Germany Wine Festivals

Germany Wine Deidesheim Weinstube
 

The first drink to come to mind when I mention Germany probably isn’t wine, but the country is filled with vineyards and has a long history of wine production. The oldest winery in Germany is the Vereinigte Hospitien in Trier, and the wine cellar can be traced as far back as 330 AD during the Roman Empire. A wine tour through Germany is always a good idea, but planning your trip around these German wine festivals is a great idea.

To start planning your wine itinerary, look to the western areas of Germany along the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Starting near Cologne and moving south along the Rhine toward Switzerland, these wine-growing regions are particularly productive. The world-renowned German Rieslings are produced here, but you’ll find plenty of other wine varieties in Germany with red pinot noir, sparkling Sekt, and even rosé.

For many years, I thought Riesling was a sweet wine, but oh how wrong I was. While there are sweet Reisling wines, like the high sugar concentration of Eiswein — when the grapes are left to freeze on the vine and then pressed while they’re frozen — German wines also deliver some bone dry Rieslings. If you’re not a fan of sweet wines (we aren’t either), then look for the word “Trocken” on the bottle, or find the ABV (alcohol by volume) and look for wines at 12% or higher.
 

Germany Rhine River Vineyards
 

Germany even has its own wine road, the Deutsche Weinstraße, in the Palatinate region that winds 53 miles through villages, vineyards, and wineries. You can visit this area outside of the festival season and still enjoy a taste of German wines. Remember that drinking and driving laws are very strict, so if you’re on a road trip through Germany, have a designated driver.
Each year on the last Sunday in August, the route is closed to auto traffic for German Wine Route Day and is only open to foot traffic and cyclists to enjoy the wine bars and fairs along the way.
 

‘Federweisser’ or ‘Neuwein’ is new wine is made from grapes recently harvested and is just beginning the fermentation process. The flavor is very fruity, a little fizzy, low in alcohol, and you have to drink it there. There’s no way to transport it because the fermentation process is active, and bottles would explode. Enjoy a glass of ‘Neuwein’ with Zwiebelkuchen – a traditional onion tart.

Most wine festivals kick up around the time of the grape harvest, so if you want to join a bunch of wine celebrations, you’ll need to schedule your Germany trip at the end of August into early September. There’s nothing wrong with planning an entire trip around a specific interest, and if that interest is wine, let me know. I might go with you.

 

Germany Rhine River Vineyards and sunlight
 
If wine is your thing, before you decide on your travel dates, take a look at some of the wine festivals happening in Germany, and plan your itinerary to visit a wine festival or two.
 

Germany Wine Festivals
— JUNE —

St. Albansfest

Bodenheim, Germany
Early June

 

Germany Wine Festivals
— JULY —

Freiburger Weinfest

Freiburg, Germany
Early July

 

Germany Wine Festivals
— AUGUST —

Rheingau Wine Fest

Wiesbaden, Germany
Mid-August

Cochem Wine Fest

Cochem, Germany
Last weekend of August

Mainzer Weinmarkt

Mainz, Germany
End of August into the beginning of September

Oechsle Fest

Pforzheim, Germany
End of August into the beginning of September

Stuttgarter Weindorf

Stuttgart, Germany
End of August into the beginning of September

 

Germany Wine Festivals
— SEPTEMBER —

Heilbronn Weindorf

Heilbronn, Germany
Early September

Rheingau Wine Garden

Frankfurt, Germany
Early September

Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt

Bad Dürkheim, Germany
Mid-September
*The world’s largest wine festival with over 600,000 visitors per year. The wine festival is held annually on the second and third weekend of September in Bad Dürkheim. The first Wurstmarkt – under a different name – was held in the year 1417.

Bodensee Weinfest

Meersburg, Germany
Mid-September

Billigheimer Purzelmarkt

Billigheim, Germany
Late September

Deutsches Weinlesefest

Neustadt, Germany
Late September /

 

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