Mainz | Rheinhessen

They moved from the Black Forest to Rheinhessen, and they found a paradise of wine and gourmets. In 2011 Beatrix and Markus Hebestreit took over a vacant homestead in the small village of Saulheim and turned it into a pilgrim's destination for wine gourmets for the whole region. "We are fully booked every night", Markus Hebestreit says: "People here spend a lot of money for food and wine – and they go out eating even in the middle of the week!" "Usually, restaurants are visited for their food, and the wine plays second part", Markus says, "in our restaurant it's just the other way round." Many guests come here just to taste the new wine varieties. It’s no wonder that the Mundart won the Great Wine Capital's Best of Wine Tourism Award in 2018 for wine gastronomy.

In Mainz/Rheinhessen there are many wineries and bars, where you can meet and enjoy a glass of wine. Most of these listed locations have received the Best Of Wine Tourism Award by providing an innovative wine tourism concept.

The old tower on the left hand used to be the home of the Count of Leiningen, built in 1345. "This was called the old castle", Heiko Dettweiler says, "we even have parts of the old ramparts, even a moat of sorts." Welcome to Rheinhessen where they live with an ages old history and transform it into a truly heavenly and very modern wine experience. Weingut Dätwyl breathes 700 years of history, yet is far from old fashioned. If the Palatinate is the Tuscany of Germany, this here is the Mediterranean paradise. No wonder they won a Best Of Wine Tourism Award in 2018 for Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences.

If you are in Mainz, you should discover 4 of our best places to drink wine and eat delicious meal. At Geberts Weinstuben, Mundart Restaurant, Restaurant Vis à Vis and Atrium Hotel Mainz, nice wines are served in special sceneries.

This is where in summer Shakespeare dances, where Grandpa Jean gives his features to the wine bottles and where a male Miss Marple roams the landscape. Books and stories have a home right next to the wine bottles in the sales room, and in summer, the huge yard turns into a stage: "My parents started the theater thing 25 years ago", Andreas Wagner says "That was quite unusual back then."

Lewis Schmitt, the 27-year-old Bachelor of International wine student came two years ago to work as a management director – and to help renew the image of the winery. His parents had a small winery in the Ahr valley, "it's pinot noir, that I live", Schmitt says.

Meet the German wine elite for a special tasting of their 2017 wines. For the first time, the VDP.wineries present such a brought range of new wines. All VDP.classification catagories can be found except for the wines from VDP.GROSSER LAGE®. They will have their debut on 1 September.
Compared with large, international trade fairs the VDP.Weinbörse is “klein aber fein”! Would mean “good things come in small packages.” It is relatively easy for visitors to quickly locate the estate and/or region of interest, without a long trek from hall to hall.
The Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (the Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates, abbreviated VDP), is an elite group of some 200 quality-oriented German vintners who are committed to terroir-driven viticulture at the highest level.
Date: 29.04.2018 - 30.04.2018
Time: So 11:30 am | Mo 10:00 am to So 6:00 pm | Mo 5:00 pm
Location: Rheingoldhalle, Rheinstraße 66, 55120 Mainz
Organizer: VDP.Bundesgeschäftsstelle
Cost: Free of charge
More: www.vdp.de/en/events/

Josef Neus watches from the wall, the founder of the famous winery looks demanding. "He always watches what we're doing", says Lewis Schmitt, and leads me to the art nouveau stone-fountain in the back room of this Victorian villa in the heart of Upper-Ingelheim. The dark panels on the side of the rooms are original, as well, yet, at the front of the building, awaits us a highly modern vinotheque. The new rooms, the fusion between old and modern, alongside with the beautiful park – that is why the Weingut J. Neus was awarded the Best Of Wine Tourism Award 2018 in the category architecture, parks and gardens.

In the Domhof in Guntersblum in Rheinhessen they serve crisp Riesling and heavenly food among lots of historic tales on the side. In 2010 they won their first Best of Wine Tourism Award for that, now they topped it with the Best of Wine Tourism Award 2018 for accommodation. "There were just not enough beds for our guests", Chris says, thus, in 2016 they built on the site of the old bottle barn a small hotel which mimics the architecture of the neighbouring houses.

The tenth ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ Award winners for Mainz & Rheinhessen selected – two gold medals for the J. Neus Winery

Mainz and Rheinhessen selected its 2018 ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award winners on September 5th. At the international finals in Valparaíso (Chile) the J. Neus Winery from Ingelheim also won the international award in the category „Architecture and landscapes“.

Regional winners

Wine tourism services – Meyerhof Winery, Flonheim

Art and culture – Wagner Winery, Essenheim

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