Wine festivals: always a reason to celebrate German wine
In vino veritas... there may be truth in wine, but it is also one of life's great pleasures! Discover Germany's wonderful wine festivals the length and breadth of the country and join the party in a picture-perfect wine village, the winding narrow streets of a quaint town, a cosy inn or a rustic wine cellar.
Stuttgart Wine Festival – Swabian joie de vivre
Stuttgart Wine Festival has lost none of its original appeal. It is not only a hit in Stuttgart , it has long been a byword and ambassador for the Swabians' love of life, well beyond the Baden-Württemberg state capital. It shows Stuttgart and the Swabian region at its best – convivial and welcoming and celebrating wine as their cultural heritage.
Heilbronner Weindorf – a traditional wine festival
The wine-making town of Heilbronn holds its traditional German wine festival around the town hall. Thirteen cooperatives and 17 wine-growing estates showcase around 300 still wines and 16 sparkling sekts. Robust reds, crisp whites and full-bodied rosés are on offer. Selected dishes accompany the top-quality wines while musical entertainment sets the tone.
The white marquees that are the hallmarks of the culinary wine walk in the Stetten vineyards can be seen from miles around on Whit weekend. Ten winegrowers and five chefs at five points along the existing Stetten wine walking trail serve fine wines from their own vineyards along with gourmet delights.
Boppard is on the romantic Rhine in the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley . Bopparder Hamm is the biggest vineyard site in the Middle Rhine wine region . The wine festival takes place in the historical setting of Boppard's medieval market square. Every autumn, winemakers and restaurateurs invite wine connoisseurs and gourmets to taste their riesling and other specialities.
More than eighty years old but still in its prime. The first Bergstrasse Vintners' Festival may have been held in Bensheim back in 1929, but it remains a firm favourite for all ages and among wine enthusiasts from the local area and beyond. South Hessen's biggest wine festival has a young, fresh and modern image – but it still retains its traditional charm.
Nordheim Food and Wine Festival, held beneath a canopy of chestnut trees, is a wine lover's delight. Visitors to the lavishly decorated marquee can sample a broad range of wines produced by Nordheim vintners and the DIVINO wine cooperative . Also featuring typical Franconian specialities and light international dishes, it is one of the highlights of the Franconian wine calendar.
The Ortenau vineyards showcase the full variety of their fine wines on the last weekend in September. The spacious setting of Offenburg market square, a host of music groups – some from neighbouring Alsace – a farmers market, barbecued food and speciality cheeses, tarte flambée and zwiebelkuchen make this a traditional wine festival with a cosmopolitan feel.
Strolling around the streets of Freiburg in a superbly atmospheric setting, visitors get to know the region and its people, enjoy the local specialities and feel inspired by the Badensian zest for life and wine. Stalls packed around Freiburg's famous landmark are full of traditional and regional specialities from wine cellar and kitchen.