Mainz

The Rheinhessenvinothek in Mainz offers Wines not only from German Rheinhessen but from all the Great Wine Capitals, served in a 150 year old former magazine building, earning it the global Best Of Wine Tourism award for Wine Tourism Services in 2017.

 

"Wine is Art" is the motto of the Wilmshof, a small winery in Selzen, a wine village south of Mainz. It describes exactly what Katrin and Tobias Mohr won the Great Wine Capital Art and Culture Award 2017 for: A unique fusion of the art of wine making with the arts itself, celebrating a "new aesthetics" and an holistic approach, as the jury enthused. No wonder when the winemaker is an artist and his wife an interior designer. "This is our second vocation", Katrin Mohr says with a smile.

It it all started in 1984 with the 140th birthday of the Jean Buscher winery in Bechtheim. In that year, the basilika of Bechtheim was renovated, and church painter Hermann Gottried fell in love with the Buscher wines. His drafts and pictures for church windows were the first works of art that made their way into the Buscher wine cellar. "We didn't have a clue what we were doing", reminisces Senior Jean Michael, "but the visitors were enthralled."...

Eva Eppard, chef at the Restaurant Kupferberg in Mainz, 2016 winner of a regional 'Best Of Wine Tourism' award in the Restaurant category, boldly reinterprets the cuisine of the region using high quality, locally sourced produce that is imaginatively paired with the best wines from the Rheinhessen.

Rheinhessen, that wine region between Mainz and Alzey, is still a white spot on the map of many a wine drinker's landscape. It's a wide country of thousand hills, spottet with lots of small wineries, most of which you never heard of. The houses look forbidden from the outside, but inside you find many a surprise: Excellent Tappas, a colorful degustation and a theater in an old barn. Wine-discoveries in Rheinhessen – Mainz& was part of a trip.

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