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AHR

Ahr is located in one of the most northern wine regions of Germany in the Ahr valley which flows into the Rhine. Being one of the smallest regions it is a size of 525 hectares priding itself for the production of red wine.

With almost 90% producion being red wine the grape varieties grown are Spätburgunder, Portugieser, Dornfelder and a very small portion of the speciality red wine Frühburgunder (also known as Pinot Noir precoce which ripens earlier than normal). White wine production is predominantely Riesling and Müller-Thurgau varieties.

Alot of the terrain it steep which proves to be a challenge but with the terraced slopes it is easily managed and often by man due machinery is not easily accessable to such areas.

It has a microclimate often referred to as „Mediterranean“ with the slate and volcanic rocks holding the heat throughout the day to produce perfect grape growing conditions.

Why not have a relaxing spa with wine in hand or even if you are into golf take a swing at one of Germanys top 18 hole golf courses with the most spetacular view of the Ahr Valley and Eifel Mountains.

Baden is one of the largest wine growing regions of Southwest Germany with an expansion of 15906 hectares over 9 districts stretching approximately 400km in length from North to South.

About half of the wineries around the region grow Pinot (known as Burgunder) of both red and white varieties (weiss oder rot). White wine production takes the lead however but only just and the grape varieties grown are: Spätburgunder, Grauburgunder, Weissburgunder, Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Gutedel, Silvaner and Gewürztraminer.

Kaiserstuhl one of the 9 districts being a volcanic area is one of the warmest parts of Germany which makes for great growing conditions. Due the long distance Baden covers not all districts are the same but very diverse with all types of rock, clay and even sand.

When in the region why not: go to a castle, hot air balloon or yes even sleep in a giant wine barrel!

FRANKEN

Franken also known as Franconia is located in the North West of Bavaria with 6063 hectares of vineyards. Most of the vineyards are located around Würzburg up the hills alongside the Main River.

With nearly a whopping 80% of white wine produced the grape varieties grown in the region are: Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner, Bacchus, Kerner, Riesling, Spätburgunder, Scheurebe also Rieslaner (a cross between Silvaner and Riesling which is a high acidic late ripening white grape).

It is the home for the flat round bottle namely "Bocksbeutal" for which high quality Franconian wines are traditionally bottled.

Würzburg’s Stein vineyard and it's "steinwein", is sometimes used to describe all Franconian wines.

If in the region how about a walk up through the beautiful vineyards for a bit of kaffee and kuchen (coffee and cake) followed by a stop for tastings and culinary delights in a funkily designed winery with fabulous views!

HESSISCHE BERGSTRASSE

Hessische Bergstrasse is the baby being the smallest of the wine regions with only 439 hectares of vineyards located in the South West of Germany. It is also known as Strata montana „mountain road“ when back in the earlier days the Romans used it to access the fortified castles as well as being one of their trade routes.

White wine has the biggest production in this region being just over 80% with the main grape varieties grown being: Riesling and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) with also smaller amounts of Müller-Thurgau, Grauburgunder, Silvaner, Kerner and Weissburgunder.

Due to the great growing conditions it is a famous little area especially in spring time „spring garden“ when the blossoms bloom the earliest out of all the regions brightening up the hillsides.

At your own pace how about a hike or bike through the vineyards or even a grill up at one of the hidden grill cabins!

MITTELRHEIN

Mittelrhein meaning „Middle Rhine“ is located in the Rhine Gorge stretching between Bonn and Bingan. Also one of the smaller winegrowing regions it has 448 hectares of vineyards. The Rhine Gorge, or parts of it are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The grape varieties grown in the region are Riesling, Muller – Thurgau, and Spatburgunder with the biggest portion being 85% white wine.

The climate is a warm one with a steep landscape which is protected by the wind therefore the best grapes are selected by hand.

The hillsides are very picturesque with the spread of vineyards meandering down the Rhine with old castle reminants and idylic towns.

Speaking of castles how about a castle tavern with a panoramic view and even a walk through the exotic butterfly garden. And if you are around during the „Rhine in flames“ fireworks display lock it in for an illuminated boat ride!

MOSEL

Mosel is Germany's third largest wine producing region with 9533 hectares planted in vines. It has very steep landscape where nearly all work is to be carried out by hand. Calmont a vineyard of Mosel is the world's steepest recorded vineyard.

The main grape varieties of the region are: Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, Bacchus, Spätburgunder and Elbling mainly used for the Mosel Sekt (sparkling wine).

With it's warm climate and the soil being mainly slate this makes for ideal growing conditions due it's capability to hold the heat from the day overnight. However on the steep slopes erosion happens especially when it rains and manual labour is used to take it back up the hill.

How about a tranquil paddle boat down the wine valley or even a stay at a wine farm with a champagne breakfast!

NAHE

Nahe, one of the oldest wine growing regions is located between the Mosel and Rhine Valleys with 4155 hectares of vineyards.

The climate is mild with little frost or rain and like alot of the river clad vineyards they are on steep facing slopes.

With the soils being so diverse and also volcanic it allows for a bigger variety of grapes and wine styles.

White wine takes the lead once again with nearly 80% produced and the grape varieties grown are:
Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Dornfelder, Silvaner, Kerner, Scheurebe, Bacchus, Spätburgunder and Portugieser.

For your love of wine why not have a bit of vineotherapy with a treatment with wine or wine related products or even check out one of the historical wine vintners huts!

PFALZ

Pfalz also know as Palatinate is the second largest wine region of Germany with a huge 23461 hectares of ground covered in vineyards. It has a very warm, sunny and dry climate alongside Baden's volcanic district Kaiserstuhl.

The wine varieties, majority white are: Riesling , Dornfelder , Müller-Thurgau , Portugieser, Kerner, Silvaner, Scheurebe, Spätburgunder, Morio-Muskat, Weissburgunder with a small portion of Gewürztraminer.

In this region especially at „Weinfests“ wine is mixed with sparkling water named „Schorle“ in glasses specific to the region called „Dubbeglas.“

The world's largest wine barrel can be found here and if you would fancy, yes you can dine in it! Also how about a glimps at the world's oldest bottle of wine!

RHEINGAU

Rheingau or „Rhine District“ is located at the Northern side of the Rhine, 50km from end to end and west of Frankfurt with 3125 hectares of vineyards.

It has mild winters and warm summers with protection from the Taunus Hills.

The grape varieties grown in the region are: Riesling, Spätburgunder, Müller-Thurgau, Ehrenfelser, Kerner and Weissburgunder. Like most regions in the area a high percentage of the production is white with nearly 80% Riesling.

The term „Hock“ is famous for white „Rhine wines“ from this region as nicknamed by Queen Victoria on her visit to the district of Hochheim in 1845.

At your own pace you could tackle the Riesling Route through the vineyards inlcuding Schloss Johannisberg which is one of the world’s most famous wine estates to this day. And if you are prepared to get up early you can even help out with harvesting!

RHEINHESSEN

Rheinhessen is the largest out of the wine regions in Germany with a whopping 26444 hectares of vineyards.

The climate is mild with rolling hillsides covered with vines, orchards and various other farmlands.

It is internationally known for it's Liebfraumilch which is a sweet white wine. With white wine having the highest production the grape varieties of the area are: Riesling, Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, Scheurebe, Spätburgunder, Portugieser, Dornfelder and the newly established Regent.

In the district Rheinterrasse it produces the most interesting wines of the Rheinhessen region and the „Roter Hand“ or red slope in the north has a reputation to produce the best wines due the sandstone soil.

How about an uniquley atmospheric experience with some local wine unique at one of the old cow byers renovated to a tavern, namely „cow chapel.“ Even a picnic in one of the beautiful gardens of the region.

Saale – Unstrut is located on the hills around the rivers Saale and Unstrut, hence the name, it is also one of the smaller wine regions with 685 hectares planted out in grapes. Being Germany's most northern wine region it has a warm climate with dry summers and cool winters.

The main grape varieties grown are: Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner , Weissburgunder, Kerner, Riesling, Traminer, Portugieser, Spätburgunder and Dornfelder. With the majority of wine produced being white they are generally dry with a light crisp fruity taste. The small amount of red that is grown tends to sell quickly due it being a rarity!

A visit to a cute vineyard with a Baroque „weingarten“ shouldn't be a miss where you can indulge on great food, wine and culture, even entertainment if you strike it lucky!

 

Sachsen or Saxony is one of the smaller wine regions of Germany with 462 hectares planted out in grapes. Alongside Saale-Unstrut, Sachsen it is also one of the most northern wine regions and the only two to be located in the former East Germany.

The main grape varieties grown are: Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Weissburgunder, Grauburgunder, Traminer, Kerner, Elbling and Scheurebe, Spätburgunder and Dornfelder. However they also make a small amount of Goldriesling which is a speciality and only grown in this region, so while in Sachsen it is a must to try!

It's climate is similar to that of Saale-Unstrut being warm with dry summers and cool winters and alot of the vineyards are located up rocky terraces. Therefore having warm days and cool nights it brings out the rich aromas in the wine which tend to be vinified as dry.

You can dine on an amazing feast in an amazing castle's historic room accompanied by the chambermaids. Or even try test out your own skills at a cookery course in the castle kitchen!

Württemburg is located in Southwest Germany with the vineyards spreading down the Neckar River between Heilbron and Stuttgart. 11511 hectares of the land is covered in vineyards and it is one of the only regions of Germany to produce more red wine that white!

The main grape varieties grown are: Trollinger (which is the region's signature grape), Spätburgunder, Riesling, Schwarzriesling, Lemberger, Kerner, Müller-Thurgau, and Silvaner.

They even go as far as naming a marathon after the grape „The Heilbronner Trollinger Marathon.“

The temperatures are mild due the Neckar River running through and the area is sheltered by the Black Forest and the Swabian Alb.

Feel like really roughing it, Stay in a hay hotel... a done up barn... yes, and even sleeping in the hay!

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