Here’s a wine category one might not relate to German wine: sparkling wine or ‘Sekt’ in German. You haven’t heard of Sekt? That’s easily forgiven since Germany hardly exports its Sekt. For some reason export markets for sparkling wines have been left to Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco. Possibly it’s that we, in Germany, we drink so much of our own stuff that no winemaker would bother exporting it. But, if you are planning a wine tour in Germany, add Sekt right next to German Riesling...
So, you got Heidelberg, Munich and Berlin on your list of tour stops when visiting Germany? You will have a guided tour at Eagles Nest, and you will visit Neuschwanstein? You are up for a Moselle or Rhine river cruise? Have beers at the Hofbräuhaus? With that programme, why make time and take a tour-stop in Mainz, this lesser-known mid-sized city nestled in a bend of the River Rhine?
Here five fab reasons for you to spend a day or two in the city we love:
German Wine Culture: Liebfrauenstift - a church build in 1300, located smack in the vineyards of Rheinhessen. For a long time this was a destination for pilgrims, not only for religious reasons it is said, but also for wines offered to exhausted souls. On a less flattering end the Liebfrauenstift became also the namesake of the Liebfraumilch, a cuvee of cheapest wines, unfortunately still perceived as representative of German wine culture in overseas markets.