A town in southern Germany where my great grandfather Franz Carl Berthold came from. It’s not a particularly common name in Germany, and it turns out that I share a common ancestor with Herman Berthold, owner of Weingut Berthold. We spent a lovely day at the vineyard with the very generous Berthold family. Above – the town today. Below – what it looked like in 1905, based on an old postcard.

The town was virtually levelled in WW2, and subsequently rebuilt.

The vineyard in summer. I based this on someone else’s photo. We visited on a wet winter day. Herman dove us all over these hills and we ended up by the cross with a great view of the town.

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