Best vineyard views

Best vineyard view 2016
Region: Pfalz

Burgruine Wachtenburg

On the outskirts of Wachenheim, the Best Vineyard View in the Palatinate Region for 2016 provides vistas over the ruins of the Wachtenburg – the symbol of the historic wine-growing city on the German Wine Route. The oldest sections of the castle date back to the 12th century, and its rectangular keep served as a residence and defence structure.

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Best vineyard view 2016
Region: Sachsen

Proschwitz

Zadel, near Meißen, is where Georg Prinz zur Lippe runs Saxony’s oldest private winery, the Weingut Schloss Proschwitz. There, between Grauburgunder and Weißburgunder vines, stands the stele denoting the Best Vineyard View in the Sachsen Region for 2016.

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Best vineyard view 2016
Region: Baden

Dasenstein

The point where the Black Forest meets the Rhine Valley is also the place where the Rebland wine region sprawls around the town of Kappelrodeck, and where the Dasenstein soars up: Centuries ago, a beautiful damsel, the daughter of Rodeck Castle’s owner, fell in love with a poor farmer’s son.

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Best vineyard view 2012
Region: Württemberg

Himmelsleiter

The Himmelsleiter takes you to the viewpoint high above the Neckar and Enz rivers. The 400-step Jacob’s Ladder passes through the hillside wineries on Besigheim’s Niedernberg. The climb was rewarded by Wines of Germany with the label of Best Vineyard View in the Württemberg Region for 2012.

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Best vineyard view 2016
Region: Mittelrhein

Krahnenberg

The Krahnenberg is the local hill in the town of Andernach. It owes its name to the Old Krahnen, a historic tower crane on the shores of the Rhine, which was in operation until 1911, primarily to load millstones, tuff, and wine. The hiking trail to the vineyard view passes from here through the Andernacher Stadtwald forest and up to the lookout point on the Krahnenberg.

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Best vineyard view 2012
Region: Sachsen

Belvedere, Wackerbarth Castle

The Best Vineyard View in the Sachsen Region for 2012 provides a spectacular vista of the unique cluster, comprising the Belvedere summer residence, the baroque garden, and Wackerbarth Castle, nestled amidst the stunning landscape of Saxony’s Elbe Valley.

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Best vineyard view 2012
Region: Mosel

Saar River Loop between Wiltingen and Kanzem

Since 2007, the Mosel wine-growing region has also included the vineyards in the Saar and Ruwer valleys. This explains why Wines of Germany named the area around the Saar River Loop between Wiltingen and Kanzem the Mosel Region’s Best Vineyard View in 2012.

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Best vineyard view 2016
Region: Mosel

Zummethöhe, Trittenheim

The section of the Moselsteig longdistance hiking trail from Leiwen to Neumagen-Dhron circles the Mosel River Loop near Trittenheim. Following varied paths over rocks and streams, and through vineyards and forests, the trail also passes by the Zummethöhe. The Best Vineyard View in the Mosel for 2016 is a superb vista over the Mosel River Loop and the wine-growing towns of the Middle Mosel.

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Best vineyard view 2012
Region: Pfalz

Villa Ludwigshöhe

The picture-postcard scenery around Rhodt, an enchanting wine-growing town with chestnut-lined streets, was named the Best Vineyard View in the Palatinate Region for 2012. The lookout point marked by the stele provides a breathtaking panoramic view.                                

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Best vineyard view 2016
Region: Nahe

Meddersheim vineyards

Wines of Germany elected the area between Idar-Oberstein and Bad Kreuznach, providing views over the Meddersheim vineyards of Altenberg, Edelberg, and Rheingrafenberg, the Best Vineyard View in the Nahe wine-growing region for 2016.

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Best vineyard view 2012
Region: Hessische Bergstraße

Bensheim Paulus

From Heppenheim, head up into the vineyards along three different themed routes – the Weinlagenwanderweg, Blütenweg and the Wein und Stein Erlebnispfad - hiking through the vineyards of the Hessische Bergstraße region, and past many small wineries. A striking stele at the Bensheimer Paulus vineyard marks the Best Vineyard View in the Hessische Bergstraße region for 2012.

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Best vineyard view 2012
Region: Rheinhessen

Brudersberg

The Best Vineyard View in the Rheinhessen Region for 2012 can be found on Nierstein’s Brudersberg. In clear weather, the view extends east ward over the Hessian Ried region as far as Frankfurt, north-eastward to the Taunus Mountains with the Großer Feldberg, and south-eastward over the Rhine River Loop near Oppenheim as far as the Odenwald with the Melibokus hill.

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Best vineyard view 2012
Region: Baden

Lerchenberg memorial

The hike to the Best Vineyard View in Baden for 2012 takes you along the Weinkundeweg wine trail, through Spätburgunder vines to the Lerchenberg memorial, which provides sweeping panoramic views of the glittering Lake Constance and its Mainau Island, the city of Konstanz and the mountains of Austria and Switzerland.

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Best vineyard view 2012
Region: Rheingau

Geisenheimer Rothenberg

Ever since being named one of Germany’s Best Vineyard Views, the spectacular vista from the Rothenberg has been enjoyed by an increasing number of people. The peaks of the Taunus soar up in the north, while the view up the Rhine covers Schloss Johannisberg and the vineyards of Wiesbaden and Mainz.

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Best vineyard view 2016
Region: Hessische Bergstraße

Heppenheimer Eckweg

A map at the “Gute Zeit, böse Zeit” fountain in Heppenheim provides information on all the vineyards in the Hessische Bergstraße region, particularly the Heppenheimer Eckweg vineyard, which forms part of the larger Heppenheimer Schlossberg estate. The Eckweg was officially documented as early as the year 1200.

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Best vineyard view 2012
Region: Saale-Unstrut

Vineyard of Max-Klinger, Naumburger Blütengrund

Großjena near Naumburg is home to the idyllic Blütengrund region, where the Unstrut opens out into the Saale River. The soft light and intense hues of the landscape delighted the artist Max Klinger so much that he bought a vineyard in the Blütengrund in 1903.

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Best vineyard view 2016
Region: Ahr

Sondersberg

The Sondersberg Viewpoint, which rises above the wine-growing village of Dernau, offers spectacular views of the Ahr Valley. Dernau’s oldest wine estate, the Schlosshof, had the viewing platform built on the Sondersberg, in the middle of the Schieferlay location.

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Best vineyard view 2012
Region: Mittelrhein

Wingertshäusje Leutesdorf

The Wingertshäusje in Leutesdorf is located right on the steep slopes of the Andernacher Pforte – the narrow point of the valley where the Rhine, flowing from the Neuwied Basin, bursts through the rocks and wends its way north. Few other places showcase the typical Middle Rhine landscape in as concentrated a form as the Best Vineyard View in the Mittelrhein Region for 2012.

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Best vineyard view 2012
Region: Ahr

Altenahrer Eck

The Altenahrer Eck vineyard is named after the Ekka castle complex, which was razed to the ground in 1249. At its western end, the vineyard borders onto the ruins of Are Castle, while its eastern boundary is formed by the Ravenley, a striking rock formation above the Altenahr district of Reimerzhoven. The terraced vineyards are particularly steep here, but their weathered shale and greywacke soils produce outstanding wines.

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Best vineyard view 2012
Region: Nahe

Friedensbrücke Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg

The circular hiking trail along the Friedensbrücke over the Nahe River starts between the towns of Bad Münster Stein-Ebernburg and Norheim. To the right of the bridge is the stele which directs your gaze upriver to the Best Vineyard View in the Nahe Region for 2012 – the spectacular red rock with the Bastei and Steigerdell vineyards.

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