In the "Sortengarten" of Zeltingen-Rachtig, Mediterranean and exotic species were planted on a former vineyard in addition to native shrubs and useful woods in order to test whether these woods could establish themselves and adapt to the climatic conditions.
Insights into the hiking tour:
The "Sortengarten" extends over three sub-areas separated by economic trails with a total size of 4000 m². It lies in north-western exposure in the vineyard slope above the village of Zeltingen. On the smallest and steepest area in the lower slope there is shell fruit (walnut, sweet chestnut, hazel). The middle area is divided into a quarter of the genus Sorbus with the berry-bearing tree species rowanberry, cranberry, speierling and service tree. One section is assigned to Mediterranean species and another to exotic non-European woody plants and climbing plants. In the upper area of the variety garden, berry fruit trees can be found on trellises, among other things, long-established fruit trees, some of which are of Mediterranean origin, and traditional fruit varieties adapted to the wine-growing climate.