The German Wine Route is shaped by many factors:
All this singles the region out, making it what it is today: a picturesque area of land in the south-east of the Palatinate, with a charming landscape, sleepy villages and fun-loving people who exude genuine friendliness and warmth.
Vineyards are planted to the right and left of the German Wine Route. While variegated sandstone weathered soils are predominantly found in the north, ideal for growing Riesling grapes, there are more chalky, heavier soils in the south on which Burgundy grapes flourish extremely well.
Alongside the "Palatinate" wine-producing area, which essentially comprises the vineyards to the left and right of the German Wine Route, there is also the German Wine Route "holiday destination" as well as the Haardt region, the eastern edge of the Palatinate Forest to the west of the Wine Route. The Palatinate Forest is the largest continuous area of forest in Germany. It is criss-crossed by a dense network of signposted hiking trails.
The Palatinate "market garden" extends to the east of the Wine Route, where salad produce and asparagus are grown. This market garden overlaps into the Rhine Valley.
But the region is predominantly shaped by wine-growing, a factor that also shapes the countryside.
On average the sun shines for 1,800 hours a year along the German Wine Route. This climate is reminiscent of many Mediterranean countries and so it is no wonder that kiwis, figs and lemons also grow here.
The local Palatinate people are known for their hospitality. There's always a place left for visitors at tables at the many wine festivals. The Palatinate people love sharing and often a glass is passed around for everyone to drink from. However, it is slightly more problematical understanding the local Palatinate people, particularly as the evening draws on and more alcohol is consumed.
Here in the Palatinate, we like celebrating ... in fact we love celebrating. It therefore goes without saying that we celebrate the first wine festival on the appearance of the first almond blossom and from then on, right through to the beginning of November, there is no weekend without a wine festival.
Alongside the wine festivals, there are many other events, like concerts, exhibitions, theatre, cabaret and much more.
If you wanted one word to describe the German Wine Route it would probably be "enjoyment".
In this region you can enjoy what is grown and harvested, what is served on a plate and in a glass. You can also enjoy the landscape, the many and varied things to see and do, the hospitality of the Palatinate people and, above all, the beauty of the countryside.
We warmly invite you to enjoy the German Wine Route!