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03.11.2017

GNTB 2018 Marketing Theme – “Culinary Germany” – Wine

Photo: A glass of Riesling? © Dr. Patrick Patridge

Germany is the tenth largest wine-producing country in the world. German wines are light, lively and fruity thanks to the unique climatic and geological conditions in Germany's thirteen wine-growing regions. Coach groups can explore the vine-covered slopes of the rivers Mosel, Saar, Ruwer, Saale, Elbe, Nahe, Rhine and Ahr, and the gentle rolling vineyard hills of the Palatinate, Hessische Bergstrasse, Franconia, Baden and Württemberg – by foot, by bicycle or by tractor-drawn trailer, tasting wines with the wine growers, learning how the grapes are pressed.

And there are plenty of opportunities to do so since Germany has over 1,000 square kilometers of vineyards in its designated wine growing regions, which are among the most northerly in the world. German white wines are produced mainly from Riesling and Rivaner grape varieties. White wine accounts for almost two thirds of the total. For German red wines Spätburgunder or Pinot Noir and Dornfelder are the most popular varieties. Some of the red grapes are also used to produce rosé. Total annual German wine production is around 8.5 million hectoliters, corresponding to around 1.2 billion bottles.

There is no better place for groups to sample and enjoy German wines than in the landscapes and regions where they are produced and with the people who produce them. Moreover, there is certainly no better way of you getting to know wine growers and Germans in person than sitting down with them on a bench at one of the thousand or so wine festivals over a glass or two of either wine or grape juice mixed with mineral water on long wooden tables and learning to speak some words of German or even dialects of the same.
 
Most German wine festivals occur in the summer and autumn when the countryside is brimming with activity and full of colour. They feature Wine Queens (‘Weinkönigin’), harvest parades, live music, dancing, fireworks and regional delicacies such as ‘Winzersuppe’ (sausage & vegetable soup) and ‘Zwiebelkuchen’ (onion cake). Here is a final tip for German wine lovers:  ‘Straußwirtschaften’ – seasonally-opened wine restaurants in the Palatinate, Rheinhessen and Rheingau where wine growers sell and serve their own wine along with a variety of simple but delicious cheeses, breads, soups and sausages. Your tour guides will know when a Straußwirtschaft is open by the vine branch, wreath and / or broom placed at the outside entrance.

Further information: http://www.germany.travel/en/towns-cities-culture/food-drink/food-drink.html

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