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An A to Z of wine-growing regions
The Baden wine region, Achkarren in the Kaiserstuhl mountains

The Baden region produces top-quality wines

Baden is a remarkable wine region. Shielded by the Odenwald hills and the Black Forest on one side and the Vosges mountains on the other, it enjoys the sunniest and warmest climate in Germany, with temperatures that are almost mediterranean. This balmy climate and fertile soil have given rise to some of the best vineyards in Europe. Outstanding wines, delicious food and a warm welcome are the hallmarks of the Baden experience. The region is a magnet for those with refined tastes.

Regional characteristics

Area under vine and grape varieties

Soil types

Climate

Growers and cooperatives

Character

Highlights from the wine region

The Baden Asparagus Route certainly lives up to its name, as seasoned connoisseurs are well aware, and it now has mecca status for the asparagus elite. The route and its accompanying cycle route is an immersive experience from beginning to end. Covering almost 136 km, the route runs from the asparagus-producing town of Schwetzingen via Reilingen, Karlsruhe and Rastatt to Scherzheim.

Asparagus season is as eagerly awaited by food lovers as the new crop of sweet, juicy strawberries is by strawberry pickers. The French Sun King, Louis XIV, loved asparagus way back in the 17th century and when Charles Theodore, the Elector of Palatine, developed a taste for it around 1650, he ordered that the royal vegetable be cultivated in what are now the castle gardens of his summer residence Schwetzingen Palace.. From this point, asparagus became gradually more widespread in the courtly cuisine and neighbouring principalities of the 18th century.

Useful facts

By the Middle Ages, asparagus was sought after as a cure for gout and in more recent years, it was also recognised as an extremely healthy vegetable known for its stress-relieving properties. Today an "asparagus treatment" or Spargelkur is one of the most pleasant medicines money can buy.

A culinary vow

White spears of asparagus start to sprout from around the middle of April to 24 June and visitors can watch asparagus growers harvest the vegetable or even help. Lively asparagus festivals are also held in towns along both sides of the route where you can try the delicious dishes made from freshly harvested asparagus served up in local bars and taverns. The many nicknames for asparagus – royal vegetable, spears of spring air, edible ivory – are a testament to the fascination that it continues to inspire amongst lovers of fine foods.

Asparagus and wine

Whether white, green or light purple in colour, springtime meals would just not be the same without asparagus and a glass of fine wine. This is where local Baden wine comes in. With a bouquet ideally suited to asparagus, the two are a match made in heaven. Who ever would have thought that asparagus and wine would go so well together? Whether you come for the asparagus season or the wine harvest, the Baden Asparagus Route has plenty to offer throughout the year.

Creative, regional food is served in the old restaurant with its tiled wood-burning stove or in the wood-panelled Tomi Ungerer room with its coffered ceiling. The menu is seasonal and dishes are prepared using the best the Black Forest has to offer, such as top-quality game and fabulous wines from the Kaiserstuhl hills, and the Ortenau and Markgräflerland regions. The hotel's own cheese dairy is a special attraction.

The welcoming hotel features a lovingly restored Black Forest farmhouse, a spacious spa area and a restaurant with an excellent wine list that has been awarded a Michelin star every year since 1966. Leave all your cares behind and enjoy a relaxing break incorporating health and fitness, indulgent treats, romance or active pursuits.

Located on the edge of the Freiburg old quarter, this five-star luxury hotel is an ideal base for strolling around town or for trips to the Black Forest, the Kaiserstuhl hills or the Markgräflerland region. Its multi-award-winning gourmet restaurant carries more than 500 wines and offers a diner oenologique, during which each course is accompanied by up to three different wines.

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