Friday, October 2, 2015

Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture: Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015) at Weingut Müller-Catoir in Neustadt-Haardt, Pfalz

The Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (August 30 – September 5, 2015) was the second of three wine tours in Germany in 2015, organized by Annette Schiller. The group was small - there were 5 of us, including Annette and Christian Schiller. This posting provides an overview.

We visited a total of 17 wineries (8 members of the VDP, the German association of elite wine makers; 2 in Alsace) in 3 different German wine regions where predominantly grapes other than Riesling are planted: Baden, the most southern German wine region and Germany’s answer to Burgundy; Pfalz with its almost Mediterranean climate and voluptuous whites and reds; Southern Rheinhessen where a variety of white grapes and also Pinot-Noir grow. In addition, we visited 2 wineries in Alsace in France.

Annette Schiller: Our way of traveling allows wine lovers to fully experience authentic Germany. Drawing on our love and deep knowledge of Germany and close personal ties to many personalities in the wine scene, our small group visits many of the hidden gems that other tours pass by, but which are essential to comprehend what German wine is all about.

Baden • Pfalz • Alsace • Rheinhessen

DAY 1: Sunday, August 30

09:30 am Departure by coach from Frankfurt am Main.

11:30 am Tour and tasting at winery Schloss Neuweier (VDP) in Baden-Baden-Neuweier.

Wine has been produced at this impressive 13th century castle for more than 700 years. About 100 years ago Riesling became the dominant grape and passion. Still today, winemaking takes place in the vaulted cellars that date back to the 17th century. The Rieslings grown in the steep vineyards produce sumptuous, racy wines with delicate fruit. In 2012 the Schätzle family bought the estate and continues to produce wines of uncompromising quality.

Our host Robert Schätzle, the owner and winemaker, studied oenology and comes from a family with a long tradition of winemaking in the Kaiserstuhl region to the south.

01:00 pm Wine pairing lunch at Röttele’s 1 Michelin starred restaurant in Schloss Neuweier.

The restaurant in the beautiful old castle is gorgeous and the owner Armin Röttele is a 1-Michelin star chef.

Chef Armin Röttele prepared an exquisite menu featuring the wines of Robert Schätzle.

Robert Schätzle joined us for the luncheon.

Before the lunch, we tasted with Robert his new wines of the 2014 vintage. For the lunch, we had older wines of Weingut Schloss Neuweier.

04:15 pm At Mercure Hotel in Freiburg - a 4-star modern hotel in the city center close to the famous Freiburger Cathedral with great views over Freiburg.

We enjoyed the rest of the day in the beautiful Old Town Freiburg.

DAY 2: Monday, August 31

09:15 am Tour and tasting at winery Salwey (VDP) in Oberrotweil, Kaiserstuhl, Baden.

The Salwey family has been making wine since the mid 18-hundreds. The present winery was founded in 1950 by the grandfather of Konrad Salwey, the current owner. The Burgundy grapes always played a central role at this winery. Konrad’s father devoted much attention to the Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Gris, and became sort of an unofficial ambassador for Pinots from Baden. Konrad Salwey inherited his father’s passion for the Pinot varieties. He vinifies the white Pinots in large oak casks and the Pinot Noir in traditional barriques crafted from native wood.

Benno Salwey was our host.

11:30 pm Tour and tasting at winery Fritz Keller (VDP) in Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden.

With the Keller family, which can trace its roots as winemakers and hoteliers back to the Thirty Year War in the early 17-hundreds, everything started with producing and offering outstanding food. Franz and his wife Irma, parents of the current owner, were among the first generation of chefs to start the German revolution in the kitchen more than forty years ago. Well beyond the immediate post WWII era, the urge to simply have enough food on the table – quantity over quality- lingered on. In 1969 Franz and Irma Keller and their restaurant Schwarze Adler were awarded one Michelin star, which the restaurant defends until today. For Franz Keller, the central idea of winemaking was to produce top quality wines that perfectly accompanied the creations in the kitchen. The current generation, Fritz and Bettina Keller have brought the winery to a new level. They just finished construction of a brand new winery that is an architectural landmark, beautifully integrated in the landscape. Their efforts to produce top wines, among them stunning Pinot Noirs, were acknowledged by their selection as new member of the VDP in 2013.

Fritz Keller welcomed us.

01:30 pm Wine paring lunch at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler in Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden.

This 1-Michelin star traditional restaurant run by the Keller family of winegrowers offers a harmonious mix of Baden country charm and elegance. The menu is a successful marriage of French and German cuisine reflecting the frontier on the nearby Rhine River, which is the border between Germany and France. The impressive wine list boasts 2 600 different wines, including a good selection of bottles from both Baden and France, in particular Bordeaux. The Kellers are Bordeaux lovers and also Bordeaux wine merchants. Their vaulted storage cellar hewn into the rocks across the street makes your palate water when looking at the aisles of Bordeaux cases with only the top names on them.

Melanie Wagner, the fantastic Sommelière of the Schwarze Adler, selected the wines for us.

05:00 pm Guided sightseeing tour of Old Town Freiburg.

Following the tour, we explored the beautiful Old Town Freiburg.

DAY 3: Tuesday, September 01

09:00 am Tour and tasting at winery Huber (VDP) in Malterdingen, Breisgau, Baden.

The Huber Estate is located in Malterdingen in the Breisgau area. More than 700 years ago, Cistercian monks came to Malterdingen, and found the same terroir as in Burgundy and thus started to plant Pinot Noir grapes. Still today, in many reference books on grape varieties, “Malterdinger” is used as a synonym for Pinot Noir. In 1987 Bernhard Huber and his wife Barbara started their own estate, leaving the co-operative where they produced wine before. They now own 65 acres of vineyards of which 70% is planted with Pinot Noir and the rest with Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, a little bit of Muskateller, Riesling, and Müller-Thurgau. All Huber wines are dry. Bernhard Huber does not produce any botrytised noble sweet wines or ice wines, nor does he chaptalize or add sweet reserve (Suessreserve) to generate sweetness in the finished wine. All his wines are fully fermented, dry and at around 13.5 percent alcohol. Bernhard regularly received the highest awards for his Pinot Noir and became something of a legend for producing top Pinot Noirs that can compete with the best of Burgundy. Bernhard Huber, only 53 years old, died in June after a battle with cancer. His wife Barbara wrote me in a moving email that she and their children try to keep Bernhard Huber's vision of wine making alive and that they will continue to produce top quality wines.

Yquem Viehauser was our host. Julian Huber greeted us.

11:30 am Tour and tasting at winery Dr. Heger (VDP) in Ihringen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden.

This estate is also one of the young wineries by German standards. It was founded in 1935 by Dr. Max Heger, a country doctor. Today the winery is in the hands of the third generation. Joachim Heger and his wife Silvia are in charge of 50 acres planted primarily with Pinot Noir and the white Burgundy grapes. The winery lies in the Kaiserstuhl, a small volcanic group of hills in the Upper Rhine Valley in southwest Germany. The town of Ihringen enjoys the highest average temperature in Germany. While some fine Riesling and Silvaner gets made here, it is really Pinot country. The wines are rich, very well-structured, compact, but nevertheless elegant and subtle.

Markus Mleinek was our host.

01:15 pm Lunch at Restaurant Holzöfele in Ihringen, just across the street from Dr. Heger winery.

03:00 pm Departure. We left the Baden area on the right bank of the Rhine River, at the foot of the Black Forest Mountains, and crossed over the Rhine river into France, into the Alsace region. This lies just across from Baden on the left bank of the Rhine at the foot of the Vosges Mountains. 

04:30 pm Tour and tasting at winery Maison Léon Beyer in Eguisheim, Alsace, France.

It was very interesting to taste the Beyer wines and compare them with the German wines. Even wines of the same grape variety are distinctively different. This is due to different terroir but in a large part to the different philosophy of winemaking in Germany and Alsace. In a nutshell: the modern German winemaking aims at elegant, fruity, crisp, perfectly balanced wines whereas the Alsatian winemaker wants body, boldness and strength for the wines to accompany the hearty Alsatian food.

Since the year 1580 the Beyer family has been making wine in Eguisheim. The “Maison Léon Beyer” as we know it today came into existence in 1867, when Emile Beyer founded the domaine and the négociant house. Maison Léon Beyer produces wine sourced from its own vineyards (50 acres), -among them are holding in the two Eguisheim Grand Cru vineyards, the Eichberg and the Pfersigberg-, and from leased contracts (100 acres). The Maison Léon Beyer is run by the father and son team, 13th generation Marc Beyer and 14th generation Yann Beyer, with advice from Léon Beyer, the grandfather. The domaine has a long-standing reputation for making bone-dry wines.

Marc Beyer was our host.

06:30 pm At Hotel Hostellerie du Château d'Eguisheim - a 3-star, family-run hotel in a typical Alsatian half-timbered building in the center of the picturesque village. The rooms are beautifully designed with a stylish, modern twist. The hotel is included in the "Guides Charmes".

Eguisheim is the cradle of winemaking in Alsace. When the Romans conquered Alsace in the early centuries, it was here that winemaking was introduced. It is an incredible picturesque, medieval village, surrounded by vineyards, and its narrow, concentric streets highlight the architecture of the half-timbered houses.

07:30 pm Dinner at Restaurant Caveau Heuhaus in Eguisheim.

DAY 4: Wednesday, September 02

10:00 am Tour and tasting at winery Domaine Weinbach in Kaysersberg, Alsace.

The Domaine Weinbach is one of the most prominent estates in Alsace. It is beautifully situated at the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill within the 12.5 acres large Clos des Capucines, the former Capuchin monastery still today completely surrounded by a high stone wall. Today 73 acres of vineyards belong to Domaine Weinbach. The Capuchin monks started making wine in 1612 and established the Domaine Weinbach. During the French revolution it became a national property. In 1898 the domaine was acquired by the Faller brothers. Théo Faller, the next generation, developed the estate into one of the best wineries in Alsace. His unrelenting commitment to delivering excellence and his focus on the incomparable terroirs and grape varieties produced wines of the highest quality. After Théo’s death in 1979, the winery was managed by his widow Colette and their two daughters, Laurence and Catherine, who continued the commitment to quality. In 1998 they started the process of converting to biodynamic winemaking. I quote the Fallers: “The main motivation is to increase soil activity and thus stimulate soil/root/aerial system exchanges with the objective of producing better quality, terroir driven and aromatically complex grapes and wines. Biodynamics helps us care for and protect our vines not only for now but also for future generations.” In 2014 Laurence died at age 47 and in February of this year Colette passed away. Catherine Faller is now the sole manager of the estate.

Catharine Faller was our host.

12:00 pm We continued our journey north on the Alsatian side of the Rhine River and stayed on the French side to cross into the Pfalz region of Germany in Wissembourg. This was a pretty drive, since we followed the Alsatian wine trail for some miles before we continued on the autoroute.

01:00 pm Wine pairing lunch at winery and wine tavern Jülg in Schweigen.

Just across the border in Schweigen, you find the winery Jülg. Unusually, their vineyards are in Germany as well as in France. Karin Jülg runs the wine tavern which is known for outstanding traditional Pfälzer cuisine. In the mid 80s Werner Jülg converted the family winery from a low-end mass producing winery -so typical for the Pfalz in those days-, into a wine estate that produces outstanding wines of the highest quality. He is also known for his excellent Sekt making: the Blanc de Noir produced in the Method Champenoise with traditional Champagner grapes is absolutely delicious. Winery Jülg produces only dry wines mostly with traditional Burgundy grapes. After finishing his studies in oenology son Johannes is now also working in the winery to continue with the family tradition.

We were greeted by Karin and Werner Jülg. Johannes Jülg joined us for the lunch and guided us through the wine pairings.

03:30 pm Deutsches Weintor (German Wine Gate).

A landmark built in 1936 which greets the traveller when coming from France. It also marks the beginning of the German Wine Trail. You can climb 18 meters to the top and enjoy the view over the breathtakingly beautiful landscape south towards the Alsace and north towards the Pfalz.

04:00 pm Tasting at winery Ökonomierat Rebholz (VDP) in Siebeldingen, Pfalz.

Hansjörg and Birgit Rebholz, the third generation of the Rebholz family continue what the founder, the Ökonomierat Eduard Rebholz began: producing highly individualistic wines by working as close as possible with nature. The Rebholz wines do not undergo any chaptalization, fining, or deacidifying nor will sweet reserve be added. The Rebholz wines are crystal clear, sharp, clean, simply beautiful in their transparency and underscore the individuality of the terroir, the climate, and the grape. 75% of the 47 acres under vine are planted with Riesling and the Burgundy grapes, 10% with Chardonnay and the rest with Silvaner, Sauvignon Blanc, Muskateller and Gewürztraminer. Due to the purity the wines have an enormous ageing potential. Hansjörg Rebholz was nominated as winemaker of the year 2013 by the Austrian lifestyle magazine Falstaff.

Hansjörg Rebholz welcomed us and Janina Wilsch led the tasting.

06:45 pm At Hotel Ritter von Böhl in Deidesheim, Pfalz - a 3-star very unique guest house with a 700 year old history. From its foundation over 700 years ago, it continuously served as a "Hotel". Yet it was only recently that the house was converted to a hotel in our definition of modern times: to provide lodging for the traveler. Since its foundation in the 13th century it served as a “Hotel Dieu”, a hospital and home for the sick, the poor, and the elderly.

We explored Deidesheim, a small, picturesque village with half-timbered houses and rustic wine taverns.

The former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, who lives close by, made Deidesheim famous, as he took his powerful guests, such as Margaret Thatcher, the King and Queen of Spain, Michail Gorbatschow, to Deidesheim to try the Saumagen, his favorite dish. We were lucky to be able to sit at the “Helmut Kohl Table”.

DAY 5: Thursday, September 03

09:00 pm Tour and tasting at winery Müller-Catoir in Neustadt-Haardt, Pfalz.

This outstanding, castle-like impressive estate - visible on the Haardt hill from afar - in the Neustadt suburb of Haardt, the so called balcony of the Pfalz with a very favorable microclimate, has been in the Müller-Catoir family since 1744. For more than a century the winery was managed by women who left a pronounced mark on the estate. Today ninth generation Philipp David Catoir is running the winery. The 60 acres of vineyards are farmed organically and winemaking in the cellar is gentle with fermentation at a higher than usual temperature and exclusively in stainless steel. The Müller-Catoir wines show an outstanding transparency and density, and even in lesser years are full-bodied and of high quality.

Andrea Müller was our host.

11:00 pm Tour and tasting at winery A. Christmann (VDP) in Gimmeldingen, Pfalz.

Weingut A. Christmann is owned and run in the 7th generation by Steffen Christmann, who is the current President of the VDP. Since its founding in 1845 the estate has produced Riesling and Pinot Noir. Devotion to soil vitality and the preservation and individuality of the terroir has lead Steffen Christmann to practice organic agriculture, strict vineyard management, and severe yield reduction. In the cellar, he employs long and gentle pressing with low pressure, clarification through natural sedimentation, and a slow, not too cool fermentation sometimes until as late as June with only one filtration. All of the wines are vinified in the dry style, because he feels that the conditions in his vineyards are ideal for producing dry wines.

Esther Grüttner was our host. Steffen Christmann joined us for an hour and discussed with us the new classification of the VDP.

01:30 pm Lunch at Restaurant Leopold at winery von Winning in Deidesheim.

02:30 pm Tourt and tasting at winery von Winning (VDP) in Deidesheim, Pfalz.

This winery was founded by Dr. Andreas Deinhard in 1849. His son in law Leopold von Winning took over in 1907 and under his direction the estate enjoyed its heyday. Leopold von Winning dedicated his life to the winery and meticulously raised the quality of the wines to a new level. He was a founding member of the VDP, the association of German premium wineries. The estate lived through another owner and some ups and downs, and in 2007, the Neustadt businessman Achim Niederberger acquired the estate, undertook major renovations, and brought in a young ambitious team which pursued the original principles of producing top quality wines. The style of the von Winning wines is unique in Germany: “We ferment our musts relatively turbid and without artificial cooling in different size oak barrels using their indigenous yeasts. Here the precious phenols polymerize to bestow a deep and complex aroma upon our wines. Subsequently, the wines are bottled with minimal handling and often without the aid of filtration. This approach is our way of expressing both world-class vineyards, such as the legendary Kirchenstück of Forst, as well as the distinctive style of our winery.”

05:30 pm Tour and tasting at winery Josef Biffar in Deidesheim.

The Biffar winery is a young enterprise with a 130 old history. In 2013 the Biffar family sold the estate to the Tokuoka family, entrepreneurs from Japan. Driving force behind this acquisition was Fumiko Tokuoka, who studied oenology and winemaking at the famous Geisenheim school in the Rheingau. After working for almost two decades in marketing for German wineries she took the opportunity to pursue her dream to make her own wine.

Fumiko Tokuoka was our host.

07:30 pm Wine pairing dinner at restaurant FUMI at winery Josef Biffar in Deidesheim.

German wine and Asian food is a perfect combination and who would be better suited than Fumiko to pair her German wines from her adopted country with the cuisine of her homeland.

Fumiko Tokuoka joined us for the dinner.

11:00 pm Back at Hotel Ritter von Böhl in Deidesheim, Pfalz.

DAY 6: Friday, September 04

09:30 am Tour and tasting at winery Markus Schneider in Ellerstadt, Pfalz.

For centuries the Schneider family has been living in Ellerstadt and owned vineyards, but did not produce wine and instead sold the grapes. Markus Schneider founded the winery in 1994 and has made himself a name within a short period of time with innovative, non-traditional wines. He increasingly shifted to making blends, based on international grape varieties, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Merlot, which were a novelty for Germany. At the same time, the wines were marketed with non-traditional, modern labels and wine names; these wines became increasingly appealing for young consumers and the hip crowd. Markus Schneider markets all his wines as QbA, without any reference to the predicate level (that have been dominating the German wine classification for decades) and without any reference to the vineyard(s) were the grapes come from (moving away from the terroir principle that has become increasingly important for traditional German wine producers). In 2003, Markus Schneider was voted Newcomer of the Year by the Feinschmecker (the top German gourmet magazine), and in 2006, as Discovery of the Year. Within only a few years, Markus Schneider has shot to the upper echelons of the German wine world and established a solid position among the top. President Obama already savored Schneider wines at the luncheon given by Chancellor Merkel during Obama’s visit to Berlin last year.

Markus Schneider was our host.

12:00 pm Lunch at Weinhaus Henninger in Kallstadt.

02:10 pm Tour and tasting at winery Koehler-Ruprecht in Kallstadt, Pfalz.

I could not describe the winery Koehler-Ruprecht better. Therefore I quote them: “Our motto, “Wine is the poetry of the earth,” (Mario Soldati, 1907-1999) sums up our philosophy. When it comes to wine production, the most important thing for us is the quality that ends up in the glass! This standard creates wines with a perfect balance of strength, elegance and longevity, and many of our wines have garnered attention throughout the world. Our successful development was initiated by Bernd Philippi. He is often able to create wines with amazingly long shelf lives, especially Rieslings, which can sometimes come across as a bit headstrong in their younger days. But over time they undergo an interesting development that is valued by many experts.”

Franziska Schmitt was our host.

04:45 pm Tasting at winery Dreissigacker in Bechtheim, Rheinhessen.

The history of the estate, a mixed farming operation, where winemaking was one of several agriculture pursuits, goes back to the early 18th century and the owners were known as the Sauer family. In 1952, Christa Sauer married Philipp Dreissigacker and they continued the mixed farming operation. In 1991, the parents of the current proprieter, Jochen Dreissigacker, abandoned the mixed farming approach and focused solely on winemaking. In 2001, Jochen took over and made radical changes, converting the estate to organic viticulture. Today, the name Dreissigacker stands for outstanding wines of the highest quality. Rheinhessen is the most underrated wine region in Germany, but is catching up with a vengeance. There are no breathtakingly steep vineyards, the vines grow on gentle slopes with shallow deposits of loess and loam, overlying a bedrock of active limestone—reminiscent of the great terroirs of Burgundy. There is an increasingly large group of young and ambitious winemakers and Jochen is at the vanguard of the revolution in quality for the region. This quote says it all: “When I took over the family winery I wanted to realize my own ideas. I made a decision: good is not enough - I want to make something truly extraordinary; something delicious – it should be thrilling; a pleasant taste – it should be highly distinctive.”

Ute Dreissigacker was our host.

07:30 pm At the Hotel Hilton in Mainz - a 5-star hotel situated on the edge of the old town on the picturesque banks of the Rhine River. Some rooms have a beautiful view towards the hills of the Rheingau on the other side of the Rhine River.

In the evening, we went to a local wine tavern, Weinhaus Bluhm.

DAY 7: Saturday, September 05

09.00 am Guided walking tour through Mainz.

We admired the colorful fruit and vegetable market, one of the biggest and most beautiful year-round outdoor markets at the foot of the 1000 year old cathedral.

11:30 am Cellar tour, tasting, and wine pairing lunch at winery Eva Vollmer in Mainz-Ebersheim, Rheinhessen.

Eva Vollmer was the 2010 Gault Millau Germany Wine Guide Discovery of the Year. She owns and operates - jointly with her husband Robert Wagner - a new Wine Estate in Rheinhessen in the suburbs of Mainz. After studies at the oenological school in Geisenheim and an internship in California at William Hill and Atlas Peak, she founded the winery in 2007. She took over the vineyards of her father, who did not produce wine, and sold all his grapes. Since then, she has not only produced outstanding wines, but also completed a Masters in Agriculture and a Phd at the University of Giessen. The very first vintage in 2007 was Eva Vollmer’s big bang on the national wine stage. Only just under 5,000 bottles were filled from the first vintage. Wine Estate Eva Vollmer is in the process of moving to organic wine growing. For some wine projects she teams up with two winemaker colleagues, Christina Huff and Mirjam Schneider, both also from Rheinhessen. The three are nicknamed the 3 Wine Amazons and they currently produce some outstanding wines from the famous Pettenthal vineyard in the Niersteiner Red Slope where the three hold some parcels. Eva is very artsy; among other events she organizes blind food/wine pairing events and vaudeville shows.

Eva Vollmer was our host and joined us for the lunch.

03:00 pm Arrival at Frankfurt International Airport. End of the tour.

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Tour and Tasting at Weingut Schloss Neuweier (VDP) in Baden-Baden-Neuweier with Owner and Winemaker Robert Schätzle

Wine Pairing Lunch at Röttele’s 1 Restaurant (1 Star Michelin) at Schloss Neuweier, with Owner and Winemaker Robert Schätzle, Weingut Schloss Neuweier

Tour and Tasting at Weingut Salwey (VDP) in Baden with Benno Salwey

Tour and Tasting at Weingut Franz Keller (VDP) in Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden

Wine Paring Lunch at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler (1 Star Michelin) in Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden

Schiller's Favorite Wine Taverns of Freiburg

Tour and Tasting at Weingut Bernhard Huber (VDP) in Baden, with Yquem Viehauser

Tour and Tasting at Weingut Dr. Heger (VDP) in Baden.

Tour and Tasting at Maison Léon Beyer in Eguisheim, Alsace, France, with Marc Beyer

Tour and Tasting at Domaine Weinbach in Kaysersberg, Alsace, with Catharine Faller

Wine Pairing Lunch at Wine Tavern Jülg, Weingut Jülg, in Schweigen, with Johannes Jülg

Tasting at Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz (VDP) in Siebeldingen, Pfalz

Schiller's Favorite Wine Taverns in Deidesheim

Tour and Tasting at Weingut Müller-Catoir in Neustadt-Haardt, Pfalz

Tour and Tasting at Weingut A. Christmann (VDP) in Gimmeldingen, Pfalz, with Steffen Christmann

Tour and Tasting at Weingut von Winning (VDP) in Deidesheim, Pfalz

Tour and Tsting at Weingut Josef Biffar in Deidesheim, with Owner and Winemaker Fumiko Tokuoka

Wine Pairing Dinner at Restaurant FUMI at Weingut Josef Biffar in Deidesheim, with Owner and Winemaker Fumiko Tokuoka

Tour and Tasting at Weingut Markus Schneider in Ellerstadt, Pfalz, with Markus Schneider

Tour and Tasting at Weingut Koehler-Ruprecht in Kallstadt, Pfalz, with Franziska Schmitt

Tasting at Weingut Dreissigacker in Bechtheim, Rheinhessen, with Ute Dreissigacker

Tour and Wine Pairing Lunch at Weingut Eva Vollmer in Mainz-Ebersheim, Rheinhessen, with Eva Vollmer


  1. It sounds like the wine tour was a great success and everyone looked they they were enjoying themselves. I like how you gave a detailed itinerary on this blog as it tells readers what to expect from a wine tour. I used to work on a vineyard in New Zealand and am interested in wine. I would definitely like to do a tour one day.

    Faith Thomas @ The Berry Farm

  2. Yes Faith it was a great tour. All our tours are great. I am looking forward to you joining us on a tour. Cheers. Christian