As its famous monasteries, deep cellars, old vineyard sites and countless stories testify, Germany's great tradition of winemaking started with the ancient Romans. Discover treasures such as the oldest wine in the world, Götz von Berlichingen's vineyard, the world's biggest wine barrel and many more highlights of wine culture.
Gierer winery and guesthouse: wine and wonderful scenery
This winery is situated on the sun-kissed northern shores of Lake Constance in Nonnenhorn, Bavaria. The Gierer family has been devoted to the art of winemaking for over 300 years, passing on its expertise from generation to generation. Their new vinothek unites exceptional design and regionally sourced materials, while affording visitors views of the scenic countryside outside and the wine cellar down below.
Wilhelm Kern wine estate: simple, unpretentious Württemberg wines
A modern cube, completely clad with larch wood, has been attracting the attention of onlookers in the Rems valley since 2012. With huge, largely uninterrupted surfaces and light and airy spaces, the new building at the Wilhelm Kern wine estate in Kernen-Rommelshausen, Württemberg, creates an atmosphere of quiet relaxation in which visitors can concentrate on what is important: the wines.
Wasem winery at Engelthal Abbey: style and substance
The heritage-listed buildings at Julius Wasem's wine estate in Ingelheim are home to a vinothek (with tasting rooms), a restaurant, a wine barn with an adjoining garden, and function and meeting rooms. The combination of modern architecture and the heritage-listed facades of the Cistercian Convent of Engelthal make this an exceptional setting in which to enjoy wine.
It may be unusual for a wine estate to look like a classical modernist building, but that is exactly the case in Kindenheim in the Palatinate region. The Kreutzenberger family estate was built in 1929 in the then avant-garde Bauhaus style. Despite its modernist look, this small family winery sets great store by traditional values and grows its grapes in prime locations in Kindenheim, Bockenheim and Wachenheim.
The Lubentiushof wine estate in Niederfell dates back to a winery founded in 1711 for the House of Leyen. In 1994, the estate was taken over by Andreas Barth who, as a lawyer, has come from a very different background and brought a wealth of new ideas to the business. The grapes in his vineyards thrive on the slate terraces of the Lower Moselle, where they are all picked by hand because of the steep slopes.
Iphofen vinothek: a beautiful showcase for fine wines
The ensemble of buildings at the centre of the Franconian wine village of Iphofen offers an exciting combination of traditional and modern architecture. As well as rooms for showcasing wines, the vinothek is also home to the tourist information office, a gallery for temporary exhibitions, meeting rooms and a vaulted cellar. There is also a wine bistro and farm shop.
Winery on the Würzburger Stein: uncompromisingly independent
The Winery on the Würzburger Stein is situated on sun-kissed slopes north of a bow in the river Main. The limestone soils provide the basis for Ludwig Knoll's high-quality wines, which are mainly of the silvaner and the acclaimed steinwein varieties. Knoll has been managing the estate, which has been in the family for generations, since 1991 and given it his own modern and individual style.