The Palatinate region ranks alongside the Moselle as the largest producer of Riesling in the world with around 5,000 hectares devoted to the grape. It is also the biggest red wine region in Germany since 40% of the vineyards are planted with red grapes.
3,000 wine-growing families work hard to tend to the vineyards. Half of the family-run vineyards produce their own wines and sell them directly, meaning that there is no end of opportunities for a wine-tasting session in the Palatinate region.
The best way to explore the Palatinate wine-growing region is along the German Wine Route, the oldest tourist-orientated wine route of its kind in the whole world. Cycle paths and hiking trails along the way provide the perfect chance to explore the wine region between the Palatinate Forest and the Rhine on foot or on a bike.
Main grape varieties: Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, Silvaner, white Burgundy and Pinot Gris