Not far from Frankfurt lies the Rheingau, an idyllic winegrowing region in Hessen. The vintners of the Rheingau have a long-established reputation as suppliers of premium vintages – a reputation that opened doors to all the grand families of the aristocracy. The region's many wine festivals are a favourite with connoisseurs, attracted by the promise of exceptional rieslings and pinot noirs in particular. To counteract the indulgences of the festivals, the Rheinsteig trail and the Rhine Cycle Route offer more energetic ways of discovering the picturesque vineyards of the Rheingau.
Don't forget, Germany boasts a further twelve incredible winegrowing regions – each with their own distinctive wines, culinary specialities and scenery.