Germany top five: Vineyards
Lush green hills peppered with grape vines that boasts the most stunning views of German towns is the best way to enjoy the grape juice for adults — wine. Whether it be white or red, dry or sweet, there’s no better way to enjoy a refreshing glass of wine than by traipsing to these five picturesque vineyards.
Bernkastel-Kues is not only known for their charming Christmas market but also their striking vineyards. Located in the middle of the Mosel, this wine-growing area is known as the “international city of vine and wine” due to the many guests who flock here from all over the world to delight in all sorts of home-grown wine. Green, vineyard-lined slopes dominate the landscape with the view of the Mosel River separating the town and vines. To create the perfect day trip, be sure to book a river cruise, visit the Mosel Wein Museum and of course, sample 160 varieties of wine at the basement of a former St. Nikolaus Hospital, which is now a popular vinothek (wine shop).
Famous for the Porta Nigra and the Karl Marx House, Trier also presents itself as having one of the best wine cultures, especially when it comes to Riesling. Belonging to the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region, this large wine grower of a town possesses a mild climate with perfect soil that is ideal for producing the delicious wine we can’t get enough of. If weather permits, it’s best to partake in the Trier Wine Culture Trail where an hour of walking through the wine village of Olewig will teach you everything you need to know about this grownup drink. However, for those who are curious to see Germany’s oldest wine cellar, take the Wine Cellar Tour for Explorers.
Situated in the Elbe Valley, you’ll find Meißen, Germany’s smallest wine-growing area in the region of Saxony. Though it may be small, the level of luxury makes up for its size. Remnants of its grandeur past can be seen in the churches and wine estates as Saxony’s aristocrats were responsible for the vineyards. Since this area is known for its royal past, be sure to participate in the Saxon Wine Route, which leads you to the gorgeous parts of the Elbe Valley and will teach you to be a wine connoisseur.
Rüdesheim am Rhein
For fans of Riesling — white wine that’s either dry or sweet made from the Riesling grape — a stop at Rüdesheim is a much-needed escape. This town that sits on the Rhine River is home to many vineyard sites to include Rosengarten, Bischofsberg Kirchenpfad and Berg Schlossberg and produces tasty and refreshing white wine. A cable car provides scenic views over the Rhine Valley, while the Rheingau Wine Museum is an excellent way to gain insight of wine production. The beautiful location of Rüdesheim also allows you access to several stunning castles, so booking a river cruise is best.
The Ahr Valley, named after the left tributary Ahr in the Rhine, is a romantic spot for hiking, cycling and clinking wine glasses with wonderful company. The quaint villages of Althenar, Rech, Mayschoss, Dernau and Walporzheim are dotted with half-timbered houses and steep, terraced vineyards. This valley is ideal for celebrating all things wine, especially when it comes to their wine festivals, which not only houses the best wines in the region, but is also a foodie’s haven with their traditional zwiebelkuchen, (onion tart) and other local favorites.
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