the Rhine, the Ahr & the Vines
to Germany know Bonn
as the birthplace of Beethoven with the annual Beethoven festival
held in his honor in the fall. The University brings students
from around the world to study. The region surrounding Bonn
also attracts wine lovers. The area around the city offers wine
lovers a choice: white wine is cultivated in the Siebengebirge,
and red wine has a long tradition in the Ahr valley.
It should come as no surprise that wine growing has had a long
tradition in the areas near Bonn. The Romans are said to have
brought grape vines to the Rhine. At the Rheinaue
Park there are still vines tracing their heritage back to
river from the city you'll find the mountainous area known as
the Siebengebirge. This section of Germany belongs to the wine
region Middlerhein. There are about 20 hectares of vineyards
growing here with melodious names like Rosenhügel
(rose hill), Goldfüßchen (golden little
foot) and Drachenfels (dragon's rock).
In the wine-growing
villages of Niederdollendorf, Oberdollendorf, Königswinter
and Rhöndorf visitors will find mainly Riesling, Müller-Thurgau
and Kerner. In the Ahr valley on the other side of the Rhine
one will find primarily red wine, such as the mild and fruity
Portugieser or the velvety and heady Spätburgunder.
Ahr dug deeply into the mountains on its way to the Rhine, so
that the grapes on the 520 hectares of vineyards located in
this protected valley grow in an almost Mediterranean climate.
On the rocky hillsides, dedicated wine growers produce wines
which are recognized as being among the best wines in Germany.
than three decades the 35 kilometer long Rotweinwanderweg
(red wine hiking trail) from Altenahr to Bad Bodendorf through
the steep vineyard terraces, has been a very popular hiking
trail. Comfortable wine taverns, vintner’s cottages and
the cellars of the wine growers’ cooperatives in the Ahr
valley as well as in the Siebengebirge
are always open for guests. There are numerous wine
festivals taking place in the individual villages from the
end of August until the end of autumn. These Winzerfest
provide wine lovers with a wonderful opportunity to improve
their knowledge of the regional wines from the Rhine and the
Bonn offers something quite special: it is the so-called Beethoven
wine. This wine is more than just an advertising product, as
it comes from a winery at the river Moselle called Köwerich,
the family Beethoven's mother came from.
information or offers for the wines from the Siebengebirge please
contact the Tourismus Siebengebirge GmbH, www.siebengebirge.com.