Mill room

Mill room

The golden origins of rye

No Korn without rye! That has always been the case and that's why it all starts in the mill room.

As far back as the 12th century, the Cistercian monks of the Walkenried monastery were painstakingly draining the swamps in the river valley between Kyffhäuser and the southern Harz, making the soil arable, allowing Nordhausen's scenic breadbasket, the Golden Meadow, to come into being here.

The grain used to produce Echter Nordhäuser Korn is still grown in the Golden Meadow to this day.

Today, you can no longer peer over the shoulder of a miller, but you can still see a gristmill that is over one hundred years old. The mill for modern wet grinding dating from the 1960s was still in use here until early 2000.

Not only was pure rye distilled here using the whole grain, the Korn is painstakingly produced according to a purity law. Learn about the important details regarding the Nordhäuser Purity Law of 1789, and interesting information about the German Purity Law from 1909. Find out how to distinguish between wheat, rye, oats, buckwheat and barley - all of this was and remains part of everyday working life for millers and distillers alike.