Rheinhessen has numerous wineries that set great store on sustainability – and the trend is rising. This is a sign that many wine-growing companies realise that sustainability and wine tourism are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Here are two examples.
This is the wine that Martin Luther loved, a rather strong white wine with full body and full of ripeness – the yellow golden Malvasia is one of the oldest and most historic grape varieties. " It was the Menger family who saved that historic grape variety for cultivation in Germany – by far not the only reason for the Best of Wine Tourism Award 2020.
The red slopes (Roter Hang) of Nierstein are one of the most spectacular vineyard sites of Rheinhessen: The steep slopes drop right into the Rhine River. The wines that grow here belong to the highest quality products of all German wines. And right through them, Michael Voß steers his bright-blue truck with its cute round front and the big platform behind, loaded with wines and champagnes and delicacies.
Young, fresh, innovative – the “Mainz Wine Salon” (Mainzer Weinsalon) is an association of 20 young winemakers of Rheinhessen that offers cultural, high-quality after-work parties in Mainz. In this way, they bring high quality wines closer to the people – uncomplicated and combined with culture and food!
There is a garden where they used to roll wine barrels. Oranges and lemons hang in the trees; the air is full of brightness and light. This is from where Charlemagne – also known as Charles the Great – ruled the world. His palace stood only a few hundred meters from here. Ever since then, they have been growing those vines here in Ingelheim from which they press the deep red wines for which the city is famous to this day. Around 50 wines can be tasted here, whether in the vinotheque or in the restaurant right next to the indoor garden – the Best Of Wine Tourism-Award for Architecture, Parks and Gardens could not have gone to a better place.
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Due to the pandemic evolution, we have to announce the postponement of the Annual Conference. The dates in 2021 will be october 24th till october 29th! Then the Great Wine Capital Mainz | Rheinhessen invites you to discover our city and our region – and to celebrate wine culture with us!
Mainz, member of Great Wine Capitals since 2008 is bursting with culture and history, which is artfully blended within this vibrant city. The state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate is renowned for its Carnival and wine celebrations and famed for Johannes Gutenberg who introduced the printing press to Europe. Mainz is also the gateway to Germany’s largest wine-growing region – Rheinhessen with 26,500 hectares of vineyards, confined to the north and east by a great bend in the Rhine River. Its wine makers are known for their innovation. And, of course, for their Riesling wines! The flavour of the Riesling grape is heavily influenced by the soil in which it is grown. It gives the wine a complexity due to its mouth-watering character and minerality.
Our famous Riesling wine, the variety of pinot wines and our “wild card”, the Scheurebe grape, can be tasted in one of many famous wine bars around the city. The numerous taverns, wineries, wine shops, bars and restaurants of Mainz are also known for great food.
During our next International Annual Conference, you’ll be able to follow a program dedicated to wine, wine tourism and business development with several conferences, visits and tastings.
Join our program and you will feel like a local. You will get the chance to meet various winemakers, gastronomers, hoteliers and other professionals and potential partners during conferences, tastings and technical tours.
Save the date and discover how Mainz and Rheinhessen celebrate wine culture!
October 24-29, 2021
When you roll through Rheinhessen, along those soft, vineyard-strewn hills, you find on the outskirts of a small village named Köngernheim a very inconspicuous assemble of buildings. When you step through the gate, a whole new world opens: old half-timber houses surround a romantic yard and cuddle the main house – an old grain mill. Its secrets lodge on the inside: highly modern, yet cozy rooms, a gourmet restaurant, and a 110 square meter spa area with yoga room, saunas and an outdoor pool that bows to the wine dedication of the area.