Celebrate mom with Sekt

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

Mother’s Day in Germany is celebrated on the same day as in the U.S. which is on the second Sunday in May. This year, it's on May 13.  The coinciding date has both advantages and disadvantages. You won’t struggle to find a gorgeous bouquet in a local shop, and many local attractions geared toward families might offer mom a perk (case in point: The Zoo Kaiserslautern in Siegelbach offers mothers free entry, coffee and a slice of cake that day). Many cafes, bakeries and restaurants serve brunch, special menus and other offers for the world’s best mom. The downside of all this is, of course, you could find yourself competing for limited space at your favorite weekend oasis.
Mother’s Day in Germany coincides with a second informal holiday of sorts: Deutscher Sekttag, or German Sekt Day. The simple definition of Sekt is that it is Germany’s version of sparkling wine, much as a cava hails from Spain or a prosecco from Italy’s Veneto region. Whereas sparkling wine is the umbrella term for all wines rendered bubbly by the presence of carbon dioxide, a Sekt is made exclusively from grapes grown within Germany and prepared according to established methods. Fun fact: Germany’s annual consumption of sparkling wine, at about five liters per capita, is the highest in the world.

The German association of sparkling wine producers, known as the Verband Deutscher Sektkellereien, has been promoting its product for over two decades now by organizing open- doors activities at cellars across the land over Mother’s Day weekend.  

Should bubbles be a welcome addition to celebrations honoring the woman who gave you the world, here is a taste of options:

Eltville: On both May 12 and 13, Rotkappchen-Mumm offers cellar and garden tours, Sekt tastings, regional specialties and live music. Visit between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. May 12 or 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 13.

Stuttgart: On May 12, Rilling Sekt offers Sekt tastings from 1 p.m.-6 p.m., cellar tours every half hour from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and live music 2 p.m.-5 p.m.  

Wiesbaden: On May 12, Henkell buzzes with activity between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Cellar tours, tastings, live music, and entertainment geared toward young visitors makes this an option that not only mom but the whole family will enjoy.

For additional locations of open cellars and celebrations, check out the Deutscher Sekttag website; scroll down to the bottom of the page for an interactive map.

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