Thanks to its mild climate, countless southern plants thrive in the Palatinate – even outdoors. Figs, bananas, kiwi fruit, lemons, peaches, melons as well as pines and cypress trees are just a few examples of the plants that thrive here.
Many southern plants are regarded as exotic plants – but there are also some that have made the Palatinate their home.
Almonds - they're to be found on the right and left of the Wine Route. And they date back hundreds of years. In the 19th century, almonds had a significant role in fruit production in the region, while today they are used to line avenues and are the messengers announcing the arrival of spring in the region, crucial for scheduling the first wine festival of the year.
"Keschde" - chestnuts, the Romans brought sweet chestnut trees to our region. They were used to feed the people and their animals and the chestnut wood was used for wine-growing. Today chestnuts are not only used commercially, but still characterise the image of the German Wine Route.
Figs - there are over 50,000 fig trees along the German Wine Route and during the fig harvest season there are always so-called "Fig Exchanges" online, where figs can be offered for sale and found.
The typical fruit along the German Wine Road is, of course, grapes for wine. It almost exclusively shapes the landscape. The vines were also introduced by the Romans, because the conditions were ideal here for wine production. Still today, grapes are grown here and used to produce outstanding wines. And even today, exotic species, like the Tempranillo, otherwise grown in Spain, or the Nebbiolo, originally from Piedmont, are grown in the region.
But these are only the exotic species, and varieties like Riesling and Burgundy are more at home here. Learn more about the Palatinate wine-growing region and its vine varieties here...