The Best Of Wine Tourism Award Winner of Mainz and Rheinhessen perfectly show what the wine region stands for: Modern wine experience buildings emerge – historic ones are kissed out of their slumber. Behind all are clever, integrated concepts that not only fit perfectly into the Rheinhessen region, but also live it.
In the Ernst Bretz winery, awarded for Best Wine Tourism Service, you will find a very committed and professional service regarding wine on top with a beautiful view from the estate’s vineyard on the Petersberg (a popular hill) down to Rheinhessen and the skyline of Frankfurt. (www.weingutbretz.de)
The region also bursts with innovative concepts: The Wein-Laster, a wine truck that combines wine with hiking and celebrations, collaborates with others and delivers high quality. No wonder this idea won the Best Of Award for Innovative Wine Tourism experiences! (www.wein-laster.de)
With the country hotel Weingold in Guntersblum, the region can boast excellent culinary experiences and got awarded for best Wine Tourism Restaurants. (www.weingold-guntersblum.de)
And while guests can indulge themselves in the first wellness hotel around the theme of wine, Jordan’s Untermühle (Best Of Accomodation), the Mainzer Weinsalon (Best Of Art and Culture), an association of 20 young winegrowers, provides great wine parties in the heart of the city. (www.jordans-untermuehle.de, www.mainzer-weinsalon.de)
The laureate for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices, Winery H.L. Menger, shows once again that this topic is a key factor in the region. As a maintainer of two historical grape varieties, the family-run winery promotes agro-biodiversity and biological diversity in the vineyards. (www.weingut-menger.de)
We proudly present: A place that breathes (wine) history
As a historic winery building, the Ingelheimer Winzerkeller (wine cellar) authentically epitomises a piece of Ingelheim’s history as the “red wine town”. After extensive renovation, since 2019 the listed building has been home to a local vinotheque of 24 Ingelheim winegrowers as well as a distillery, a restaurant and a tourist information centre.
Rhine-Hessian limestone, original tiles and beams in the former wine press hall – now an inner garden – as well as the two large vaulted cellars, one above the other, in which wood-carved barrels reveal the stories of earlier generations of winemakers. As a historical building with a direct connection to winegrowing, the wine cellar is part of the cultural heritage of the city of Ingelheim on the Rhine.
Guests await a beautiful setting in the idyllic inner garden, where a glass roof and a wide range of stunning plants make them feel free. Enjoying a glass of delicious wine, no matter whether red or wine, in such an environment – the former wine press hall – clearly is like breathing a piece of history at the same time. What a wine experience!
The Ingelheimer Winzerkeller not only convinced the regional jury, but also won the international race and brings home the Global Best of Wine Tourism Award. Congratulations! (www.winzerkelleringelheim.de )