At just a 30 minutes’ ride from Frankfurt the historic city of Mainz is a vibrant German wine centre that borders the wine Rhine River. From here no less than 6 German wine regions can be reached on day-trip wine tours. Mainz, a cathedral city, sits right between the wine making region Rheinhessen and Rheingau.
Due to its well-known university Mainz has a modern, young and lively vibe, yet the old town, its cathedral, and ruins offer a rich and fascinating display of culture and history going all the way back to Roman times.
While wine culture is going all the way back to roman times, a new generation of winegrowers is becoming the pride of Mainz. With abundant passion and creativity, and tapping into the know-how of their ancestors these young wine heroes are also exploring new ways in winemaking, marketing and wine tourism.
Wine, history and culture come together in Mainz: You will happily immerse yourself in Mainz’s historic centre, the old town featuring picturesque half-timbered houses, ‘gemütliche’ wine taverns, cafes, shops and boutiques. All of which is overlooked since 1000 years by the imposing St Martin’s Cathedral, one of the largest and oldest cathedrals north of the Alps.
Don’t forget to visit the Gutenberg Museum, a must-see display of the origins of book printing – including two original century-old copies of the first Gutenberg bibles. And be sure to make time for a visit of St Stephan’s Church with its world-renowned blue tinted glass windows, created by Marc Chagall.
You must not miss out on immersing yourself into the wine culture of Mainz. Start by having a glass of Rheinhessen-wine in one the typical wine taverns of the Mainz old-town. For a more contemporary experience sip on a glass of Riesling at one of the pop-up wine bars along the Rhine River banks. And - of course - do not miss out on taking a wine tour into the nearby vineyards, either in Rheingau or Rheinhessen, but also Mosel, Pfalz and the Mittelrhein wine regions can be reached with a day tour.
If you prefer to stay in town, join a wine tasting & walking tour or attend one of the many wine-fests, taking place almost all year round at Mainz’s abundant outdoor areas, such as the Rhine riverbanks, its lush parks, and its historic city squares.
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