The »Deutsche Weinstraße« (German Wine Route) is situated between the hilly foothills of the »Pfälzerwald« (Palatinate Forest) and the Rhine plain. The oldest and most well-known German tourist wine route, forming the backbone of the Palatinate wine-growing region, commences in the north at Bockenheim and ends after about 85 kilometers in Schweigen on the border with Elsace. The German Wine Route has been the quintessence of quality in wine and tourism for more than 70 years.
Adventure for walkers and cyclists
What was born out of necessity in 1935 has in the meantime found imitators in many wine-growing areas. Wine-based tourism was the objective at the foundation – and nothing has changed in the past 70 years. The communities and counties along the German Wine Route are consistently engaged in making the route more attractive. For a long time, it has been possible to explore the beauty of the landscape in tranquility along the more than 100 kilometer long hiking trail, as well as along the corresponding German Wine Route cycling track. Cyclists come every year to enjoy and experience the German Wine Route event day. Every year on the last Sunday in August, the Wine Route is closed to motorized traffic. Wine-growers open their vineyards, clubs erect booths and transform the vacation route to an 85 kilometer long theme park for the 300,000 to 400,000 visitors.
Yet those aren’t the only records the Palatinate has broken. Some of the entries in the Palatinate’s Guinness Book of Wine Records include the oldest wine in the world (a bottle that dates back to the 3rd century, which was buried alongside a Roman legionary as provision for his journey and can today be seen in the Historisches Museum der Pfalz [Palatinate Historical Museum] in Speyer), the oldest productive vineyard (dating back to around 1650 in Rhodt),