Rhineland-Palatinate: drinking with the winemakers themselves

Romantic castles, happy people, dormant volcanoes, beautiful valleys and noble wine: that and much more is Rhineland-Palatinate.

© Deutsches Weininstitut GmbH

With the six wine regions of Palatinate, Rhine-Hessen, Nahe, Ahr, Mosel and the Middle-Rjin applies Rhineland-Palatinate as a true wijnparadijs. At the vineyard in a cozy circle for a drink or the diversity of the wines to discover at the place where they ripen? That can in Rhineland-Palatinate, the largest wine producer of Germany.

Two of the thirteen wine-growing regions that Germany is rich, are on the Unesco list of world heritage sites: Upper middle rhine valley, which also contains the famous Loreley rock is situated, and Rheinhessen, the largest wine region of Germany. They are both in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

In this region is every year during the wijnoogstfeest the German wine queen is crowned. Since 1950 represent these young women, the German wines a year worldwide – and until now there is still no wine queen and who Lorelei was.

Cochem © Dominik Ketz, Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH

Wijndrinken with the winemaker himself

When there above the door of a wine-a wreath is made, it means that the wine grower are ‘Straußwirtschaft’ has opened to him, wine can be drunk. Four months each year, winemakers with their own wine, namely, on the spot, donate and sell.

In Rhineland-Palatinate is this use, that twelve centuries ago in the time of Charles the Great was introduced, all equally popular with the locals as with the tourists. In the wine be there in addition to a sausage – or cheese platter also like regional specialties eaten as is ‘Handkäs mit Musik’ on the Moselle ‘Spundekäs’ in Rheinhessen or varkenspens (Palatinate Saumagen) in Rhineland-Palatinate.

And parties but

Since the middle ages, everything revolves in september in the vineyards to the grape harvest and associated feasts. And that is certainly true for Rhineland-Palatinate. The villages are decorated and both the local residents and tourists sit at long tables in the outdoor to merge the grape harvest to celebrate.

© Jens Wegener, Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V.

Not only can you taste the most delicious young wines: the wines are always delicious snacks from the region served. You can also participate in a tour at a winery or a walk between the vines.

One of the festive highlights in Rhineland-Palatinate is the wijnoogstfeest in Neustadt, between 29 september and 9 October with a wonderful parade of vintners.

Mainz: wine queen of Germany

Mainz is the largest city in the Rhineland-Palatinate and is except university city, city of the Romans, and a carnival also the wine queen of Germany.

During the day the cityscape is determined by the more than thousand-year old Mainzer Dom, the imposing cathedral which towers above the city. Around it are winding, medieval streets where it is always crowded.

But in the evening makes Mainz a reputation as a wine queen is really true. The young generation of winemakers in the wine region of Rheinhessen proves with each year again that she is capable of extraordinary performance. Their products consume the people of Mainz like to be in the cosy wine taverns and cafes in the city centre, with faith-related names such as ‘Klingelbeutel’ (collectezak) and ‘Beichtstuhl’ (confessional).

Mainz Rheinufer © Francesco Carovillano, Deutsche Zentrale für Tourismus e.V.

The wine market is one of the three major festivals that the city has. When in 1946 for the first time after the war was held, treated the French occupation, the inhabitants of Mainz on 100,000 liters of wine, a grand gesture of reconciliation and friendship.

The other two big parties were on the Rhine, otherwise the carnival, and four days long at the end of the month of June, the Johannisnacht, a fantastic cultuurfeest that was originally held in honour of Johannes Gutenberg, but now a colourful mix of music, old customs, art and food stalls with food and – of course – wine.

The speciality of the Rhineland-Palatinate: Palatinate Saumagen

A must in Rhineland-Palatinate is the famous ” Palatinate Saumagen, a dish of the bellypiece of the pig. Also Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher have this together with Helmut Kohl eaten.

Palatinate Saumagen © GNTB

Originally it is a dish born of poverty. People wanted no part of the pig’s disposal and therefore used them to fill the stomach with potatoes and sauerkraut.

Meanwhile, the Saumagen become a delicacy that is also his place has conquered the nouvelle cuisine. The traditional food is still eaten, but depending on the season, there are now many variants: with wild garlic, truffle sauce, chanterelle mushrooms, fresh herbs….

Watch in this video what are the culinary possibilities of the Palatinate Saumagen all offers and try to make it yourself using this recipe.

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