The Pfalz and its Riesling
With 23,500 hectares, the Pfalz is the second largest wine-growing region in Germany and the home of the "King of White Wines". We are talking about Riesling, which not only makes the hearts of German wine lovers beat faster, but has long since become an international star. The Mittelhaardt region in particular is known for the most expensive and at the same time most sought-after Riesling wines in the world, which are considered to be particularly elegant and finely structured. Not only have the many hours of sunshine in the Pfalz contributed to the even ripening of the grape varieties, but also the pleasantly cool winds from the Haardt Mountains. Besides the white Riesling, the Pfalz also turns out to be the largest German red wine region with the preferred grape varieties Dornfelder, Pinot Noir and Portugieser. Particularly noteworthy is the outstanding work of the winegrowers, who saved the ancient grape variety St. Laurent from extinction and today produce exceptionally velvety red wines. Wines of strong character are brought to the forefront by the different soils of the Pfalz. For example, the subsoils limestone, loam, basalt or clay contribute to the most diverse aromas in the glass. The wine region offers an all-round carefree package, as the winegrowers skilfully combine national and international grape varieties and combine old traditions with new methods to create unique wines from the Pfalz.
Wine, Culture and Tourism - Welcome to the Pfalz
Wine from the Pfalz has a long history that goes back to the time of the Romans. Today the Pfalz extends from Worms to the French border and impresses tourists with a fantastic landscape of vineyards, castles and the Haardt, which belongs to the Pfalz Forest. Some highlights make a visit to the wine region Pfalz unforgettable. For example, since 1935 there is Germany's oldest wine route, which connects most of the Pfalz winegrowing communities. Furthermore, you should not miss the oldest wine festival in the world, the Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt. At this event, only high-quality wines and sparkling wines are served, with Riesling being a must have for every participating winegrower. This is also a good opportunity to get to know the exciting fantasy names of the more than 300 wine sites, which almost always have a historical origin and a strong influence on the names of the wines. Particularly well known sites are, for example, Gimmeldinger Meeresspinne, Forster Ungeheuer or Deidesheimer Paradiesgarten.
Tradition and modernity - Winemakers from the Pfalz know their craft
A true wine visionary and absolute wine talent is Markus Schneider, who initially owned only one hectare vineyard and grew it to over 92 hectares with a lot of work and passion. With his new courageous methods and combinations, Markus Schneider's wines have meanwhile become a worldwide sensation and a proud figurehead of the Pfalz.