The Red Wine Trail

 
A couple of weeks ago we headed off to the Ahr Valley for the weekend. The weather forecast was not scintillating but the Sunday turned out better than expected. We were happy about this as a walk amongst the impressive vineyards was on the cards. In fact, as we made our way up the picturesque trail, we all agreed that the clouds partially masking the sun and a temperature in the low twenties was just perfect.

 

Wineyards in the Ahr Valley - Germany

 
The Ahr region is one of the most famous red wine producing spots in Germany, with a strong emphasis on the Spรคtburgunder variety. The first vine stocks were planted by the Romans, with the vineyards now covering 520 hectares. It is by far not the biggest wine making area and the steepness of the slopes means that looking after and harvesting the grapes is hard work. The result is however high quality and often award-winning wines.

 

Wineyards in the Ahr Valley - Germany

 
The Red Wine Trail, which opened in 1972, is 35 km long and connects the numerous wine villages. There are several itineraries available, all offering fantastic sights. As we stood at the top of a hill crowned with the remains of a fortified castle, we were blessed with breathtaking views of the green vine leaves and the silver Ahr River shimmering on its way to the Rhine.

 

Wineyards in the Ahr Valley - Germany

 
A plethora of wine festivals are organised every year starting in May through to October. You can choose from historical ones with a medieval flair to more traditional versions. The crowning of the “Wine Queen” or the nighttime harvest, with 10’000 lights shining in the darkness, are extremely popular. Often the festival ends with a magnificent fireworks display.

 

Wineyards in the Ahr Valley - Germany

 
Needless to say there are plenty of wine tasting opportunities and many delightful places where to enjoy the specialties of the region. And this is exactly how we ended up our lovely afternoon wander!

 

Wineyards in the Ahr Valley - Germany

Wineyards in the Ahr Valley - Germany

Wineyards in the Ahr Valley - Germany

Wineyards in the Ahr Valley - Germany

 Wineyards in the Ahr Valley - Germany

Wineyards in the Ahr Valley - Germany

 

 

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27 thoughts on “The Red Wine Trail

  1. Funky Wellies Post author

    It was a fantastic day out indeed! I do want to spend more time there, it really is so lovely and interesting.
    Thank you for hosting the linky! xx

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  2. Charly Dove

    Wow what an incredible vineyard, it looks amazing there. Sounds like you had a fantastic time and got to reap the rewards as it were. Would be rude not to taste the wine wouldn’t it! The wine festivals are something else I’m sure. Fabulous post, thank you you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

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    1. Funky Wellies Post author

      It is very beautiful and I can confirm that their wines taste fantastic too! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I will have to attend one of the festivals… and write another post, I guess!
      You are welcome, my pleasure to link up. xx

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    1. Funky Wellies Post author

      Easy to take great photos there, I tell you! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Tasting the wine where it is produced makes it a tiny bit more special too, I find. xx

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    1. Funky Wellies Post author

      I totally thought it looked like a heart too… ๐Ÿ˜€
      And I am sure you would make a fantastic wine queen! xx

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    1. Funky Wellies Post author

      Thank you, I definitely want to go back and explore more! I definitely recommend visiting a vineyard… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Funky Wellies Post author

      Thank you! I bet you would have liked these temperatures for your hikes…
      It was a fantastic day, tasting and all! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

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  4. Markus

    I’m pretty sure I have driven through some of the region when I was younger, but don’t remember staying there or stopping off there? but I have heard of the beauty of the Ahr region!

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  5. Lesley Beeton

    What a lovely idea. We had similar in South Africa, and of course I’ve been on several wine routes in Australia. I do miss that in England although we do have a local award-winning vineyard at Denbies – my favourite from there is ‘Surrey Gold’ x.

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    1. Funky Wellies Post author

      Would love to do this in South Africa and Australia too! I have visited vineyards in California, it was fantastic as well.
      Surrey Gold? Now that sounds interesting! xx

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