Mainz | Rheinhessen

Saturday in Mainz means wine time. It's on the market, at the feet of the 1000-year-old cathedrale, where young and old meet. They chat, they eat, but above all, they indulge in the wines of Mainz, and they come in hundreds. 20 years ago, the "Marktfrühstück" – the market breakfast – was invented by a small group of winemakers from Mainz, today, it’s the hottest wine event of a whole region – beloved all around, and imitated by many a city in Germany.

A winegrower’s job is old-fashioned? As if! Mainz and Rheinhessen prove the opposite! The region boasts with a lot of talented young winemakers who have decided to dedicate themselves to wine with conviction and passion.

On the winery Domhof visitors experience an escape room as spys in search of the secret wine recipe: The new wine is priceless, the winemaker created a new recipe – the bottle must be somewhere down here. And the game begins ...

Born and raised in Westhofen, a small village in Rheinhessen, Katharina Wechsler made it to no less a place than the German capital Berlin. As a television editor, Katharina experienced the creative world of television at close quarters. At some point, however, her roots seemed to call for her, for she found her way back to the vineyards in which she had grown up and to the centuries-old family tradition of wine.

There is no better time in year to celebrate wine to the sounds of great music than during summer season. And, of course, there are also some wineries, which follow the idea of combining art and wine.

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.

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