If you’re a wine enthusiast, then Germany’s Wine Road is a must-visit destination. This scenic route is located in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany and is home to some of the finest vineyards in the country. The route stretches for over 85 km and passes through several picturesque towns and villages.
The German wine route
We started the German wine road in the town of Landau, where we spent the night on the Landau stellplatz. The cost was 10 Euros a night and included electricity. The following morning we set off to join the L516. This road heads north and passed through stunning scenery and huge rows of vines. The wine route passes through the towns of Sankt Martin, Gruenstadt, Bad Duerkheim, Deidesheim, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Edenkoben, Bad Bergzabern, and many small villages. Take your pick and stop where looks interesting. You will find plenty of places to stop for wine tasting!
The beautiful wine town of Sankt Martin
One town that you must visit on your wine route journey is Sankt Martin. This charming town is located in the heart of the Palatinate wine region and is surrounded by rolling hills of vineyards. Sankt Martin is known for its award-winning wines and has several wineries that offer wine tastings and tours. Some of the popular wineries in Sankt Martin include:
- Weingut Wörner: This family-owned winery has been producing wine for over 200 years and offers a wide range of wines, including Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.
- Weingut Knipser: This winery is known for its high-quality wines and has won several awards over the years. They offer guided tours of their vineyards and cellars.
Apart from wine tasting, there are several other things to do in Sankt Martin. You can take a stroll through the town’s historic centre, which is lined with half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. You can also visit the town’s castle ruins, which offer stunning views of the surrounding vineyards.
If you’re planning a trip to the German Wine Route, then Sankt Martin should definitely be on your itinerary. With its beautiful scenery, award-winning wines, and rich history, this charming town is sure to leave a lasting impression on you.
Maybe the most famous town on Germany’s wine road is the spa town of Bad Dürkheim. The town is home to the world’s biggest wine barrel, which can hold 44 million gallons of wine, but now houses a multi-level wine restaurant. In September, the town hosts the largest wine festival in the world, the Wurstmarkt.
Wurstmarkt actually means “sausage fair,” but for two weekends in September, the field of Bruhlwiesen outside Bad Durkheim becomes part amusement park, part street-food market and part open-air tavern, with hundreds of thousands of visitors.
Needless to say, we felt the need to have a wine tasting session, and bought a half case of 6 bottles for an average price of 6 euros per bottle which we thought was excellent value for such good wines.
The German wine road took us several hours heading north and we then joined the motorway to the Rhine town of Bingen where we then drove along the banks of the Rhine on the number 9 road looking for a campsite just outside Koblenz.