Mainz | Rheinhessen

The Rheinhessenvinothek in Mainz offers Wines not only from German Rheinhessen but from all the Great Wine Capitals, served in a 150 year old former magazine building, earning it the global Best Of Wine Tourism award for Wine Tourism Services in 2017.


August 11, 2017 to August 14, 2017

On the second weekend in August the Oppenheim wine festival takes place. Wine and culinary treats around the historical town hall as well as a diverse music programme are fixed elements of the festival which is celebrated each year by the idyllic town and renowned wine-growing district with its famous vineyard location along the Rhine in the midst of medieval town walls. Friday till Monday evening wine enjoyment in front of Saint Catherine’s Church is focused on.

Location: Around the historical town hall, D-55276 Oppenheim

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Vis-à-Vis is one of the leading restaurants in the small village of Osthofen near Worms. For their combination of regionally inspired gourmet food, an extensive wine menu from Rheinhessen and the beautiful setting within an old cow chapel, the Spiess family won the Great Wine Capital Best of Award 2017 in the category Wine Restaurants.

Winery Eva Vollmer in Mainz offers unique laid-back wine-lingerings along with splendid wines and new radical ideas. "Laid-back wine-lingering", Eva calls these events – and it's precisely for these innovative wine tourism concepts that she was awarded the Best of Wine Tourism Award of the Great Wine Capitals in 2017.

June 23, 2017 to June 26, 2017

"Johannisnacht" is one of the yearly event highlights in the calendar. It is celebrated in remembrance of Johannes Gutenberg, the famous inventor of the printing press with moveable type. Four days long there is a great atmosphere in the centre of Mainz. Free entry on all days!

The traditionel printers' baptism is practiced since the 16th century. The merry printers' baptism, the so called "Gautschen", is a traditional highlight of the Johannisnacht (24th of June, 2017). Since the 16th century assistants have been submerged in a barrel filled with water symbolising a release of the years of apprenticeship as well as the removal of lead dust. This tradition is still celebrated on Johannisnacht Saturday, in historical costumes on stage at Liebfrauenplatz. Today the apprentices are usually digital media designers who have just finished their apprenticeship.

A firedrake and a dancing sceleton as well as Caribbean steeldrum sounds and medieval flair with "Donner Trummel": At 50th Johannisnacht street artists stroll through the alleys of Mainz. The Belgian combo "Les Contes d'Asphalt" impresses with its fairy-tale puppet theatre - a premiere in Mainz. "Sunshine Coconuts" create Caribbean flair with their steeldrums. Besides the audience is transferred back to medieval times by "Donner Trummel" .

"Wine is Art" is the motto of the Wilmshof, a small winery in Selzen, a wine village south of Mainz. It describes exactly what Katrin and Tobias Mohr won the Great Wine Capital Art and Culture Award 2017 for: A unique fusion of the art of wine making with the arts itself, celebrating a "new aesthetics" and an holistic approach, as the jury enthused. No wonder when the winemaker is an artist and his wife an interior designer. "This is our second vocation", Katrin Mohr says with a smile.

Pauser's Quartier in Flonheim, in the heart of Rheinhessen, is a place where modern architecture meets wine-caressing traditions. Here, they serve spicy Syrahs as good as sweet Kerner whites – and while rooted firmly in the soil, they reach for the stars of wine-making.  Pauser earned the Great Wine Capital Best of Wine Tourism Award in 2017 in the category of Architecture & Landscapes.

Since 2012 the banks of the Rhine between Kaiserplatz and Theodor Heuss Bridge turn into a wine paradise for four days. Enjoy exciting wines and delicious specialities in a wonderful atmosphere. Notable winemakers of the region are looking forward to presenting their products to wine lovers. About 60 wine companies are expected this year.

Numerous restaurateurs take care of the physical well-being of the visitors offering all sorts of local specialities. The programme is rounded off with live music on four different stages (Kaisertor, Raimunditor, Schlosstor and Theodor-Heuss-Brücke) every evening till 11 p.m..


Event location: Rheinufer/Höhe Theodor-Heuss-Brücke, D-55116 Mainz

January 28, 2017 to January 29, 2017

Exceptional, full of taste and very delicious!

Once again you can find the Original Food Festival team in the beautiful location of the Halle 45.
Right at the beginning of 2017 more than 30 booths will sell freshly cooked, baked, smoked or grilled delicacies. Here you are invited to enjoy good and real food in a great atmosphere without paying any entry fee. Fresh buns are baked, the tasty curry dishes smell enticing, sweets are fried and Italian cheese melts above the hot charcoal.
Freshly made right in front of the guests. There is always more to see!

The Original Street Food Festival will take care of culinary diversity. Musical entertainment is also provided. Children can spend their time in a children’s play area as well as with several kids activities.
Start to feast and discover new food. Enjoy the taste!


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