Festivals of Wine
Weinfests are festivals of wine in Deutschland! But wine in Germany? While most people think of beer in Germany, the country actually lies thick with vineyards. They are within the sight of Bonn, Beethoven’s city and Germany’s former capital. They remember Roman footsteps near the amphitheater at Trier and they hear Mercedes-Benz engines hum at Stuttgart. There are vineyards at Heidelberg, Worms and Würzburg, near the spa at Baden-Baden and even in the alpines around Lake Konstanz.
Wine festivals in Germany are as diverse as the products they celebrate! They are also long lasting, as some date back nearly 500 years. Typically, they take place in the courtyards of ancient castles, in village squares, on vineyard slopes and in city streets. However, no matter where they are held, all celebrate the harvest of the grapes whose products will be enjoyed throughout the world! Germany has approximately 1,250 wine festivals every year too, so there are plenty of options for celebrating! These festivals range in size and scope, from small counters serving two varieties to large street festivals featuring hundreds of booths and thousands of vintages. Some last for a single evening, while others take place over multiple weekends over a two month period!
The entertainment at these Weinfests is as varied as the populations of the cities in which the festivals take place. Weinfests feature every sort of music from rock and roll to Bavarian oom-pah. Naturally, there are parades featuring proud lord mayors and comely wine queens! The spirit is further enhanced by displays of antique wine as well as growing and processing equipment and colorful floral arrangements.
The food is, as always, is of course plentiful! Regional favorites are often featured, and cheese, pretzels, cookies, confections, and sausages! All the specialties prized by Germans and non-Germans alike play a very important role in the celebrations. After all, what is good wine without a pairing of good food!