Rheinhessen offers exceptional wine ideas. Visitors can not only taste but also experience the extraordinary wines of the region. Here are some examples.
The cellar master has created a new wine, which lies secured in the depths of the barrel cellar. A group of wine spies have managed to break in and have been searching it for hours. But the return of the cellar master is approaching. Time is running out, only 60 are minutes left. Will the spies escape before the cellar master returns? And will they manage to take the new wine with them?
What sounds like the plot of a movie is actually a popular leisure activity: The “Domhof” winery has created an escape room in their wine cellar. The mastermind behind this experience is Halina Aaron, herself an avid escape room fan. As assistant manager, she contemplated how guests can not only drink the wine, but also experience it. Shortly thereafter, the idea of the escape room was born.
“The appeal of our escape game is the authentic setting,” emphasises Aaron. “The environment is 100 percent real. You’re not put into an artificial environment, as you are in many escape rooms in cities.” Daily business and quizzing take turns in the cellar. The “Domhof” only closes the escape room for the grape harvest in autumn. To get a chance to play, visitors can get in touch via phone or mail. Once the game is over, hungry and thirsty wine spies can refuel in the “Weingold” restaurant. A stay overnight is also possible at the “Domhof”.
Most people might think of lions, giraffes, desert or Africa when they hear the word safari. But a “wine safari”?
Andreas Mohr came up with this brilliant idea. Essentially, a wine safari is a tour through the vineyards of Rheinhessen. What makes it so special is on the one hand the vehicle: A landrover, which originally belonged to the British Army of the Rhine. Its open construction allows for excellent views during the tour. On the other hand, the guests are close to the winemaker himself. This allows for a lively and open exchange – enriched by anecdotes from a winemaker’s life. “On the tour, people dare ask questions that they would never ask otherwise,” explains Mohr. “The confined space creates trust – in me as a winemaker, but also in the product wine in general.”
Inspiration for this experience was the final trip of his master craftsman training to California. “The winemakers are so close to the guests there, everyone is welcome”, he enthuses. With the wine safari Andreas Mohr has created an equal atmosphere. Consequently, the tours have become quite popular. When he first started the tours in 2015, he led 20 tours per year. Now, he regularly conducts 40 tours per year. Interested visitors can send booking requests directly through the website.
The choice is yours
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Behind it are Jérôme Hainz and Marion Rockstroh-Kruft. Jérôme is the founder and discovered his love for wine far away from his hometown Mainz. Back home, however, he realized how difficult it is to experience German wine culture. Especially for those who do not speak any German. Jérôme wants to make it more accessible with guided wine tours and wine tastings. “Experience German wine where it is made” is the motto. For Marion, on the other hand, wine has always been a part of her life. For over 20 years, she has enjoyed touring Rheinhessen, discovering new wineries and exploring the beautiful countryside. This passion is what she wants to share with tour participants.
And they can truly choose from a variety of options: day tours such as “not only Riesling” or “castles, abbeys & wine” are on offer as well as walking tours and tastings. All events are conducted in small groups. If you wish to get an even more intimate experience, customized tours are also part of the portfolio. Just recently, they have planned an event, which was also special for them: A surprise outing culminating in a proposal – naturally, with a coordinated wine pairing. Cheers to the happy couple!