Heavenly Pfalz: A day of paradise on Germany’s oldest wine route

by Courtney Woodruff
Stripes Europe

For one day only, experience Germany’s oldest wine route, known as the Deutsche Weinstraße — or German Wine Road — as it was before the days of motorized vehicles.

On Aug. 28, roads will be closed to automobiles in celebration of the longest wine festival in the Pfalz Klingenmünster.

The route begins at the lovely Haus der Deutschen Weinstraße (House of the German Wine Street) in Bockheim, and ends at the Deutsche Weintor (German Wine Gate) in Schweigen-Rechtenbach, a beautiful French-border village. Wineries along the 85-kilometer trail will open their doors to the 250,000-300,000 hikers and cyclists expected to attend.

For 5 euros, patrons can purchase “heavenly bites,” — mouthwatering appetizers paired with flavorful wines, offered by local churches at stations along the route. Patrons collect stamps at each stop, which can be redeemed for entries in a raffle. One lucky winner will receive a dinner for two prepared by the Rev. Bernhard Braun from Deiedeshim, a winning contestant on the cooking show, “Perfect Dinner.”

Proceeds from the festival will support the Roman Catholic Diocese of Speyer; “The Pilgrim,” a weekly Catholic publication; “Leo,” a leisure magazine sponsored by the Evangelical Church of the Palatinate; and Pfalzewerke, RPR1 and financial institutions throughout the Pfalz.

Plan your day of adventure on the heavenly German Wine Road by visiting www.pfalz.de.

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