The Story of the Franken Bocksbeutel

By Jan Schüler

Updated June 8, 2021 05:48 am

You know a Franken wine from a mile off because of the distinct shape of its bottle: the bocksbeutel. Pot-bellied, flat, and with a short neck, the bocksbeutel dates back to the 17th century when it was used as a book bag or water bottle in the fields. Its practical shape caught on and is so synonymous with Franken that today it is a ‘protected bottle shape’ under European Union law. There’s so much to the story of the Franken bocksbeutel…