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Wine Travel in Baden-Württemberg: “Winesome Experiences” we’ve had!

I really like those Wine Experience Guides. You just cannot help but fall for their sense of humour, wit & knowledge. More than a 100 are working on conveying unique wine experiences in the wine districts around the city of Heilbronn, with four of them being “ours” for the days we spent exploring this area. “The wine called Du & Ich is especially popular with newly-weds.” – “Now, let’s just head into the Wengerter vineyard hut.” – “Here, you can enter your coordinates … each treasure you find will lead you on to another.” – “The Rollender Trollinger is especially popular with tour groups.”

Wengerter hut? Treasure chest? Rollender TrollingerDo not worry, I had to equally give this a thought or two despite German being my mother tongue. Wengerter = Winemaker; treasure chest (using a GPS to locate wine treasures!) okay, but “Rollender Trollinger”?! What is this? Well then. Let’s hear! Let me introduce you to my kind of wine experience guide in the southern red wine district of Germany!

Die dicken Trauben der Rebsorte Trollinger sind gerade reif zum Ernten.

Fat, juicy grapes of the Trollinger wine variety are just about ready for being harvested (or eaten 😉 ).

Schenk’ noch mal ein: Bei der „fahrenden Weinprobe“, dem „rollenden Trollinger“! wird besonders gerne nachgeschenkt.

Do pour me a glass: The “Rollender Trollinger” is a mobile wine tasting station right in the vineyards around the city of Heilbronn!

Ist sie nicht wunderschön, die Weinlandschaft hier? Die sanft abfallenden Weinberge mit ihren bewaldeten Kuppen hier im WeinSüden von Baden-Württemberg erinnern mich sowohl in Farbe als auch in Form gar ein wenig an meine Heimat, das niederösterreichische Kamptal-Weinbaugebiet.

Isn’t the landscape beautiful to look at here, now with all the autumn colours adding their special flair? Thinking about the gently rolling hills with the forest-capped mountain tops actually makes me remember my very own home wine growing district, the Lower Austrian Kamptal valley.

Wo sind wir hier? Rund um die Stadt Heilbronn bietet der "WeinSüden" von Baden-Württemberg so einige spannende Ausflugsziele.

Where are we here? Around the city of Heilbronn, countless “winesome” experiences beckon for a visit.

 

Wine Experience No. 1: Culinary Wine Tasting with Claudia Steinbrenner at the Wine Hotel Rappenhof

Arrive to enjoy is the first thing that comes to my mind when remembering the Wine Hotel Rappenhof. Sascha Schmidt and his aunt Elisabeth Wurster are in charge of this beautiful house that sits atop a wine terraced hill, offering many vantage points across the surrounding landscape. They are excellent hosts, very knowledgeable about wine and lovers of great (organic) food: No wonder we have come to do a culinary wine tasting here. Claudia Steinbrenner is our first so-called “wine experience guide”: “Certified wine guide for the Weinsberg valley and Heilbronn – come, experience and explore,” is what her card reads. Well, this is just what we have come to do enjoying the company of our hosts over four different wine courses as part of our opening gourmet experience. Nice!

Das Weinhotel Rappenhof steht für viel Liebe zum Detail. Gleich am Eingang begrüßt uns dieser freundliche Empfang und stimmt uns auf den tollen, nachfolgenden Abend ein.

The Wine Hotel Rappenhof represents an eye for detail – and a love of great food (and wine). Of course!

Am Tisch kann Claudia Steinbrenner als WeinErlebnisFührerin bereits mit der ersten Überraschung aufwarten: In diesem köstlichen Verkostungskörbchen finden sich alle Weintrauben, deren Weine wir im Laufe des Abends kosten werden.

Meeting us at the table, is this cute little basket prepared by our wine experience guide Claudia Steinbrenner, who uses it to introduce us to several different grape varieties of the area.

Mahlzeit aus dem WeinSüden von Deutschland: Passend zum Wild gibt es Cabernet Mitos, eine autochthone Rotweinsorte aus Deutschlands Rotweinregion Nummer Eins!

Enjoy your meal in the southern red wine district of Germany: Cabernet Mitos perfectly suits this venison dish and is a native variety to this area.

Dieses Plätzchen auf dem Balkon unseres Zimmers im Weinhotel Rappenhof ist mir eines der liebsten im ganzen Haus.

My favourite spot in the entire Rappenhof hotel: Outside on the terrace overlooking the surrounding hilltops.

 

Wine Experience No. 2: Hiking with Torches / Night-time Tour De Vin with Nicole Koppenhöfer

Nicole Koppenhöfer, I think, must have had a love affair with wine before everything else. “I only became a wine lover after marrying my husband, a wine grower himself”, she laughs while sharing her profound wine knowledge with us. She simply does not tire to tell us all there is to know about wine & (hi)stories here, despite the late hour of this night-time tour. We meet her on top of a hill overlooking her home town Löwenstein, one of the highest vineyard sites in the Heilbronn wine growing district. As part of our night-time tour de vin experience, we are all handed individual torches as well as practical pouches to store our tasting glasses during the walk. “So you can take pictures, use your hands and still hold on to your torches while carrying your wine glass”, she smiles. If you get hungry, Nicole has fresh, home-made bakery to offer and even takes us to her very own vineyard hut, called Wengerter in the local dialect. Quite an experience: Thank you for an unforgettable night, Nicole!

WeinErlebnisFührung der anderen Art: Im Schimmer unserer Fackeln an verschiedenen Stationen entlang der Weinberge Wein zu verkosten, ist schon ein besonderes Sinnes-Erlebnis.

Wine experience of a different kind: Enjoy a night-time tour with Nicole near the city of Heilbronn.

Nicole Koppenhöfer wie sie leibt und lebt: Vielen Dank für die zahlreichen guten Weine!

Our wonderful guide showcasing one of her estate’s typical wines: Thank you for a really special evening in Baden-Württemberg!

Burg Löwenstein im Mondenschein ... Romantisch verträumt, so ein nächtliches Wein-Erlebnis.!

The castle ruin Löwenstein in the light of the crescent moon … Beautiful.

 

Wine Expereince No. 3: “Trollinger Tracker” GPS treasure hunt with Saskia Wörthwein

“The GPS has no touch screen, after all I do not want you to become too spoiled from using your Smartphone. Or shall we say: Just make the extra effort here, please!” our third certified “wine experience guide” Saskia laughs while trying to maintain a stern look and giving orders to a bunch of grown-up kids. Are we paying attention to her explanations of the “Trollinger Tracker treasure hunt” through the vineyards of Michaelsberg in the wine district Zabergäu? Four of us there are, with two GPS trackers trying to find the Trollinger wine treasure. Like kids, but the reward is wine for the grown-ups, hehe. It does not only come as a reward at the end, though – such is the look over the land, the sweet tasting of the grapes and the good company we form that we shall never quite forget this treasure hunting trip. 😀

Schatzsuche 2.0: Ausgestattet mit GPS-Geräten heben wir schon wenigen Minuten nach Einweisung in das "Trollinger-Tracken" diese erste Schatzkiste!

Treasure hunt 2.0: Equipped with our tracking devices, it is not easy to locate our first treasure along the way.

Ich liebe es, von den reifen Trauben am Wegesrand zu naschen ... Ihr? ;)

I really love to steal one or two of those juicy grapes along the wayside … you?!

So sehen echte Sieger aus: Wir haben ihn gefunden, unseren Schatz - einen typischen Trollinger-Wein aus dem #WeinSüden Baden-Württembergs.

This is what real winners look like, having found the Trollinger treasure chest – yay!

 

Wine Experience No. 4: “Rollender Trollinger” Mobile Wine Tasting with Regine Sommerfeld

First, I open one eye, then the second. Waggling both ears. Checking my watch: Oh dear. It is 09.25 in the morning. In front of me, two large tractors with carriages full of happy, singing “golden girls & boys”! Am I right here??, I am thinking while having to smile over the letters of “Der Rollende Trollinger” mobile wine tasting. And I must say, after one or two of those trips right through the vineyards, we are friends with everyone around us. Regine Sommerfeld, our final wine experience guide, comments with happiness and heartfelt emotions about “her wine” in this land. She clearly knows a story or two about the local wine growers and their wines such as Lemberger or Trollinger grape varieties. Go check it out – in one of the large vineyard vintage tractors!

Fahrende Weinprobe inmitten der Weingärten des Zabergäu westlich von Heilbronn- ein einmaliges Regionserlebnis.

Mobile wine tasting amidet the Zabergäu wine district close to the city of Heilbronn – a unique wine experience.

Inmitten des Anhängers schafft die Verkostungs-Bar ein raffiniertes System, um während der Fahrt durch die Weingärten auch ja nichts zu verschütten.

Tasting set inside the carriage pulled by the tractor right across the vineyards – clever idea!

Vollmundig, diese Weine hier in Baden-Württemberg: Start der Weinprobe mit einem Muskateller-Wein aus der Region im Rahmen der Fahrenden Weinprobe durch die Weingärten. Super!

We start with tasting this light and refreshing Muskateller (at 10.00 in the morning) while continuing to enjoy the wine landscape in Germany’s Number 1 red wine district.

 

Disclaimer: Thank you so much to Heilbronner Land and especially Tanja Seegelke for the excellent support and advice on this wine trip to Southern Germany. All opinions are my own.

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