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An A to Z of wine-growing regions
The Palatinate wine region, view from Kalmitwingert near Ilbesheim

The Palatinate wine region: top for riesling

The easiest and most breathtaking way to explore the Palatinate wine region is along the German Wine Route. Geared towards visitors, the scenic route links numerous towns and villages associated with wine between Bockenheim in the north and Schweigen on the French border. It is the oldest route of its kind in the world, and cycle and walking trail versions of the German Wine Route allow you to explore the vineyards between the Palatinate Forest and the Rhine on foot or by bike.

Regional characteristics

Area under vine and grape varieties

Soil types


Growers and cooperatives


Highlights from the wine region

Cycling is as good for the body and soul as fresh vegetables and fruit. Even a glass of wine or two is said to benefit your health. Our route through the sunny Palatinate region gives you plenty of opportunity to enjoy all of these wonderful things.

The route guides you through one of the largest wine regions in Germany, where vineyards drape the terraced slopes between the foothills of the Palatinate Forest and the Rhinland Plain. Prepare yourself for ups and downs interspersed with the occasional steep climb. Rewards come in the form of taverns and wineries where you can sample the excellent local wines, which include rieslings, pinot blancs and dornfelders. They are all perfect complements to the regional cuisine, which ranges from hearty fare to gourmet dishes. The weather is good, too: the Palatinate region enjoys around 1,800 hours of sun every year. Shade can be sought in the Palatinate Forest nature reserve – one of Germany’s largest single expanses of woodland.

Terrain: asphalt for most of its length, the route runs through countryside that is hilly at times, with some steep climbs to negotiate along the panorama routes; not always traffic-free.

Scenery: second-largest wine region in Germany, foothills of the Palatinate Forest, woodland, wine villages.

The Romans are to blame as it was they who brought wine to the Palatinate. We, however, have brought it the German Wine Route. The 85 km route has wound its way through the Palatinate from the German Wine Gate on the French border in the district of Schweigen-Rechtenbach to Bockenheim in the north of Germany since 1935.

The easterly location of the exceptional riesling producing region of the Palatinate delivers on its promises: the weather and climate here are particularly favourable. Visitors here are greeted by a veritable Garden of Eden, a place where almond trees blossom pink in spring, where kiwis, figs and lemons flourish in summer and mighty oleander bushes fill the farms and gardens, and where in autumn a sun-kissed, aromatic sea of vines cries out to be harvested and delicious Rhineland Palatinate cuisine comes into its own.

Worlds of wine

The German Wine Route was not made for running, not just because of the narrow streets of the region's wine-growing villages and the sloping roads of the vineyards, but because you can be brought to a stop at any point along the route by a winetasting session. Wonderful wines from renowned makers can be sampled out in the arbors, on the side of the road, in tasting rooms and numerous wine bars along the way. In this charming sunny corner of Germany's largest wine-growing region, the grapes are truly in full-flow, the god Dionysus reigns supreme and the Palatinate's star riesling, pinot grigio and dornfelder wine offer the highest of drinking pleasure.

A region with wow factor

The Dürkheim Barrel (Dürkheimer Weinfass) is a key tourist spot. With a volume of 1.7 million litres and space for around 650 people, it is the largest barrel in the world and is today a tavern which offers wine tasting sessions and a range of culinary delights. The list of wine festivals held along the route is almost as long as the route itself and includes the blooming of the almond trees (Mandelblütenfest) festival in spring, the world's largest wine festival, the Wurstmarkt, the grape harvest festival in Neustadt which features a selection of German wine superstars and the end of autumn festival (Herbstabschlussfest) that is held in Schweigen-Rechtenbach in October.

An indulgently immersive experience

Wine is considered the elixir of life in the land of the vineyards and a celebration would just not be the same without it. It therefore plays a key role in festivals, no matter the size. The German Wine Route can be experienced in either direction, of course, so it's ideally suited to repeat visits. But, of course, anyone who's been here before knows that already!

Ketschauer Hof, the former winemaker's residence at the renowned wine estate of privy councillor Dr von Bassermann-Jordan is in a class of its own when it comes to fine food and wine. The complex consists of a gourmet restaurant, wine bistro and boutique hotel. Luxurious suites, exquisite double rooms and the magnificent Von Bassermann suite provide an inimitable fusion of classic elegance and timeless modernity.

A welcoming, privately-run hotel with a special feel where relaxation is guaranteed. Sophisticated cuisine and fine wines are served in the restaurant with wonderful views from the terrace, while typical Palatinate fare is available in rustic Sesel Inn. Relax or recharge your batteries in the hotel's fitness and beauty suite - just make yourself at home.
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The German Grape Harvest Festival in Neustadt an der Weinstraße is the highlight of the German wine season with the largest wine festival parade, the election of the German  and Palatine wine queens and the w.i.n.e.FESTival taking place at the same time.

Royal anniversaries in Neustadt a. d. W. : On September 28th the 70th German Wine Queen will be elected in Neustadt's magnificent Saalbau Hall. And at the same place, only a few days later, also the now 80th Palatinate Wine Queen. The two new wine sovereigns will then be celebrated on October 14th at Germany's largest wine festival parade on their float. More than 100 other "Royals" from the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region will also join them this year. The highlights of the Grape Harvest festival, which takes place almost simultaneously with the equally popular w. i. n. e. FESTival include: the rustic Palatinate winegrower village "Die Haiselscher" in front of the hall, the colourful fair and the historic Bon Vivant Palace of Mirrors with the Mediterranean Garden on Hetzelplatz. Among the top events of the w. i. n. e. FESTival are: Sparkling Wine-Day - a day of sparkling wines on the national holiday, the young winemaker matinée, the Pinot Noir tasting with fine wines from all over the world, the special event Barolo and Riesling - great wine legends of the terroir in comparison.

Upcoming dates:

03.10.2019 - 13.10.2019


Hetzelstraße 1
67433 Neustadt an der Weinstraße

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.


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