5 Awesome Days In "Wine City" Weinstadt
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[ source: Wikipedia]
Weinstadt, Germany, is a city that lives up to its name, which translates in English to Wine City. This beautiful little village of just over 26,000 is home to lush rolling green hills, quaint markets and shops throughout its five districts, and of course, wine. Weinstadt’s vineyards make up one of the largest expanses of wine growing in the Rems Valley of Germany and some of the world’s greatest wines are produced locally every year. I had the opportunity to visit Weinstadt during the Weindorf, the wine village festival, in early May and I spent 5 days touring the city, visiting vineyards, and sipping some of the best wine I’ve ever had.
The sculpture walk and rolling hills of Strümpfelbach
On my first day in Weinstadt I wanted to spend some time getting acquainted with this “Wine City’s” way of life, so I headed up the streets of Strümpfelbach a hilly region where an outdoor sculpture walk from several different artists celebrate the region’s love of wine. The two dozen sculptures were molded of bronze or carved in stone and depicted wine-themed treasures like a wine press, a grape cart, a wine table, and a woman harvesting grapes. After strolling past the sculptures, I headed for the viewpoint at Karlstein to snap some photos of the spectacular vistas of the undulating hills, striped with vibrant green rows of grapes before heading back into the city for a bite to eat.
Weindorf, the village wine festival in Strümpfelbach
My second day in Strümpfelbach was when I finally got to taste some of the Weinstadt’s wonderful wine during the Weindorf, village wine festival. Throughout the day I wandered from one winery to another, sampling reds and whites and chatting, as best I could in mashed together German and English, with wine growers and the villagers of Strümpfelbach. The village wine festival was also a perfect opportunity to admire the architecture of the village where timbered buildings nestled together separated only by narrow alleys and arched cellar entrances, creating a cozy, romantic charm. During the afternoon I went on a tour of a wine cellar where vaulted ceilings towered over me and I learned a little about the production and storage of wine in Weinstadt while snapping photos of ages-old wooden wine barrels. And of course, we ended the tour with a few sips of wine.
Exploring Weinstadt’s past in Schnait
After I’d had my fill of wine in Strümpfelbach it was off to Schnait another of Weinstadt’s small villages to visit the three Gaisberg castles. These spectacular structures date to the 16th and 17th centuries and dominate the landscape of the small village. Besides visiting these imposing castles I also had a chance to wander through the church and view the gallery hall. I stopped to refuel and rest at a cute café, and enjoyed almost everything on the menu before spending another hour walking through the town. I popped my head into the Silcher-Museum and had a chance to learn a little about Friedrich Friedrich Silcher the famous local composer. After a long day of touring, I headed back to Strümpfelbach to call it a night.
Wine tasting and shopping in Beutelsbach and Endersbach
My next day in Weinstadt took me to the district of Beutelsbach and Endersbach. We started the day with a visit to Remstalkellerei, to tour the largest wine barrel cellar in southern Germany followed by a meal and a couple glasses of the local wine and then it was off to Endersbach for some shopping, a local pastime it seems, some more sightseeing, and visit to the history museum to view the work of artist Karl Wilhelm Bauerle
Castles and famous sights in Großheppach
On my final day in Weinstadt I did my best to remember the breathtaking views, sumptuous scents, and delicious wines I had tasted throughout my short stay while touring the district of Großheppach, a name I could barely pronounce but I fell in love with nonetheless. We started the day with a visit to the impressive Schloss Großheppach, a castle that remains one of the few privately owned castles in the area. After a little history lesson at the 1592 castle it was off to the vineyards for one last dose of wine tasting. We sampled “Jope” a juice from a fruit winery and then headed to the “Lamm” a restaurant and visitor center in a beautiful renaissance style building, on the site of a historic meeting of European generals during the War of Spanish Succession, to take in the sights and dine at the historic restaurant. I spent the rest of the day wandering the streets of this charming district of Weinstadt before returning to Strümpfelbach to pack, rest, and reflect on my awesome five days in the Wine City.
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