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Mainz is the seat of the German Wine Institute which oversees the industry and sets standards for the nation’s 14,500 commercial vintners. The Institute also conducts instruction for the gastronomy and hotel industries teaching and certifying aspiring vintners, sommeliers, restauranteurs, wait-staff and enthusiasts about viticulture,wine-making,wine evaluation and service, marketing and sales. The VDP or Association of German Premium Wine Producers, 204 leading growers devoted to the highest quality, is likewise headquartered in Mainz.
Wine Bars and RestaurantsNo fewer than 33 restaurants and wine bars are officially listed in the Mainz Wine Lovers‘ Guide of which 10 are definitely upscale. All are user friendly featuring local, regional, German and international taste treats.Even the smallest will make you feel at home.
This does not include the countless Strausswirtschaften or small „garage“ wineries who offer homecooking four months a year so that they may show their wines in best light. They are located in the suburbs or rural areas directly adjacent to Mainz City, often right where the vines grow.
The „Strauss“ or „bouquet“ is a small bunch of sticks, sometimes forming a straw broom or „Besen“ hung at the gate. Prices are dirt cheap , the wines simple, and the food „deftig“ – stick-to the-ribs, down-home good. The Guide recommends nine. The tradition goes back 1,200 years to Charlemagne!
Three Wine Museums, Two Major Sparkling Wine ProducersThe Mainz Landesmuseum, the Kupferberg Wine and Sparkling Wine Museum, both in Mainz, and the German Vineyard Museum in nearby Oppenheim,offer in-depth insights into viticulture, German wine production in general,in the past and now.
Germans enjoy sparkling wine, both as whites and rosés. Mainz hosts two of Germany’s premiere producers, Goldhand in Walpodenstrasse 3; and, the highly ornate, fin-du-siècle Kupferberg Cellars on the Kupferbergterrasse. Both are open to visitors for tours and tastings. Call ahead for reservations.
Place: The House of German Wines The House of German Wines boasting the most comprehensive list of German growths is situated in the heart of the City, adjacent the Opera House beneath of the Institute.
Gutenbergplatz 3, 55116 Mainz
Phone: 06131/22 13 00
Place: The Weinhaus WilhemiMainz's oldest Wine Bar - and one of its most beautiful. A famed meeting place for all wine enthusiasts, Weinhaus Wilhelmi´s wonderful jolly spirit is contagious resulting in packed surroundings. Too crowded, so what! Make room for one more!
Rheinstrasse 51, 55116 Mainz
Phone: 06131/22 49 49
Venues: Schloss Johannisberg, Schloss Reinhardtshausen and Eberbach Monastery Wineries,Just a few minutes away from Mainz across the Rhine in the Rheingau growing area, these three famous wineries, among others, are of extreme historical and cultural importance and have been for centuries. Their history, inseparable from that of Mainz, and every step along these scenic pathways is embedded in a landscape which is undoubtedly one of Germany's most beautiful.
Venue: M. Sterk WineryWhat to do with the kids when the grow-ups want to sit back and enjoy the wine? The M Sterk Winery north of Mainz has a good solution! This Strausswirtschaft offers a large meadow where children can play, romp and rollick, swing, kick a soccer ball, or stroke the baby animals in the petting zoo while adults enjoy their wine with a beautiful view of Rheinhessen´s hills and vales during warm weather. Sterk´s wine bar also comfortable and inviting when the weather is cool or inclement.
Laurenziberg 32, 55435 Gau-Algesheim
Hours: Fridays from 7 p.m.,
Sat. from 5 p.m. Sundays and Holidays from 4 p.m.
Phone: 06725/26 66
"The Pleasures of Wine" - BrochureWine history, wine taverns and wine related culinary treats in and around the Mainz region. This brochure is free of charge and can be obtained from the Mainz Central Tourism office in the City hall or by calling 06131 / 28 62 10
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|Wine Cultivation and Wine Trade|| Sektkellerei C.A. Kupferberg|
German Vineyard Museum
The German Wine Institute
Rheinhessen´s wine-growers´ affiliations