Germany North - INTRODUCTION

QUINTESSENTIAL GERMAN RIESLINGS:

The northern tour

9 day immersion: April 29 - May 07, 2019

 


During this tour we delve deep into German "Riesling Country" and will fully experience authentic Germany. We start the tour with a visit to the "Weinbörse", the annual exhibit of all wineries belonging to the Association of Premium German Wine Estates (VDP). Here you can do a tour d'horizon of all German wine regions and you can taste the portfolio of more than 200 wine estates. After this fabulous introduction we travel along the main wine arteries of Germany: the Rhine river, the Mosel river, and the Nahe river. Roman, medieval, and modern history accompany us all the way and will help us to understand what German wine is all about. The beauty of the landscape, the steep vineyards, the romantic Rhine valley, the quaint villages, the stories behind the wineries and their families, and the gorgeous wines we will taste at world-renowned wineries will give us a renewed understanding of German wines. In a nutshell: this is a German wine class on the ground.


 

Germany with its roughly 250,000 acres under vine belongs today to one of the smaller wine producing countries in the world. However, viticulture in Germany has a long tradition, going back to Roman times 2,000 years ago. In the 15th century, the area under vine was four times larger than it is today. Wars, subsequent loss of territory, diseases, overproduction, and competition from beer brewing resulted in land turned over to other agricultural uses. In the 19th century, concentration on terroir and technological progress fostered a tremendous improvement of quality and the prestige of German wines, in particular from the Mosel, Rheingau, and Pfalz regions, resulting in prices above those for first growth Bordeaux wines. Today, all thirteen wine regions in Germany produce outstanding wines, and German Rieslings belong to the best white wines in the world.

Join us for an unforgettable journey to discover German wines, UNESCO world heritage sites, the German Gemütlichkeit, and historical and cultural gems!

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