Southern Palatinate Wine Region

Wine Festival in Heuchelheim, Sounthern Palatinate © Südliche Weinstraße e.V.

Visitors and locals alike enjoy culinary delights in the world’s largest Riesling-growing area Unabashed "Joie de vivre" characterizes the southernmost part of Palatinate. The friendly locals appreciate good food and wine, lively festivals, and are known for making guests feel right at home. This region has been shaped by viticulture and is spoiled with a Mediterranean climate. The Palatinate is the largest Riesling-growing area in the world and Germany’s largest red wine cultivation area.

Lush vineyards, meadows, and the environmentally protected Palatinate Forest inspire long walks. The region‘s beauty peaks in spring when the almond tree blossoms adorn the landscape with magnificent scents and colors.

Visitors can stop at wine taverns and cozy wineries where hearty, down-to-earth cuisine provides new energy, and numerous huts throughout the Palatinate Forest provide hikers with extra strength through simple dishes like "Saumagen" (pig stomach) or "weißer Käs" (curd) with boiled potatoes. The region’s chefs follow the motto "fresh and regional"; their creations feature asparagus, figs, and other seasonal products, most of which they grow themselves. Chestnuts are also a traditional highlight of the regional cuisine.

Guests can choose from top hotels, cozy inns and wineries, or romantic castles along the Southern Wine Route, which leads through the region as part of the German Wine Route.

Characteristics

  • White wine region – world’s largest Riesling-growing area covering 5,455 ha
  • In demand – every third bottle of German wine comes from the Palatinate
  • Southernmost point of the German Wine Route – Schweigen-Rechtenbach is the German Wine Gate
  • Sunny region – more than 1,800 hours of sun a year
  • Pinot country – the Southern Wine Route boasts ideal conditions for Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir production
  • Landau – Germany’s largest winemaking community
  • Germersheim – romantic fortress town on the Rhine
  • "Young Southern Palatinate – Something is Growing Here!" – a unique competition for young, talented vintners along the Southern Wine Route
  • Almond blossoms – almond trees bloom in March to welcome spring
  • Red Grape Varieties – Pinot Noir, Dornfelder, Portugieser
  • White Grape Varieties – Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Silvaner

Contact

Southern Palatinate
Pfalz Touristik e.V.
Martin-Luther-Str. 69
67433 Neustadt an der Weinstraße
Germany
Phone: +49 6321 39160
info [at] pfalz-touristik [dot] de
www.pfalz.de