Since June 22, it has become musical again in FrankfurtRheinMain! More precisely, in the Rheingau. Only a 20 minute ride away from Frankfurt airport and you reach the sunny landscape between the cities of Wiesbaden and Lorchhausen. Due to its mild climate throughout the year and its proximity to the Rhine River, the area is also called the „German Riviera“. While everything on the Italian Riviera revolves around pasta and pizza, in the Rheingau wine is present all over.
The almost Mediterranean weather conditions, the steep hills protected by the Taunus mountain chain and the slate and sandloose soils give the ideal characteristics to noble Riesling vines and racy red wines. Did you know that some of the best Rieslings in the world are grown in the Rheingau? If not, then watch Stuart Pigott, British wine critic and one of the foremost experts on German wines, explaining the special features of this grape variety and why the region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you are already an expert on wine then you have something in common with a real Rheingauer, which is how the people from this area are named. They live from and for the wine, which has formed and marked their way of life for many centuries. What else completes a glass of wine better than great music?
For over 30 years now, the inspiring combination of cultural sites and the great landscape of the Rheingau has provided the perfect setting for a very special feast for the ears. Ancient castles, fortresses, noble and aristocratic villas from all epoques up to the medieval times can be found in each of the five Rheingau cities of Eltville, Oestrich-Winkel, Geisenheim, Ruedesheim and Lorch. Lovely restored and maintained they are presenting themselves as exceptional backdrops for festivities, concerts and events.
Whether you take the Eberbach Monastery or one of the numerous castles that line up along the Rhine, one thing is clear: The area is a true magnet for music lovers from all over the world enjoying the unique combination of culture, nature, music, enjoyment and joy of life.
At the Rheingau Music Festival taking place from June 22 to August 31 2019, you can take a break from your daily routine and experience exceptional concerts at extraordinary locations in and around the cities of Frankfurt, Mainz and Wiesbaden as well as directly around the vineyards of the Rheingau! Young artists, in particular, are lured to venues with unspent charm, which are sometimes as diversive as the region itself. Just as varied is the festival programme, including modern artists such as Milow, as well as big bands, jazz combos and different facets of classical music.
Now back to the liquid gold of the region: the wines and how it is celebrated in the region.
In FrankfurtRheinMain a popular tradition is cultivated very vividly, namely, wine hiking. True to the motto “no pain, no gain” there is first the walking and then the wine, as a reward, of course. Nevertheless, no need to be afraid. To enjoy the beauty of the region’s vineyards you do not have to climb thousands of meters in height.
In our region, it’s not only the Rheingau where you can stroll through. On 1st May the complete area of Bergstraße, the smallest of the 13 German wine-growing regions, situated on the slopes of the Odenwald forest, is in bustling motion. The route from Zwingenberg to Heppenheim is the traditional one, whereby everyone can walk as they wish.
The so-called blossom path of the mountain road invites you to go hiking at any time. The 86 km long path leads through beautiful landscapes and interesting sights, due to its good connection to public transport, the stretch can easily be hiked in small stages. In addition, you can almost be sure that there will always be a wine festival nearby where you can enjoy a glass or two ;).
Besides the Rheingau, the largest wine-growing region in Germany is also located in the middle of FrankfurtRheinMain, okay more precisely it forms the western end of our region. Known as the „Land of 1000 Hills“, Rheinhessen offers many hiking routes along the river Rhine throughout the cities of Worms, Mainz and Bingen into the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley past the numerous castles and on to the famous Loreley rock.
And here, too, you can always find a tasty sip – either at one of the numerous regional wine festivals – and markets or directly at a local vineyard. Well then, there is nothing more left to say than “cheers”!