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Germany's wine regions cater to tourists especially during the summer and autumn. Their numerous festivals offer the opportunity to taste local wines and food along with local entertainment.
Although summer is coming to an end, many wine festivals are in full swing
The annual Mainz Wine Festival hosts over 500,000 people as part of the celebration of the end of summer. Visitors crowd the historic streets of Mainz, enjoying wine and live music, craft stalls, fairground rides and fireworks.
Next dates: Aug. 30 - Sept. 2
Just about every town on the Moselle River will host a wine festival at some point
The Rheingauer Wine Fair in Frankfurt presents its wine to connoisseurs and normal folk. More than 600 different wines, mostly Rieslings, are available for tasting in the Fressgass, a street with local food stores, shopping opportunities and cafes. Many businesses offer refreshments at food stalls. About 300,000 visitors come to the fair annually.
Next dates: Aug. 29 - Sept. 7
The Stuttgart Wine Village welcomes more than a million visitors yearly. For 12 days, Stuttgart becomes a festive wine village, offering around 250 different wines. Among them is Trollinger, a light red wine which is low in acidity and a rarity in the region. The "village" is located in the Marktplatz and Schlossplatz against the back of the castle.
Next dates: Aug. 29 - Sept. 9
Fellbach Fall Wine Fair gives wine lovers the opportunity to enjoy decent wines that are little known outside the Stuttgart region. The small town offers samples from a Viertel (a 25 cl glass), serving wines from the town's twins in Italy, Hungary and France.
Next dates: Oct. 11 - Oct. 14
German wine regions are a great tourist attraction
Wine Festivals on the Moselle River offer food, music and beautiful scenery. The entire Moselle Valley is lined with vineyards, and many of the towns have in the past mainly lived from grapes, each creating a specialty wine. Even the smallest Moselle town holds a wine festival at some point.
Some of the bigger and well-known celebrations on the Moselle are:
Next dates: Sept. 1, Sept. 7 - Sept.9, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, Sept. 29
Next dates: Sept. 7- Sept. 9
Next dates: Sept. 8, Sept. 21 - Sept. 22, Sept. 28 - Sept. 30
The Sausage and Wine Festival in the small town of Bad Dürkheim claims to be the largest wine festival in the world. It attracts about a million people, who get to enjoy music, amusement rides, game booths, flea markets, wine tastings, fireworks and, of course, sausages.
Next dates: Sept. 7 - Sept. 11, Sept. 14 - Sept. 17