The German Wine Road
Scenic drives Germany – Wine festivals
Motorhome Travel in Germany
Scenic drives Germany. The German Wine Route or Wine Road is the oldest of Germany’s tourist wine routes. Located in the Palatinate region of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the route was established in 1935.
The German wine road in Rhineland Palatinate is the country’s oldest scenic drive; The 85km North/South route in the Rhineland-Palatinate is the gem of Germany’s scenic routes. Starting in the town of Bockenheim in the southwest of Germany, the 85km long wine road leads you through Germany’s second largest wine growing region all the way to the French border. The region it passes through is enchanting throughout most of the year. In spring, when the almond trees lining the road are in bloom; in August when the route is closed for traffic for one day to give cyclists free reign. Or in late summer and early autumn when wine festivals take place virtually every weekend in one of the villages along the route. Motorhome Rental Germany
Palatinate wine and the region’s cuisine are a treat for the taste buds, and in its mild climate the fruit and almond trees blossom early and lemons, figs and kiwi fruit ripen quickly. Around 22,200 hectares are under vine in the Mittelhaardt/German Wine Route and Southern Wine Route areas. Wachenheim, Forst, Deidesheim and St. Martin are just a few of the many well-known wine villages in this region. The German Wine Route, the best-known wine-themed route, takes you straight to where these fresh, fruity wines are made. The hillsides with chalk and slate soils produce full-bodied wines with a typically mineral taste. The flat vineyards with sandy soils produce wines with a characteristic lightness.
The famous wine town of Deidesheim offers Riesling and may other good wines. From Deidesheim the route leads south towards the French border, through a landscape reminiscent of Tuscany with its gentle vine-clad hills and pretty villages. Neustadt with its magnificent historical centre, winding lanes and numerous taverns makes for an ideal place to stop off for a while. With a sunshine duration of over 1800 hours a year, the area around the German Wine Route is one of the warmest regions in Germany, allowing the cultivation of crops such as figs, lemons, and kiwifruit, which in Germany are only common here or in other parts of the upper Rhine valley, where the climate is similar. The German Wine Route is also famous for its almond blossoms, painting the whole region in pink and white colours around the beginning of March.
Scenic drives Germany: Highlights
Bad Bergzabern: castle, thermal spring
Bad Dürkheim: Dürkheim Barrel (Dürkheimer Fass)
Bockenheim: the Traubenmadonna statue, St. Lambert’s Church (Lambertskirche)
Deidesheim: museum, parish church
Edenkoben: old winemakers’ houses
Neustadt: half-timbered houses, rail museum, Hambach Castle
Schweigen-Rechtenbach: the German Wine Gate