WINE-GROWING IN STYLE: WACKERBARTH ESTATE ARCHITECTS

Johann Christoph Knöffel was born in Dresden in 1686. His first piece of work was the small castle Grosssedlitz which he executed for Wackerbarth around 1720, following plans drawn up by Pöppelmann. In 1722 Knöffel became Saxon's state architect and therefore Pöppelmann's successor.
Due to excellent achievements he soon advanced to become Augustus the Strong's favourite and was promoted to Saxon's senior state architect in 1728. He then designed all of the Saxon king's buildings, except the court's church. However, unfortunately very few of his significant buildings are still intact. Today Schloss Wackerbarth is one of the rare testaments to Knöffel's skill.

Georg Heinsius von Mayenburg was born in Colditz in 1870. In the late 1920s he renovated Schloss Eckberg which belonged to his brother at the time. Later von Mayenburg specialised in interior design.
In 1916 he was given the task of re-designing Schloss Wackerbarth. An important and sensitive work - it presented a balancing act between purist recollection and introducing decorative elements in keeping with the style of the times.

Moritz August Retzsch, born in Dresden in 1779, was actually a painter and, as often seems to happen to artists, came by wine due to a woman. That is to say his wife brought a vineyard into the marriage. From then on Retzsch himself became an active vintner with growing enthusiasm and furthermore was very involved in the Saxon wine-growing association. In 1848 he retreated to the vineyard completely. He also organised and directed the large vintner's parade in 1840.

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