The introduction of wine growing to the splendid Pfalz wine region in Germany was made by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. A visit to Pfalz should be high up on every wine lover's list particularly those who are fond of Riesling.
Pfalz boasts some very beautiful landscapes and some of the best international Riesling vineyards.
Today it is the world's largest Riesling area and plays an important part in the Riesling market with every third bottle of wine bought in Germany originating from the Palatinate region.
Among the key highlights of the region are the Mittelhardt, Deidesheim, all the wine festivals, cosy wine estates with vinothek, Hambach Castle, and the largest wine barrel in the world!
WHEN TO GO AND FOR HOW LONG?
The best time is from spring to autumn, or combine your trip with a visit at one of the numerous Christmas markets. There's so much to do and see that it's easy to spend a lot of time discovering Pfalz.
WHERE TO GO?
The heart of the Mittelhardt Deidesheim and Bad Dürkheim for Riesling lovers, and the southern part of Palatinate have excellent Pinot Noirs.
Sightseeing points: Palatinate forrest, Castle of Hambach castle, biggest barrel in the world in Bad Dürkheim.