Located a 15 minutes drive south from Mainz, a visit to this winery in the Rheinhessen region of Germany is a chance to immerse yourself in wonderful wine and history: a Roman past, a 1250-year-old village, and exceptional views captured by the recent architectural addition to a wine cellar built more than 500 years ago.
Creating liquid art for lovers of organic white wines
Weingut Thörle attracts connoisseurs of quality white wines, according to winery owner, Christoph Thörle. They appreciate the influence of the limestone soils on the grapes grown there, and value the ecological and organic vineyard management practices the winery uses to produce wines from the fruit from the Riesling and Pinot Noir vines.
“Besides providing high-end level dry Riesling, Pinot Noirs, Silvaner, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, we also produce very traditional German “Prädikatsweine”: Riesling with residual sugar, light, crisp and full of limestone minerality,” Christoph said.
“We are a young yet experienced team of wine lovers who work hard to give our guests the opportunity to taste the liquid essence of limestone soils in our wines: saline minerality, saltiness and balance. Our focus is on creating liquid art and our wines go far beyond agriculture,” he said.
Weingut Thörle offers visitors up to 40 different wines. The family is well connected within the wine industry and draws inspiration from wines produced across the globe.
Capturing panoramic views with modern architecture, built on the old
The surrounds are idyllic on approaching the winery. The village on the Saulheimer Hölle (meaning ‘gentle slope’) is 1250-years-old and at the crest of the hill, the winery appears on the left as if floating on the vines like a ship riding the waves of the ocean.
In 1517, the natural stone cellar was built and this is the oldest part of the winery today. However, the modern building constructed in 2019 is what will greet you when you arrive at the 28-hectare estate. The building’s simple lines and use of natural materials including wood and limestone, harmonise the building with the surrounding landscape.
Christoph describes the vast winery terrace at Weingut Thörle as a favoured place of visitors, a place to sip their wine of choice as the setting sun casts its glow over the vineyards and rolling hills beyond.
“As the architect of our new winery, I am especially proud to receive this internationally highly renowned award (Global Best Of Wine Tourism Award). I was very lucky that I could make my vision of a winery floating like a hoverboard over the Riesling and Pinot Noir vines, overlooking our village and allowing far reaching views to the horizon, real,” said Christoph.
World-class wines, impressive views and a modern tasting environment makes Weingut Thörle a perfect stop on the way to dinner at once of the wonderful restaurants nearby.
📍 Location: Weingut Thörle is an half hour drive south from the city of Mainz in Germany’s largest of 13 wine regions, Rheinhessen. The Rhein River to which the name refers, flows through the region and the area receives the most sunshine hours in Germany.
📢 Visitor Review: “A family-run winery that, despite growing popularity, still takes time for customers when it comes to wine advice and wine tasting. Be sure to try Pinot Noir and Riesling wines from this location.”
🍽 Local delicacy to try: Try ‘Spundekas with Bretzel’, cream-cheese topped with tiny onion cubes eaten with the knotted salted bread snacks sold as “pretzels” around the world today.
🏰 Surrounds to experience: Cycling, hiking and dining are popular pursuits in the Rheinhessen and the people are friendly and welcoming. The historic centre of the city of Mainz is charming, and while you are there, make sure you view a copy of the Gutenberg Bible in the Gutenberg Museum and admire the stained-glass windows of St. Stephen’s church crafted by Marc Chagall.
📅 Best time to visit: Christoph recommends visiting during the growing season which runs from late April until November.
👸 Historical interest: Winemaking in the Rheinhessen region has been traced back to Roman times around 20BC. The oldest surviving records of a German vineyard can be found here, as a bequest made in 742 by the uncle of the first Holy Roman Emperor, Charlemagne. The French held the area in the 19th Century for around 20 years during the French Revolution.
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Photo Credits: Courtesy of Weingut Thörle