Mainz | Rheinhessen

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

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

November 30, 2017 to December 23, 2017

Historical Christmas Market in Mainz
The historical Christmas Market around St. Martin’s Cathedral in Mainz creates a magical atmosphere with its 100 lovingly decorated and illuminated stands. A diverse programme of concerts, workshops and plays guarantees Christmas feeling. Handcraft lovers will be impressed by the artists' factory that serves all sorts of handmade pieces.
Sun till Thu 11 a.m. – 8.30 p.m., Fri und Sat 11 a.m.– 9 p.m.

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The guests are met at the mill's weir, bench, chair and flowers are carefully and romantically arranged underneath the small roof. A path winds down to the entrance of the former flour mill, a small door within allows the view into the grinding station. "You could bring the mill back to work, that wouldn't even be difficult", Eva Eppard says. The young woman runs one of the best restaurants of the region in the old mill. "Eppard in the 100 Guldennmühle" sets a unique pace in terms of regional cooking and sustainability – and won her a  ‘Best Of Wine Tourism’ award from the Great Wine Capitals for sustainability in 2017.

September 14, 2017 to November 11, 2017

September, 14th – November, 11th

Exhibition – „Highlights of the Wine Culture“

The exhibition „Highlights of the Wine Culture“ organized by the German Wine Institute makes it possible to experience culture and history of German wines in the city hall of Mainz. The most beautiful sights from German wine growing regions are shown, chosen by an independent jury from hundreds of recommendations.

For further information see:

September 20, 2017 to October 29, 2017

September – end of October

Federweißer stands in the centre of Mainz

Annually – in late summer / early autumn – pretty wooden huts open their window shutters in the centre of Mainz and offer „new wine“ – meaning Federweißer and red sweet cider. A variety of substantial traditional meals such as onion cake or bread and dipping supplement the wine enjoyment.

For further information on the different locations see:

Mainz Wine Market 2017 – a review

At this year’s wine market– the biggest wine event of Mainz at the end of August and beginning of September – the South Australian member of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network Adelaide was a special guest at the Great Wine Capital wine village in the city park. The city of Mainz was proud to welcome the oldest "family-owned winery" of Australia – the Yalumba Winery in Angaston represented by Heather Fraser. Next to the romantic rose garden of the city park visitors of the wine fair could taste all sorts of South Australian wines from Yalumba. As a highlight of each wine weekend a blind tasting took place on both Sundays including wines from Rhinehessen and the Yalumba Winery. Surprisingly most wines were guessed correctly which could not least be explained by the great interest of participants in South Australian wines in general and specifically in Yalumba wines. Especially one thing will be kept in mind: The interesting talks about essential features of Australian wines and in particular the differences between German and Australian wines.

Westwind Weine / Hein Winery

Protection and preservation of cultural landscape – this is a core topic which the Hein winery has committed itself to. In order to transfer the sustainability of the vineyard to the winery, the wine house building was built under the aspects of sustainability in 2015: vacant vault cellars were integrated into the building, old staves were supplied for new usage as panelling. Beside several solar systems for generation of electricity also a wood chipping heating system with grapevine is run to take account of the sustainability character.

Westwind wines reside at and inside the tower of the newly built wine house of the Hein winery: This raises in a fresh green as the counterpart of the medieval living tower and the defense tower on the opposite side which has been guarding the entrance to the Zellertal in Wachenheim for more than 10 centuries. From each floor of the building a new facade of the cultural landscape can be admired while enjoying wines – culminating in a beautiful panorama view on the terrace which reaches down to the Zellertal.


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