 4 years. One thousand plants yield from one to two aumes (170 to 340 bottles) a year“.

Jefferson bought 100 vines for his Paris garden. Out of a letter to one of his friends: „ the vines I took along from Hochheim are doing pretty well in my garden and will cross the Atlantic next winter.I hope to be able then to offer one or another glass of this selfmade wine back home.“

In memory of his visit to Hochheim am Main, a memorial plaque was installed in the vineyards during the festivity for Hochheim’s 1250th anniversary.This memorial plaque can still be visited during a walk along „Herrenbachpfad“ on the vineyard hiking trail.