Top 5 Wine Festivals in Rheinlandpfalz
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One of the most productive wine-growing regions in Germany, Rheinlandpfalz (or "Rhineland-Palatinate" in English) is famous for its annual festivals designed to celebrate its most delicious and successful export. If you're looking for the best Rheinlandpfalz wine festivals in 2012, here are five you shouldn't miss.
German Wine Harvesting Festival (October)
Dance the night away at the German Wine Harvesting Festival, where the wine flows freely and the crowds are ever-friendly. Typical festivities include everything from live music to fireworks, and it all culminates in the crowning of the German Wine Queen at the height of the party.
Happy Mosel (June)
A wine festival unlike any other, Happy Mosel is less of a celebration and more of a challenge. A 100-mile highway is closed to traffic and wine lovers are expected to grab their gear, rent bicycles and pedal their way around and through the surrounding towns, enjoying region-specific wine samples along the way. All the local merchants are in on it, providing souvenir shot glasses and discounted prices on their vintages. It's a great way to experience the real heart of Germany, and definitely one of the most unique Rheinlandpfalz wine festivals of 2012.
Middle Moselle Wine Festival (September)
The Middle Moselle is a three-day celebration that starts with a street festival and ends with fireworks and a parade, so you know everyone involved is dedicated to both drinking and having a blast. If you've never seen a group of German women dressed in togas chugging wine aboard a twenty-foot mobile vineyard, this is the place to correct that lack.
Rüdesheim Wine Festival (October)
Famous for its friendliness, Rudesheim rolls out the red carpet for its visitors every October by getting them well and thoroughly drunk. You can expect some of the best wines of the region here, along with drinking, dancing and a celebration that goes on all night long.
Officially known as Wurstmarkt ("sausage market"), this festival is actually better-known for its wines than its meats. You can expect to taste hundreds of wines in between music, parades and street performances, all locally grown and bottled in Rheinlandpfalz.
Over 60,000 connoisseurs and wine enthusiasts make the pilgrimage each year to taste the offerings of Wurstmarkt, making it one of the largest wine festivals in not only Germany, but the world. If you're looking for the wine celebration of the year, this is the trip to make!
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