Tuesday, November 15, 2022

ombiasy WineTours: Wine Tour Schedule 2023 - Austria, Germany/East, Burgundy/ Champagne, Germany/ North

Hello wine friends,

It was such a pleasure to travel with other wine aficionados to the Rhône, Bordeaux, the Southern German wine regions and Alsace this year after having been in travel hiatus during the two Covid years.

I would like to give you a heads up of the wine tour schedule in 2023 so that you can plan ahead.

AUSTRIA: Sunday, May 28 - Thursday June 08, 2023 - The tour starts and ends in Vienna.

During this wine tour we discover an often overlooked European wine region and one of the world’s best kept secrets of ultra-premium wine production. We start the tour in Imperial Vienna and will discover that Vienna is not only the breathtakingly beautiful capital of Austria, but also a wine region that is famous for its “Heurige” and “Gemischter Satz” (field blend). We then travel to the easternmost wine region - the Burgenland - where more and more red wine is produced and where the late-ripening “Blaufränkisch” grape is king in some appellations. The southernmost wine region - Styria – is a mountain region. The vineyards in this magnificent, hilly landscape alternate with forests, idyllic orchards, and flower meadows. We finish the tour with a visit to the romantic Lower Austria wine region where we do an in-depth exploration of Austria’s most widespread variety “Grüner Veltliner”.

GERMANY- the easternmost wine regions: Monday, June 19 - Thursday, June 19, 2023 - The tour starts in Berlin and ends in Frankfurt.

Discover Germany’s wine regions east of Frankfurt and Germany’s intellectual and cultural cradle in “Mitteldeutschland”. Spend ten days touring the Saale-Unstrut, Sachsen, Württemberg, and Franken wine regions, discover the phenomenal red wines of Germany, in particular Lemberger and Pinot Noir that gain more and more international recognition, as well as Württembergs great Rieslings, so different from the Rheingau and Mosel Rieslings. Discover Franken’s signature grape, Silvaner. Find out that Saale-Unstrut and Sachsen, the wine regions in the former GDR, produce outstanding wines and learn about the transition from a divided Germany to a unified country. Attend performances at the world-renowned concert and opera houses, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and the Semper Opera in Dresden.

BURGUNDY / CHAMPAGNE: Friday, July 07 - Tuesday, July 18, 2023: The tour starts in Lyon and ends in Paris.

What comes to your mind, when you hear ‘Burgundy’? First class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; Côte d’Or; Puligny-Montrachet; ancient history; world-renowned vineyards; Cistercian monks; 1000 year old abbeys; quaint small wine villages; the Hospice de Beaune; good cuisine. Yes, we do all this starting in vibrant Lyon, France’s second largest city, and the world’s culinary center. One stop in the Beaujolais region on our way from Lyon to Burgundy shows you that the Gamay grape can produce very good wines. Just north of Chablis we cross into the Champagne region, and we will spend the last two night in the world's capital of bubblies - Épernay. In Paris we have a farewell lunch before we all head into different directions.

GERMANY: the classic Rhein and Mosel regions: Tuesday, September 05 - Thursday, September 14, 2023

We travel along the main wine arteries of Germany: the Rhine river, the Mosel river, and the much smaller Ahr and Nahe rivers. Roman, medieval, and modern history accompany us all the way and will help us to understand what German wine is all about. The beauty of the landscape, the steep vineyards, the romantic Rhine valley, the quaint villages, the stories behind the wineries and their families, and the gorgeous wines we will taste at world-renowned estates will give us a renewed understanding of German wines. This is Riesling country and the spot on the planet where the Riesling grape developed tausend years ago, and subsequently morphed into the best white wine grape for producing crisp, fruity, elegant, delicious wines. There is one exception: the tiny Ahr valley where Pinot Noir always was and still is king. If you are a Riesling fan, this is the ultimate tour for you.

If you want to know more about the tours, please contact me by my US phone number or by email. Or by what’s app on my German phone number. I am more than happy to tell you everything you need to know and to send you the itinerary. 

Please check the website for updates (my web guy is terribly busy right now and the site is not yet up to date - I apologize for that). 

Also: there are several people very interested in some of the tours, so please let me know asap if you are serious about coming along. I can send you a bill for the deposit and by paying the deposit your spot is guaranteed. 

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and good wines to accompany the turkey.


Wine Tours - Wine Events - Wine Education
Annette Schiller, Diplom-Volkswirt
Washington DC - Frankfurt am Main
USA: +1 703 459 7513
GER: +49 -177 337 0281

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