This is where the westerly winds blow through the valley, bringing the fresh breeze that speaks of freedom, strength, renewal. Westwind Wines is the name of a traditional winery in the middle of Wachenheim, right on the border between the two wine regions of Rheinhessen and the Palatinate. It's aptly named indeed: In the middle of the ancient village, Thilo and Jochen Hein set a daring new building – a modern tower with a bright-green gate and a spectacular inside which now inspires wine-tasters and the winemakers alike.
But it is the inside and the downstairs for which the Hein family won the Best of Wine Tourism Award 2018 for sustainability: Solar panels on the barn and a heating system that runs with vine stock wood from the vineyards. And downstairs, old stones are formed onto a Lapidarium in the ages-old cellars. A small staircase leads into a concrete cellar. Here, oak barrels contain the estate's red wines, and from here, passages connect the modern with the ancient cellars underneath the winery.