Rauschgold Angel mulled wine from the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

This traditional mulled wine is prepared in line with an old original recipe. It combines quality Italian red wine with fine spicy notes and a hint of cassis. Distinguished by its especially powerful, dark red colour and its full-bodied, spicy flavour. Its home, the Nuremberg Christkindlemarkt, is one of the oldest and most popular Christmas Markets in the whole of Germany. Early sources and numerous findings trace its origin back to 1628. Today, the Nuremberg Christkindlemarkt is one of the largest Christmas attractions in the world, attracting almost 200 stalls and around two million visitors each year. The Nuremberg Christkindlemarkt is traditionally opened on the Friday of the first Advent weekend and gives its visitors a magical Pre-Christmas period up to 24th December. As long as Christmas Eve does not fall on a Sunday.

But what does the Nuremberg Rauschgold Angel have to do with the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt? It's quite simple: If you believe the legend, a doll-maker called Balthasar Hauser created a figure from gold foil after the Thirty Years War. This figure was an image of his beloved daughter Anna, who died young and appeared to him one night wearing a robe of gold and velvet. Instead of the unaffordable gold, the doll-maker used brass, which he rolled flat and hammered until it was so thin that it was the thickness of paper, so that it was malleable enough to be moulded. The so-called Rauschgold was actually found in Nuremberg, which at that time was known for its fine tinsmiths and wire-makers. The renowned Rauschgold Angel is still produced for the Christmas festival to this day. However, since the 18th century is has been made from aluminium rather than brass. And now the lovely angel, based on little Anna, adorns the tops of millions of our Christmas trees.

Munich "Christkindlmarkt vorm Alten Rathaus" mulled wine

A fruity premium mulled wine, which bears the name of the traditional "Münchner Christkindlmarkt vorm Alten Rathaus", and as such stands for tradition and quality. Its special recipe ensures festive feelings of comfort in the cold winter with a harmoniously balanced mixture of spices and select, bold base wines. Simply heat (do not boil), add a shot of rum or cognac to taste, and it gives off the hot and seductive aroma of cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and oranges.

A precursor to today's mulled wine was known back in ancient times under the name "Conditum Paradoxum". And spiced wines were especially popular in the Middle Ages too, and were in fact very similar to the mulled wines of today in terms of ingredients and flavour. In 350 BC, the Greek philosopher Theophrastos praised cinnamon as a delectable seasoning for wine. The highest quality cinnamon is from Cylon, where it is harvested from a real cinnamon tree. The cardamom, which is also contained in the mulled wine, is said to stimulate the appetite, while the cloves do not just smell amazing, but also promote digestion. The healing effects of the clove were known back in Ancient China, without the people knowing that, centuries' later, its aroma would have spread across an area of 20,000 square metres and would bewitch over 3 million visitors to the Munich Christmas Market.

However, it isn't just the aroma of mulled wine that attracts people to the Munich Christmas Market; rather the almost 30-metre-tall Christmas tree with its 2,500 lights that stands proudly in front of the town hall. Each year, the tree is donated by a different German or foreign state, which, in return, present themselves in the inner courtyard of the town hall, and are permitted to operate a bar.

Anyone wishing to experience the magic of the largest and oldest Christmas Market in Munich, is welcome to attend from 1st Advent to Christmas Eve.