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Wine-Growing Regions
in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Travelling through Germany's largest wine-growing region, the Rhineland-Palatinate, you will get to experience the great diversity on offer in the six main wine-growing areas: Ahr, Moselle-Saar-Ruwer, Middle Rhine Valley, Nahe, Rheinhessen and Pfalz. Each area has its own special charm and its own exquisite selection of wines from tangy whites to full-bodied reds made from specially selected grapes and Eiswein (sweet wine made from grapes that have been exposed to frost). A true delight for any wine connoisseur!

1. Germany's Wine Garden — Rhineland-Palatinate

Wine is the first thing that many people think of when Rhineland-Palatinate is mentioned. This is hardly surprising when one considers that a full 70% of all Germany's wine is produced here, in the six famous wine-growing areas. No other German state has such an intimate relationship with the culture of wine — every year you can tray Rhineland-Palatinate's wines and sparkling wines at over a thousand wine festivals and fairs.

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2. Six Wine-Growing Regions

Rhineland-Palatinate has every right to its title of ‘Germany's Wine Garden’ because it is the home of six of the nation's thirteen wine-growing regions.

2.1 Ahr Wine-Growing Region

One of the smallest and perhaps the most unusual of Rhineland-Palatinate's wine-producing areas, the Ahr, is known far and wide as the home of some of Germany's best red wine. You can explore this magnificent landscape full of vineyard terraces close up on the ‘Rotweinwanderweg’ (Red Wine Trail), enjoying the spectacular views overlooking the romantic Ahr Valley. There are a number of inviting wineries, restaurants and excellent vineyard guesthouses along the way, where you can stop off and sample the local specialities. ... read more about the Ahr Wine-Growing Region

2.2 Middle Rhine Valley Wine-Growing Region

The Middle Rhine Valley wine-growing region is known for its picture-postcard scenery and as the home of the delicious, racy and fruity Riesling. Historical wine villages and romantic little towns are strung out like pearls along the Rhine Valley, while castles and palaces sit in splendour above the steep terraced slopes and massive rock formations along the Rhine River. You will find idyllic vineyard guesthouses and wineries serving a range of traditional snacks. Alternatively, you can enjoy fine wines and Romanticism on the Rhine under the spell of the mythical Loreley. ... read more about the Middle Rhine Valley Wine-Growing Region

2.3 Moselle-Saar-Ruwer Wine-Growing Region

Together with its tributaries, the Saar and Ruwer, the Moselle is one of the oldest wine-growing region in Germany. Originally brought here by the Romans 2,000 years ago, vines are still a dominant feature of the landscape. Proof of this can be found in Germany's oldest wine town, Neumagen-Dhron. The grapes in this Riesling mecca grow on warmth-retaining slate hills on some of the world's steepest south-facing slopes. If you have got a steady foot and a good head for heights, you can climb to the top of Europe's steepest vineyard — the ‘Calmont’ — overlooking the wine villages of Bremm on the Moselle and enjoy fantastic views of the cultivated landscape. Castles and ruins sit in splendour above the meandering river valleys. The banks of the rivers are lined with picturesque villages and small towns clinging to the slate slopes. Everywhere you go, you will find wineries and restaurants serving a vairety of wine and other regional specialities. ... read more about the Moselle-Saar-Ruwer Wine-Growing Region

2.4 Nahe Wine-Growing Region

The Nahe region produces a variety of wines that are as brilliant and sparkling as its gems. Good soil conditions, a mild climate and lots of sunshine make this an ideal area for grape varieties such as the Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau and Riesling. Burgundy, Kerner, Scheurebe, Portugieser and Dornfelder also thrive well here. There is a wealth of medieval villages, historical towns and mystical squares for you to explore, both along the Deutsche Edelsteinstrasse (German Gemstone Roue) and throughout this rich and varied region with its colourful history and exciting cultural scene. ... read more about the Nahe Wine-Growing region

2.5 Pfalz Wine-Growing Region

Enjoy the taste of the south in a glass of Pfalz wine. Mainly traditional grape varieties are grown here, chief amongst them the Riesling. However, the region also produces some first-rate Burgundy wines. Dornfelder is becoming a true red wine success story, while Pinot Noir and Regent are growing in popularity. Visitors to this wine-growing region will experience German hospitality at its best. There are a number of sleepy little villages, picturesque vineyard guesthouses and romantic castles to discover along the Deutsch Weinstrasse (German Wine Route). A real must for any lover of fine wines — that is the Pfalz. ... read more about the Pfalz Wine-Growing Region

2.6 Rheinhessen Wine-Growing Region

The triangular region between Mainz, Worms and Bingen am Rhein is the epitome of good quality wine. The Rheinhessen region is a gently rolling, fertile area offering a delicious and interesting variety of white and red wines. Innovative vintners in this region have brought a fresh lease of life to the German wine industry. In the old towns and little wine villages, you will find Strausswirtschaften (inns selling locally produced wine) and wine taverns serving traditional regional specialities accompanied by selected fine wines. The stars of the show here are Riesling, Silvanter, Rivaner and Burgundy, as well as fine sekt that is matured using traditional bottle fermenting methods. Wine tasting Sessions at the local vineyards are also very popular. ... read more about the Rheinhessen Wine-Growing Region

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3. Vineyard Holidays

On a tour of the Rhineland-Palatinate, you will find plenty of opportunity to stop off and sample some of the finest wines. You can also attend a wine appreciation seminar or wine tasting at a local winery with the chance to sample some regional specialities as well. With a whole host of activities from walks and cycling tours to the chance to work at a vineyard, there is always plenty to do in the Rhineland-Palatinate — a wine-growing region where the air is filled with the scent of fields, vineyards and meadows and Mother Nature appeals to the senses. That is the beauty of Friendly Vineyard Holiday in the Rhineland-Palatinate.

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4. Wine Routes

Setting off on a spontaneous journey by car can be great fun, whether on wonderful panoramic roads or on small, winding roads well away from the bustling cities. In Rhineland-Palatinate you will find a wealth of fascinating vineyard scenery to explore. There are wine routes through the vineyards and romantic wine-growing town and wine routes along the rivers, where you can put your foot down and enjoy a total sense of freedom.

4.1 Deutsche Weinstrasse (German Wine Route)

The Deutsche Weinstrasse (German Wine Route) is equally popular with wine-lovers and hikers. It begins at the ‘Deutsche Weintor’ (German Wine Gate) in Schweigen-Rechtenbach and runs for 80 kilometres to Bockenheim, through romantic wine-growing towns, vineyards and blossoming orchards. Almonds, figs, sweet chestnuts and kiwis all flourish in this sun-kissed landscape — along with the noblest and most famous grape varieties. And visitors are welcomed with the famous Pfalz hospitality wherever they go.

4.2 Nahe Weinstrasse (Nahe Wine Route)

The Nahe Weinstrasse (Nahe Wine Route) is following a circular course for 130 kilometres from Bingerbrück through the Nahe district and back — with plenty of wine pubs, wine-tasting cellars and cosy inns where you can stop along the way.

4.3 Moselweinstrasse (Moselle Wine Route)

The Moselweinstrasse (Moselle Wine Route) runs along the Moselle River from Perl to Koblenz past picturesque wine-growing towns, romantic castles, stately homes and Roman monuments. There are many wine-tastings and wine cellars, where you can get to know the wonderful Riesling wines for which the Moselle is famous.

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5. Wine Festivals

The over 1,000 wine festivals staged every year in Rhineland-Palatinate, including festivals staged by the wine-growers, provide ideal opportunities to get to know both the region's wines and its tasty cuisine. They include large events like the ‘Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt’ (Dürkheimer Sausage Market) in Bad Dürkheim, the ‘Mainzer Weinmarkt’ (Wine Market) in Mainz, the ‘Wormser Backfischfest’ (Fried Fish Festival) in Worms, the ‘Weinfest der Mittelmosel’ (Middle Moselle Wine Festival) in Bernkastel-Kues and the ‘Deutsches Weinlesefest’ (German Wine Festival) in Neustadt a. d. Weinstrasse, but also countless other smaller and larger festivals. One very special event is the traditional annual ‘Moselfest’ (Moselle Festival) in Winningen, which is the oldest wine-growers' festival in Germany.

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