Enjoying a glass of wine is certainly a culture itself. However, pairing it with new ideas and concepts can enhance the experience even further. Let’s take a look at some examples in Rheinhessen!
From chance to success
How life plays out sometimes… By chance, Stefan Spies discovered a small winegrower’s castle with a vineyard and wine cellar for sale in Westhofen in 2012. With one look at the vaulted cellar, he knew that it would make a great cultural event location. After five years of extensive renovation, the ensemble of buildings and gardens is truly a feast for the eyes. “GUT LEBEN am Morstein” has been a beacon of cultural life in Rheinhessen ever since.
In 2020, out of the constraints of the Corona pandemic, Stefan Spies established a new cultural concept. The “Morstein Kultur Festival”, a virtuoso combination of culture, wine and cuisine, has raised the profile of the region further. His overall effort was worth not just one but two Best Of Wine Tourism Awards in 2022!
As in previous years, GUT LEBEN celebrates its culture summer from March to September. But not to worry, there will also be events during the winter months. The program offers something for everyone: It ranges from open-air concerts, readings, jazz, operas, cabaret, a mystery dinner to a silent movie with live dubbing. With so many highlights great entertainment is guaranteed!
Baroque garden, modern art
As soon as the gate at “Rheingrün Hofgarten” opens, visitors enter another world. Passing a half-timbered house, they enter the multiple award-winning garden: geometric garden spaces inspired by the baroque ideal, which combine to an overall complex. As the plants grow and flourish, they overflow onto the pathways and counterbalance the strict architecture. Visitors can enjoy various parts of the garden at different times of the year, each with its own unique colours, textures, and scents.
According to the owners, Jürgen Süß and Iris Leonhardt, the best time to visit Hofgarten is from the beginning of May until mid-June when everything is in bloom. During this period, the garden offers a variety of events for locals and travellers to connect: from concerts, exhibitions, and readings to fine dining and wine tasting. Groups are invited, yet should register in advance for a leisurely day away from their usual routine. Visitors can also book accommodation and explore the countryside and nearby towns, the ShUM Sites of Speyer, Worms, and Mainz, an UNESCO World Heritage.
The ultimate goal of Jürgen and Iris is to create an authentic, sustainable connection to the region Rheinhessen, the people, and the regional wine offer. The global Best Of Wine Tourism Award 2023 is a testimony that they are successful. When will you pay a visit?