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Sep 18, 2017

Ancient traditions alive and well at wine festivals in Germany

Embrace a custom that dates back to the Middle Ages: celebrate the delights of Riesling and Rivaner in a landscape shaped by winegrowing traditions.

It's that time of year again – as the summer season draws to a close, wine festival season begins. A time when towns and villages in Germany's 13 winegrowing regions hang out the bunting and celebrate the grape harvest, wine, life and humanity. It's a wonderful opportunity to honour the centuries-old German tradition of winemaking. Long tables laid out in rows under open skies add to the sociable atmosphere. There'll also be culinary delights to soak up the local wine, with plenty of farmers and regional producers selling their goods. Some of the vineyards also open up their estates, offering visitors the opportunity to see their craft and their crop up close on guided tours and walks.

Small parties and big parades

You'll find wine-themed events of every kind in Germany, from small-scale celebrations set within the vineyards to region-wide wine festivals. The Autumn Wine Festival in Radebeul, Saxony, takes place from 29 September to 1 October 2017, with lots of cosy wine gardens and quaint little wine taverns where you can while away the hours. Schwabmünchen Wine Festival, held in the area around Augsburg on 22 October, is one of the later festivals in the season. There's also the German Grape Harvest Festival in Neustadt from 29 September to 9 October – its grand procession of winemakers makes it a much-loved highlight on the Palatinate calendar. For more information on events celebrating Germany's old-established winemaking traditions, click here.