What do you mean when you say ‘Rhine Wine’? Rhine Wine as in a taste? Rhine Wine as in the vineyards alongside The Rhine? Wine shipped on The Rhine? Every once in a while, I check the analytics of my website’s traffic. Google tells me that people looked for ‘Rhine Wine Tours’. Oh ja! I have Rhine Wine Tours. Uh, at least some, in some regions, say Rheinhessen and Rheingau and Mittelrhein, with plenty of different wines. But is there such a thing as Rhine Wine? What have you been...
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:
You have a long layover in Frankfurt and you are not sure what to do? You like wine? Then this self guided wine tour might be for you: check out our 10 tips for hours well spent on a quick wine trip of Rheinhessen and Rheingau.
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.
Want to see one of Germany's oldest and newest wineries in one go? Abbey Eberbach, the birthplace of the Cabinett wines and home to one of Europe's most modern wineries is home to both. The time warp could hardly be more interesting...