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Just 20 minutes south of Frankfurt in the Rhine-Main Region of Germany lies Wiesbaden: a multifaceted city steeped in history. Wiesbaden is where the world meets. What was once a bathing resort of the Romans is now a sophisticated “global cultural city”. Numerous Wiesbaden festivals are known far beyond the boundaries of the state capital.
Wiesbaden is often called the “Gateway to the Rheingau“. This sun-blessed wine country presents itself as a large balcony facing south and has ideal conditions for growing wine. This region of Germany is well known for producing top quality Riesling.
Do you need another reason to visit Germany? The Rheingau Wine Festival, initiated by the winegrowers of the Rheingau Region as a promotional event, has turned the center of Wiesbaden into the “longest wine bar in the world”. With around 120 booths, winegrowers present their products, both newly made and superior wines, as well as locally produced bubbly sparkling wines like Henkell Trocken, Germany’s best known sparkling wine brand.
The great 40th anniversary Rheingau Wine Festival will be taking place from August 14th to 23rd, 2015 in the heart of the city between the Marktkirche, Rathaus (city hall) and Stadtschloss.
Top Wine to Experience in Germany
- Von Unserm Rheingau Riesling Trocken, 2013 (100% Riesling, hints of melon and berries)
- Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Schutzenhaus Riesling Kabinett, 2012 (Ranked fourth for number of awards won among wines from this region: the International Wine & Spirit Competition awarded the 2011 Bronze and the International Wine Challenge awarded the 2010 vintage Bronze.)
- Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Engelmannsberg Riesling Trocken, 2012 (There is a lot of scope for versatility with this sweet, viscous wine, though you can expect to get hints of tropical fruit, nectarine, melon and pineapple from a solid Riesling)
Every year the winegrowers produce exquisite Riesling wines, like the fullbodied Spätburgunder (pinot noir) and Winzersekt (sparkling wine). Guided tours through the vineyard on Neroberg Mountain are offered by Wiesbaden Marketing.
Where to Enjoy Fine Wine
Put on your tux and gown: this isn’t Vegas! The Casino Wiesbaden is one of Germany‘s oldest casinos. In 1771, the Dukes of Nassau granted the first gambling concession. The roulette balls have been rolling in Wiesbaden since 1782. Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky aptly described the pounding heart of people at the gaming tables in his novel, The Gambler.
Spielbank Wiesbaden (Casino Wiesbaden)
Open daily except Major Holidays
Sun. to Thu. 2.45 pm to 3 am
Fri. to Sat. 2.45 pm to 4 am
The Balthasar Ress Balthasar Ress Weinbar & Vinothek on Mauergasse – the flagship store of wine estate in the heart of Wiesbaden. The exterior is an original, turn-of-the-century façade, while the interior is a modern lounge.
Enjoy Balthasar Ress wines, a few selected wines from their friends’ estates, and choice culinary delicacies that reflect the savvy, typicity, and charm of Wiesbaden and its surroundings. The verifiable origin of everything on offer is an important consideration.
Balthasar Ress Winebar
Wiesbaden Rheinallee 7
65347 Eltville am Rhein