Friday, March 4, 2016

Coming-up: 2016 Spring Tours by ombiasy WineTours to Germany and the Bourgogne, Germany/ France

Picture: Kaub in the Mittelrhein Valley with the Castles Pfalzgrafenstein and Burg Gutenfels - Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2016)

In May/June three amazing wine tours are coming up:

The first Wine Tour in 2016 goes to Germany’s classic, and well-known wine region: Rheingau, Mittelrhein, Ahr, Mosel, Nahe (May 5 - May 11).

We will understand how the ‘late harvest’ was invented, what it means to work in the steepest vineyards on the planet, how finicky, wonderful, elegant, and versatile the Riesling grape is, why Pinot Noir can thrive in such a northern area 50 1/2 º of latitude, and we will meet world-renowned winemakers such as J.J.Prüm, Hanno Zilliken, Markus Molitor, Johannes Leitz, August Kesseler, Tim Fröhlich, and many more. To do a cruise on the romantic Rhine river with its castle and vine-ribboned banks, to drive along the many bends of the Mosel river, and to taste gorgeous Rieslings - sweet and dry -  is a wine lifestyle experience not to be missed.

To get an idea about this tour, please read and look at the pictures: This article is a summary of last year’s tour.

For all details on the 2016 tour, please go to: There also is a pricing and registration page on the website.

Picture: Manfred Pruem, Weingut JJ Pruem and Annette Schiller, see: JJ Pruem Goes Supermarket: Meeting Katharina Pruem and Tasting the Incredible JJ Pruem Wines at Wegmans

Picture: Wine Tavern Spitzhäuschen in Bernkastel Kues

The second Wine Tour in 2016 goes to Germany’s wine regions east of the Rhine river, also the cradle of German intellect and culture: Saale-Unstrut, Saxony, Franken, Württemberg (May 12 - May 20).

We will visit 16 top-rated wineries and get to know other grape varietals besides the iconic Riesling, delve deep European history when meeting the descendants of the former Kings of Württemberg and the Prince zur Lippe, hear eye-witness accounts of winemakers having lived the transition from GDR to the unified Germany, will see spectacular historic sites, such as the Green Vault in Dresden, and the Rococo Residence in Würzburg, experience world-class Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris in Saale-Unstrut and Saxony, wonderful Silvaner in Franken, and stunning Reds in Württemberg. The "Swabian red wine revolution" has been talked about recently in the US in papers such as the SF Chronicles, NY Times, and Wall Street Journal. We will attend world-class performances at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and at the Semper Opera in Dresden.

To get an idea about this tour, please read and look at the pictures: This article is a summary of last year’s tour.

For all details on the 2016 tour, please go to: There also is a pricing and registration page on the website.

Picture: Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Herzog von Württemberg at Schloss Monrepos with Owner Duke Michael of Württemberg and Winemaker Moriz Just

Picture: Dinner with Georg Prinz zur Lippe at the Lippe'sche Gutshaus

Picture: Alte Mainbrücke in Würzburg

The third Wine Tour in 2016 goes to Burgundy and Champagne (May 26 - June 05).

During this tour we travel from Lyon, the world’s capital of good food to Reims, the world’s capital of Champagne. We start in Lyon with a performance at the famous Lyon Opera house. We will then visit top domaines all sub regions, starting with the Beaujolais, moving up north to the Mâconnais, the Côte Chalonnaise, Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Chablis, and crossing into the Champagne region. We will explore the concept of “climate”, similar to the “terroir” concept in Germany and will enjoy meals at top restaurants including Paul Bocuse in Collonges au Mont d’Or. Of course we also go deep into the colorful history of the Burgundy region and will visit important historic sites.

This tour is sold out! If you want to be on the list for the spring tour in 2017 (May 25 - June 04) please send me an email so that I can put your name down, and reserve a slot for you (first come, first served)

For details on the 2016 tour (the 2017 tour will be similar), please go to:

Picture: Annette Schiller in Gevry-Chambertin, Bourgogne

Picture: At Domaine Faiveley in Nuits St. Georges

Picture: Le Bistrot du Coin Place Ziem in Beaune, Bourgogne

Feel free to contact my by email ( or by phone: {US: (703) 459 7513};  {Europe: 0049 177 337 0281} at any time for further questions. Please note that I only take 10 people on these tours so that the experience remains very personal and to have access to famous wineries / domaines.

Looking forward to hearing from you and to meeting some of you on the 2016 tours.




In the fall, I have scheduled 2 tours: Bordeaux (which is almost sold out) and Germany-South/ Alsace. See: Announcement: 5 Exciting ombiasy WineTours in 2016 - BURGUNDY BORDEAUX GERMANY

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