I'm going to be visiting Germany at the end of the year. We will be in Frankfurt for about 4 days and from everything I've read that seems to be the closest to the major wine regions. Does anyone have any suggestions on areas to visit near Frankfurt? I want to drive to the Mosel Valley. Any specific wineries, places to eat, etc?
We will be in Berlin and Cologne as well.
I ended up going to Nahe, Phalz and Mosel for 3 days last weekend. It was amazing - incredible wines, scenery and people. I had some great recommendations in the end from industry friends and German wine lover friends. It was a beautiful trip and I cant wait to go back - better than I had ever imagined. I transit through Frankfurt airport a lot for work and couldn't believe only minutes outside the airport was heavenly wine country.
Some of the places that we visited and loved (and that I managed to write down) included the following:
Doenhoff - http://www.doennhoff.com/#/ You need to make an appointment via email or phone and they are only open Monday - Friday. We had an incredible experience here with Sascha. Highly recommend.
Shlossgut Diel - https://diel.eu/about-us.html Again Monday - Friday and you should make an appointment. We didn't, however we were lucky enough that Caroline the winemaker herself was there and talked us through the wines and the winery. Loved.
Emrich Schönleber - We only stopped by briefly but enjoyed the wine.
Gut Hermannsberg - This was a beautiful hotel and winery that we stayed at after visiting the three wineries above. We also had an incredible dinner and the scenery is to die for as is the steepness of the slopes!
Basserman-Jordan - Great winery with some beautiful German reds which was a nice change to all the whites we had been drinking.
Deidesheim - a gorgeous little town worth staying in for the night and where Basserman-Jordan and a few other wineries were located as well as some great restaurants.
The Mosel - we drove along the river just stopping at various little towns as we were headed to Brussels and running low on time. Amazing!
Other recommendations that we didn't make it to but would go back to are as follows:
I hope this is useful to everyone and keep in mind that at the smaller (less touristy towns and wineries), you need to call or email in advance and make a tasting reservation.
Happy wine travels.
Massive thank you!And to everyone as well for all your suggestions! I never expected this many suggestions.
Much appreciated. The great thing is that it'll help other people out in the future as well.
The only other winery I want to visit that I didn't see anyone else mention was Lingenfelder. I was able to try out one of their wines during a CMS prep class last year and have been in love ever since. I'm certainly looking forward to this holiday, even though it will be a busy one! But keeps life interesting!