Germany Wine Festivals

Love wine? Then let’s plan your itinerary to include 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 a traditional onion tart called Zwiebelkuchen, or with my favorite, flammkuchen – a flatbread with caramelized onions and speck.
federweisser wine, flammkucken

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.

If you want to have a more in-depth wine experience, consider hiring a professional wine guide for a private wine tour of the German wine regions.

German wine labels can be difficult to understand, but this helpful guide will get you started.


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
wine glasses cheers


Germany Wine Festivals
— JULY —

Freiburger Weinfest
Freiburg, Germany
Early July
vineyards, Ehrenstetten, Freiburg, Germany


Germany Wine Festivals

Rheingau Wine Fest
Wiesbaden, Germany
Rüdesheim, Germany, village signs


Cochem Wine Fest
Cochem, Germany
Last weekend of August
Cochem castle vineyards

Mainzer Weinmarkt
Mainz, Germany
End of August into the beginning of September
wooden wine crates

Oechsle Fest
Pforzheim, Germany
End of August into the beginning of September
Baden-Württemberg, Kaiserstuhl

Stuttgarter Weindorf
Stuttgart, Germany
End of August into the beginning of September
Stuttgart wine festival


Germany Wine Festivals

Heilbronn Weindorf
Heilbronn, Germany
Early September

Rheingau Wine Garden
Frankfurt, Germany
Early September
Rheingau wine region

Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt
Bad Dürkheim, Germany
*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.
Bad Durkheim, large wine barrel, restaurant

Billigheimer Purzelmarkt
Billigheim, Germany
Late September

Deutsches Weinlesefest
Neustadt, Germany
Late September / Early October
wine pouring from bottle in vineyard


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