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Germany East 2015 - Introduction
Experience an amazing journey of Wine and Art
Germany East 2015 - INTRODUCTION
WINE and ART
GERMANY’S UNDISCOVERED WINE REGIONS & WORLD-RENOWNED ART CENTERS :
The Eastern Tour
10 day immersion in Wine, Culture, The Arts
June 11, 2015 – June 20, 2015
This tour allows wine lovers and aficionados of the arts to experience what the statement “wine is a form of art” entails. Participants will live the profound relationship between wine, music, dance, and visual arts by visiting Germany’s beautiful, lesser known wine regions, and the region which is the cradle of German culture, and intellectual thinking.
Meet winemakers who embody the "wine and art" approach right at their wineries, and attend three world-class concert-opera- and ballet performances in East-and Middle Germany.
This tour will tickle all of your senses and emotions.
Here's What to Expect
- Visit a total of 19 wineries (16 are members of the VDP, the German association of elite wine makers) in 5 different wine regions:
Saale-Unstrut, the northernmost German wine region and former GDR territory. It is situated on the hillsides lining the Saale and Unstrut rivers and produces racy white wines from many white grape varieties;
Sachsen, also located in the former GDR, is the easternmost German wine region and extends some 35 miles north and south of Dresden along the Elbe river. This region tickles all your senses with its unique voluptuous baroque architecture, a rich history, its wealth of art, and love of all the good things in life;
Franken with its Bavarian charm and gorgeous, crisp, crystal clear wines from their signature grape Silvaner;
Württemberg, Germany’s premier red wine region with hearty, bold wines made from grapes like Lemberger (Blaufränkisch in Austria), and Trollinger. This is the region where wine is ingrained in daily life like nowhere else. The Württemberg region has the highest per capita consumption of wine in Germany;
Hessische Bergstrasse, the smallest wine region in Germany with quaint little towns and villages right at the doorsteps of Frankfurt.
- Experience intimate insights into a selection of Germany’s best of the best wineries, normally not open to visitors.
- Learn how to read the label on German wine bottles.
- Get to know the classification of German wines including the new VDP classification.
- Explore why wine from the same vineyard can be sweet or dry.
- Enjoy excellent, typical German meals at great restaurant, historical places, and at the wineries with the owner/winemaker.
- Bump into German history and culture at every turn of our trip.
- Visit wineries where visual arts play an integral part.
- Hear eye witness accounts of recent German history worthy of a spy thriller: from the GDR to reunified Germany.
- Visit Leipzig and Dresden, for many centuries Europe’s cultural and intellectual centers and nowadays again - after surviving almost 50 years under communist rule - a stronghold of European culture.
- Experience three world-class performances: a concert in the Gewandhaus Leipzig, an opera in the Semperoper Dresden, a ballet in the Stuttgart Ballet Theatre.
- Get the inside track and indulge in art and culture.
For an even more detailed itinerary of this tour, click on: Schiller Wine Blog.
A Brief History
Germany with its roughly 250,000 acres under vine belongs today to one of the smaller wine producing countries in the world. However, viticulture in Germany has a long tradition, going back to Roman times 2,000 years ago.
In the 15th century, the area under vine was four times larger than it is today. Wars, subsequent loss of territory, diseases, overproduction, and competition from beer brewing resulted in land turned over to other agricultural uses.
In the 19th century, concentration on terroir and technological progress fostered a tremendous improvement of quality and the prestige of German wines, in particular from the Mosel, Rheingau, and Pfalz regions, resulting in prices above those for first growth Bordeaux wines.
Today, all thirteen wine regions in Germany produce outstanding wines. However, the two regions in the former GDR had a lot of catching up to do. During the communist times from 1945 until reunification in 1989, wine production was nationalized, and winemaking took place in huge VEB (volkseigener Betrieb / company owned by the people) wineries. The output, the bottle count was imposed on the VEB by the State, and therefore quality could not play a major role. The winemaking process was deprived of modern farming and cellar techniques. The majority of wine produced was for the consumption of the communist party members.
After the iron curtain came down, family wineries were founded, and the winemakers pursued quality with a vengeance. Some of Germany’s finest Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris today come from the Saale-Unstrut and Sachsen regions.
This will be an unforgettable journey discovering the German wine country off the beaten tourist track: the inside guide to top German wines, history and extraordinary cultural highlights!
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