Germany has some excellent wine regions that make it a fantastic destination for oenophiles – the Rheingau, Mosel and Baden being great examples. Another one to add to the list is Franconia, a region that is mostly part of Bavaria but that proudly displays its own unique heritage and culture.
One of the largest Franconian cities is Würzburg, an ideal choice if you’re looking to keep the wine flowing throughout your trip. So, here are three ways to ensure your glass is more than half full.
If you really want to see just how much Franconians love their wine, why not visit the region during one of the many wine festivals that take place in Würzburg throughout the spring and summer. The largest of which is the Wine Parade, an event that will spill onto the Marketplatz from 22nd August until 1st September in 2019.
There are more than 100 different wines to sample, all produced in the local area and all served from charming tents situated on the cobbles. They don’t scrimp on the samples either, many of which are served in 0.1 litre glasses for you to get a real taste before you buy. Alongside the wine, restauranteurs will be serving some regional cuisine that will complement the tipples perfectly.
Würzburg also has a great tradition of holding wine festivals inside the grounds of some of its most impressive buildings. The summer sees the Hofgarten Wine Festival held in the gardens of the beautiful Residence Palace from 28th June – 7th July 2019. Click here for the full calendar of wine festivals in the city.
If you enjoy walking amongst nature as much as you like wine then the walking routes to the north of the city offer an idyllic afternoon stroll. The Stein-Wein-Pfad (Stein Wine Path) is split into two sections and takes you through the hillside vineyards on the bank of the River Main. The western loop is great for beginners or anyone looking for a short hike and is also very flat. It’s only around 1km long and is therefore very accessible. The eastern loop is much longer, at 4km, and involves a few climbs up steps and slopes.
Along the way, you’ll enjoy fantastic views back down over the city and see some beautiful blooms that help to guide your way. Most notably, though, you’ll learn all about the history of viticulture in Franconia thanks to regular information boards detailing the process in the past and present.
Any wine lover knows that the best way to learn about a region’s wine is to taste it for yourself. And that is exactly what you can do at one of the many wine estates in Würzburg. From international producers to family-owned and operated vineyards, winemakers will throw open their tasting rooms and welcome you with a smile. As well as a tour of the estate and some interesting insight into how everything is done, you’ll be able to taste a variety of different vintages before purchasing any that you like from the onsite shop.
Plus, if you visit in November, an open house event is held at the city’s four biggest wine estates (Weingut Juliusspital, Staatlicher Hofkeller, Bürgerspital Weingut and Weingut am Stein). The exact date is yet to be announced for 2019, but it’s sure to be an evening of fun and free-flowing wine.
If you would like to plan your own Würzburg city break, you can call our team on 0800 988 3369. We can tailor-make the trip to your requirements, ensuring it includes everything you want to see and do.