The German wine festivals
There is a famous German Wine Route which was established in 1933. It is said that in 1934 there was a record harvest and a new one was expected in 1935, so Gauleiter Josef Bürckel had the idea of establishing a wine road to connect all villages around in the purpose of boosting the wine sales. This Wine Route was opened in October 1935. The existing roads along the route were renamed and their new names had to contain Weinstrasse. The villages were also renamed as they had to add “an der Weinstrasse” to their names. The Wine Gate, located on the Frenchborder near Wissembourg, makes the start of the route. The route then traverses the Palatinate wine region and this famous German Wine Route is marked by many open-air festivals. These are the German wine festivals.
The annual festivals
Over 60% of the German wine is produced in the Palatinate region. Germany is a wine country with international reputation. Some say that Germany has the most elegant and aromatically pure white wines, although other sees the German wines as cheap common semi-sweet wines. However, the German seem to appreciate their wines and that is why they celebrate the Wine Road by the means of these festivals along the year. Like many of other German festivals, the wine festivals are held annually in summer and autumn (from March to October) and attract lots of tourists. The first wine festival is held in March in Gimmeldingen and the exact date depends on the start of the flowering. The festival is called Mandelblütenfestor „Almond Blossom Festival”. Out of the German wine festivals, the largest one is held in Bad Dürkheim in Wurstmarkt, right in front of the world’s largest wine barrel. Some other remarkable festivals are the Stadtmauerfest in Freinsheim in July and the Deidesheimer Weinkerwe in the town of Deidesheim, in August. During the wine fest in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, called Deutsches Weinlesefest, a German Wine Queen is selected each October.
Some facts about the festivals
The wine is served in 500 ml glasses, unlike the other festivals that serve wine in 250 ml glasses. The shape of these glasses is specific to the Palatinate region. They are called Dubbeglass. You can also see along the route the famous half-litre Schopenglass, which is also specific for this festival. The wine route is closed for motorized vehicles on the last weekend in August.