Wine Growing Regions


Wine Growing Regions

There is much to discover in Germany's winegrowing regions - breathtaking landscapes, history, wine culture, hospitality and enjoyment.

If you are seeking an active holiday, then you can try water-skiing or kite flying on the Mosel, kayaking down the River Main, free climbing in Württemberg or exploring on a motor scooter in the Pfalz.

Wine and Wellness

Wine routes take visitors to the most beautiful highlights whether hiking, cycling or driving. Some wine country can only be explored by foot, yet longer tours that follow a river are also ideal by bike.

There are many interesting activities, events, wine festivals, historical sights and nature reserves on offer in each German wine region.Tourist information offices in the different regions have special hiking and cycling maps, including prepared tour suggestions and package deals.

Cosy countryside wine taverns

The typical "Straußwirtschaften" run by the vintners and only open during the summer season, invite you to rest and take in the local atmosphere. Look for a bouquet or broom hanging out the front to indicate that it is open. Here the vintners serve their guests homemade wine with inexpensive regional food. Some winegrowers offer overnight stays which is a blissful culmination to an eventful day in the wine regions, and a perfect way to experience local hospitality. Wine regions play an integral part in Germany’s culture and history. Enjoy!


The Ahr is one of Germany's northernmost and smallest wine regions (Video), with vineyards extending only 24 km along the Ahr River. It is famed for its red wines, particularly Spätburgunder. read more


Baden is the southernmost of Germany's wine regions (Video). It is primarily a long, slim strip of vineyards nestled between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River, extending some 400 km from north to south. read more


Franken wine has been grown on the hilly slopes lining the Main River and its tributaries for over 1200 years (Video). It is traditionally bottled in a Bocksbeutel, making it easily recognisable and one of the hallmarks of Franken’s finest wines. read more

Hessische Bergstraße

The tiny wine region Hessische Bergstrasse (Videos) takes its name from an old Roman trade route known as the strata montana, or mountain road. read more


This beautiful UNESCO region of steep, terraced vineyards and some of the wine world's most stunning scenery (Video), stretches through the Rhine Valley between Bonn and Bingen. read more


The Mosel Valley, a gorge the river carved between the Hunsrück and Eifel hills, and the valleys of its tributaries, the Saar and Ruwer rivers (Video). It is steeped in 2000 years of wine history. read more


The Nahe region is named after the river that traverses the valleys of the forested Hunsrück Hills as it gently flows toward Bingen on the Rhine (Video). The region is small yet contains an extraordinary range of soil types. read more


Bordered by Rheinhessen on the north and France on the south and west, the Pfalz's vineyards sweep across this remarkably pretty, peaceful land for nearly 80 uninterrupted kilometers (Video). read more


The Rheingau is one of the most distinguished wine regions of the world (Video), famed for its wine history, prestigious estates, discovery of delaying harvest times to produce noble sweet wines, riesling and more. read more


Germany's largest wine region, Rheinhessen, lies in a valley of gentle rolling hills (Video). Varied soils and the favorable climate make it possible to grow many grape varieties, old and new. read more


Vines have been cultivated since AD 998 on the hillsides lining the Saale and Unstrut rivers which lend their name to this small region (Video).  It is among the northernmost of Europe's traditional wine regions. read more


Sachsen is Germany's easternmost and smallest wine-growing region (Video). Its recorded viticultural history dates from 1161 when the Church and aristocracy were responsible for the development of the vineyards. There is also a wealth of art and architectural gems. read more


Württemberg is known as Germany's premier red wine region (Video). Nearly 70 percent of its vineyards are planted with red grape varieties, the most famous of which is still Trollinger.  read more