Monday, March 11, 2013

Ombiasy Wine Tours: Wine and Culture Tour to Germany Coming up in August 2013

Pictures: Annette Schiller, Clemens Busch, Christian G.E. Schiller and Helmut Doennhoff

Led by Annette Schiller and Christian Schiller, a Wine and Culture Trip to Germany is coming up, August 22 - 30, 2013, organized by Annette Schiller (Ombiasy Wine Tours).

Pictures: The wine taverns Spitzhaeuschen in Bernkastel-Kues and Weinhaus Bluhm in Mainz

Wining in Bernkastel-Kues in the Mosel Valley: Wine Tavern “Spitzhaeuschen”, Germany
Schiller’s Favorite Wine Taverns in Mainz, Germany
Weinhaus Bluhm in Mainz: A Cosy and Basic Wine Tavern Serving World Class Wines from Germany

For 9 days, we will explore seven out of the thirteen wine regions and several cultural highlights in Germany: the Saale-Unstrut wine region in the former GDR, Weimar, cradle of German intellectual thinking, the Wartburg where Martin Luther spend his years hiding from the Roman Catholic Church, the Rheingau with its pristine vineyards and quaint medieval villages, the Basilica in Kiedrich where still today Gregorian chants are sung, the romantic Rhine river and its castle-ribboned banks, world-renowned wineries in the Mosel valley with its dizzying steep vineyards, the beautiful, peaceful Nahe valley, the biggest wine barrel in the world, the upcoming young ambitious winemakers in Rheinhessen, the one thousand year old city of Mainz, one of the nine wine capitals of the world.

Pictures: Annette Schiller, Christian G.E. Schiller, Ernst Loosen Bernhard Pawis

We will visit 14 wineries, taste fabulous wines, share wine pairing meals with the proprietors of top wine producing estates and will have fantastic meals at great restaurants and historical places.

Germany with its roughly 250,000 acres under vine belongs today to one of the smaller wine producing countries in the world. However viticulture in Germany has a long tradition going back to Roman times 2,000 years ago. In the 15th century the area under vine was four times larger than it is today. Wars, subsequently loss of territory, diseases, overproduction, and competition from beer brewing resulted in land turned over to other agricultural use.

Pictures: Annette and Christian Schiller in the Saale-Unstrut and Mosel Valleys

In the 19th century, technological progress fostered improvement of quality and the prestige of German wines, in particular from the Mosel, Rheingau, and Pfalz region resulted in prices above those for first growth Bordeaux wines. Today, all thirteen wine regions in Germany produce outstanding wines, with Rieslings and Pinot Noirs in the top league.

Join us for an unforgettable journey!


The price for this 9 day / 8 night trip is $ 2989 / per person, double occupancy. Single occupancy supplement is $ 430. Tour starts and ends in the city of Frankfurt am Main.

In Short

• 8 nights hotel accommodation: 7 nights in 4-star hotels, 1 night in a 3-star hotel.
• 8 breakfast buffets.
• Travel in the wine region by luxury air-conditioned motor coach.
• 7 lunches and dinners at excellent restaurants and historic places.
• 6 wine pairing lunches and dinners at various wine producing estates guided by the owners / winemakers.
• Visits of and tastings at 14 top wineries (10 belong to the VDP, Germany’s elite winemakers association).
• The opportunity to meet with many of the winery owners and winemakers.
• 2 guided city tours and sightseeing tours of spectacular historic and cultural sites.
• 1 cruise on the Rhine river.

Pictures: The 1000 years old Cathedral of Mainz in Rheinhessen and the Abbey of Eberbach in the Rheingau.

The Winemakers we will Visit


Weingut Pawis (VDP)
Rotkaeppchen-Mumm Sekt Kellerei
Thueringer Weingut Stadt Bad Sulza


Weingut Balthasar Ress (VDP)
Weingut Robert Weil (VDP)
Weingut Peter Jakob Kuehn (VDP)
Weingut Breuer (ex-VDP)


Weingut Clemens Busch (VDP)
Weingut Joh. Jos. Christopffel Erben (VDP) and Weingut Moenchof - Robert Eymael
Weingut Dr. Loosen (VDP)


Weingut Kruger-Rumpf (VDP)
Weingut H. Doennhoff (VDP)


Weingut Fitz-Ritter (VDP)


Winzerhof Thoerle
Weingut Schaetzel

Small Group led by Annette and Christian Schiller

The group will not exceed a total of 22 participants. Wine journalist/blogger Christian Schiller and professional event manager Annette Schiller, both wine connoisseurs, experienced wine region travelers, and former residents of Germany will lead the group.

Detailed information is available at the Ombiasy Wine Tours website:

Ombiasy Wine Tours

Germany 2013

Annette Schiller
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Weingut Schaetzel
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