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Touring Germany's Vineyards

A tractor filled with Riesling grapes in Mehring.

Photo: Christian Kerber

Straw wine. Sauerbraten. Oompah bands. T+L heads to the source to taste Germany’s best wines. Read the article

Destinations: Trier · Mülheim · Naurath · Wehlen · Zeltingen · Trittenheim · Brauneberg · Kinheim · Nittel · Ayl · Bullay · Leiwen

Themes: Road Trip · Food + Drink

Inspired by: Wine-Tasting Tour of Germany — by Matt Lee, Published Mar. 2010

Hotels (5)

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    Weinromantikhotel Richtershof

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    S.A. Prüm Gästehaus

    Well-appointed riverside accommodations on the grounds of the S.A. Prüm winery.

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    Landhaus St.-Urban

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    Domizil Schiffmann

    For the IKEA-and-iPod set.

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    Becker’s

Restaurants (5)

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    Zur Glocke

    Under a heavy timbered ceiling, tables of smartly dressed locals toast important occasions with rounds of schnapps and feast on crisp schnitzel smo

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    Ratsschänke Zeltingen

    A cozy tapas bar in what may just be the tallest and most fanciful half-timbered house in the Mosel.

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    Restaurant at Weinromantikhotel Richtershof

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    Restaurant at Domizil Schiffmann

    This sophisticated hotel-restaurant has a deep wine list.

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    Restaurant at Becker’s

Activities (13)

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    Karl Marx Haus

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    Weinstand

    A kiosk, really—no chairs, just an open-air wine-bar-in-the-round, and in its center, a young man and woman pouring wine.

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    Weingut St.Urbans-Hof

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    Stein

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    Selbach-Oster

    Boutique estate-grown Riesling producer.

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    Peter Lauer

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    Matthias Dostert

    A stone’s throw from Luxembourg; pear brandy and grappa are their other great sips.

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    Weingut Markus Molitor

    Embedded into a wooded hillside, and notable for its Pinot Noir

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    Weingut Jakoby-Mathy

    When he’s not working at Selbach-Oster, twentysomething Stefan Jakoby, along with his brother, Peter, run this precocious young winery.

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    Heribert Boch

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    Günther Steinmetz

    Steinmetz is another of the valley’s young stars. Though he’s 31 now, he bottled his first vintage at 20. His father had a heart attack while Stein

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    Weingut Ansgar Clüsserath

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    Das Weinhaus

    Tasty plates of cured meats and cheeses and an extensive, fairly priced wine selection.

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