Mainz | Rheinhessen

Four o’clock in the morning. It is pitch dark in the vineyards. In the middle of it are the bright headlights of the grape harvester. The driver is at work with maximum concentration and a great deal of skill. Precise, efficient and reliable, this high-tech system guarantees quality and is irreplaceable when many grapes have to be harvested in a short time.

In Rheinhessen, wine consumers can be really part of the process of winemaking.
They are cutting grapevines in the vineyard, they learn how to maker a cuvee – and in the end, they are even making their own wine, right in their own kitchens or cellars: "We wanted to give people a chance to really experience what it means to be a winemaker", Wolfgang Thomas says.

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, well, then, so too is the way to Rheinhessen’s! And combined with the perfect glass of wine, falling in love with the greatest German region of winegrowing and its food is guaranteed. Pervaded with tradition, the Rhine-Hessian cuisine is a hearty one.

Innovation requires creativity, vision and energy. And the wine grower Eva Vollmer from Mainz-Ebersheim is bursting with just all of that. So it is no surprise that the calender of her winery, is loaded with singular wine events that mirror her creative mind. The Eva Vollmer winery offers its guests two unique concepts – Wine & Yoga and Blind Wine Tasting in the Dark – this way reinventing wine through innovative ideas of wine experiences.

"We brought the Pinot Noir to our walls and onto the floor", Michael Werner says, pointing to the dark blue color that surrounds us. Indeed, the purple-blueish color reflects the red grapes that grow on the hills surrounding Ingelheim, this small city in Rheinhessen which has "Red Wine City" as its surname. In the dark blue sea at our Feet, grapevine leaves swim, gathering in droves in front of every doorstep.

If you ever wanted to be a spy like Sherlock Holmes or at least just pretend to be one, then there is one spot in Mainz and Rheinhessen you must not miss! The Domhof winery in Guntersblum is just the perfect place to set the setting of Holmes‘ 19th century. In fact parts of the winery even date back to the 12th century: http://www.weingut-domhof.de/erleben

Germany's youngest star chef comes from Mainz. At the age of only 24, Philipp Stein defended his Michelin star in 2014 as the then new chef at the gourmet restaurant ‘Favorite’ and also scored 16 points with Gault Millau.

Westhofen in the southern part of Rheinhessen has long been known for great wines and fabulous food, yet now it has acquired another temple of good living. "Gut Leben am Morstein" is the name and the mission of the beautiful Victorian villa that rises above the village of Westhofen, right at its entrance. "Our little castle", Stefan Spies calls it, and yet, the stately building is only a small part of the project: The "Good Living" contains a gourmet restaurant, a hotel with conference rooms in the old barn – and a huge, ancient vault in which famous actors, chamber music and comedians take stage.

Mainz and Rheinhessen even make the hearts of the youngest leap for joy, as in the Great Wine Capital Mainz, the Gutenberg Museum with its print shop is a great destination. What brings Gutenberg and wine together? The children will get to know the connection between Johannes Gutenberg's groundbreaking invention, the printing press for letterpress printing with movable letters, and a screw press as a wine press for extracting juice from grapevines

Every season in Mainz and Rheinhessen has its own special charm. Winter gets particularly cosy as good food and top wines come into focus while crackling fireplaces and campfire add to the atmosphere. Correspondingly, the Best of Wine Tourism award-winning wineries have interesting offers at Christmas time. So if you want to sip a delicious wine-grower‘s mulled wine or enjoy an advent barbecue in wine-grower style, the award-winning wineries are just the right place for you.

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