Thursday, February 25, 2010

Restaurants in Germany with a Top Selection of German Wines

Picture: Kronenschloesschen in Hattenheim, Rheingau, Germany - Best Selection of Rheingau Wines

Germany’s Restaurants with a Top Selection of German Wines

The Food and Wine Journal Der Feinschmecker and the German sparkling water producer Apollinaris have for the second time, done a ranking of Germany’s restaurants in terms of their selection of German wines. A total of 120 restaurants participated in the contest of which the following 10 were selected. The other day, a friend of mine sent me an e-mail asking me where he could have a good selection of German Rieslings, while on a stopover in Frankfurt am Main. This list is a good starting point, although I am not sure how broad the participation in the contest was. In Berlin, for example, I would definitely also recommend Restaurant Rutz. I do not know, whether they did not bother to participate, or if they did, but did not make it to the top 10. Anyway, here are the top 10.

In Berlin:

Restaurant Quadriga in the Hotel Brandenburger Hof - this year’s number 1, with 1250 German wines in the wine cellar.

Restaurant First Floor in the Hotel Palace – one star Michelin cuisine.

Close to Frankfurt am Main, in the Rheingau region:

Restaurant Kronenschloesschen in Eltville – Hattenheim; exquisite restaurant, which also got a special award for having a selection of 800 wines from the Rheingau.

Weinhaus und Hotel Zum Krug in Eltville – Hattenheim – more an up-scale wine brasserie in the same village in the Rheingau serving traditional German specialities with a staggering wine list, which includes their own wine.

In Hannover:

Restaurant Die Insel – exquisite restaurant with also an amazing list of top French wines.

In Leipzig:

Restaurant Falco in the Hotel Westin.

Close to Bonn:

Restaurant Weinhaus Gut Suelz in Koenigswinter – a cosy wine brasserie with wines from 70 German producers.

Kucher’s Landhaus in Darscheid – a wine cellar of 20.000 bottles in the country side, between Bonn and Frankfurt am Main.

Close to Stuttgart:

Restaurant Friedrich von Schiller, Bietigheim-Bissingen – about 30 miles away from Stuttgart in the country side; I can recommend their Schillerwein; former Boss of Porsche Wendelin Wedekind is a regular here.

Close to Cologne/Duesseldorf

Restaurant Gut Laerchenhof, Pulheim – Stommeln – an elegant restaurant, which is part of a golf club.

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1 comment:

  1. Kronenschlösschen in Hattenheim: I arranged a coorporate management meeting at that place in 1993 (I believe, it was) and everyone really liked it. Besides the wines, it is a great place to stay at - or at least was at that time!