Hock (wine)

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Hock is a British term for German white wine; sometimes it refers to white wine from the Rhine region and sometimes to all German white wine.[1]

It is short for the obsolete word "hockamore", which is an alteration of "Hochheimer", derived from the name of the town of Hochheim am Main in Germany.

The term seems to have been in use in the 17th century, initially for white wines from the middle Rhine, but in the 18th century it came to be used for any German white wine sold in Britain.[1]

It seems probable that Queen Victoria's visit to Hochheim and its vineyards during harvest time in 1850 contributed to the continued use of the word "hock".

Modern usage[edit]

Today "hock" is occasionally seen on bottles of (mostly cheaper) white wine sold in the United Kingdom. In Australia, hock is still known as the main ingredient of an old-fashioned summer drink called "hock, lime, and lemon."

The Waterbridge candy company in England makes wine gums. One of the candies is stamped with the flavour Hock.


  1. ^ a b "Oxford Companion to Wine: Hock". Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-05.