Wine Tasting in the Ahr Valley

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Ahr Wine Valley
Ahr Wine Valley

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Ahr is one of Europe’s northernmost wine regions and is located just south of Bonn (Bonn vacation rentals | Bonn travel guide). The Ahr is also one of the smallest wine growing areas, with only 25km of vineyards stretching along the Ahr river. The great majority of wine produced in this region is red, the vines originally brought to the area from Burgundy in the late 17th century, though the Romans had been cultivating wine in the area for hundreds of years.

There are many wine festivals in the region taking place between May and October, many of which conclude with impressive firework displays. One of the most popular festivals is the „Art & Wine“ festival in Bachem, which includes a nighttime grape harvest. Another fun thing to go in Ahr is explore the Red Wine Hiking Trail. Yes, it’s a hiking trail through the vineyards! Enjoy the beautiful views while learning about one of Germany’s most popular wine regions. The trail, which was opened in 1972, connects all of the winemaking villages in the area and offers a truly unique perspective on growing and cultivating grapes. Hop off the trail to sample some delicious reds at local wineries, or stop for a delicious meal at a top quality restaurant along the way. The Ahr wine valley also offers some lovely opportunities for cycling and Nordic Walking.

If you weren’t already relaxed enough after your nature hike and wine tastings, head to Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweile, a luxurious thermal spa. Indulge in spa treatments and promote well being while enjoying your holiday in the Ahr wine region. Another lovely excursion is a visit to the walled town of Ahrweiler. Check out the Roman villa on the side of Silberberg hill on the western edge of town; tour the interior of the bath house and gett a glimpse of Roman life.

How to get there: The Ahr wine region is about an hour drive south of Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide), and 30 minutes south of Bonn.



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Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.

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