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GA Listing: Wine festivals in the Ahr you should know about

GA Listing : Wine festivals in the Ahr you should know about

It is mid-summer and high time for a wine festival. And there are plenty of them in the Ahr Valley through until the autumn. We have put together a selection.

Toasting, tasting, celebrating and enjoying the summer – wine lovers can do this at one (or more) of the numerous wine festivals also taking place this year in the Ahr Valley. We show you where:

Burgundy Festival

The Burggarten, Lingen and Sonnenberg wineries are again extending an invitation to the Burgundy Festival in the Bad Neuenahr vineyards on Saturday, 28 July. As well as drinking wine, you can hike. Tasting and snack stands line the Rotweinwanderweg (Red Wine Trail). It is recommended to start the walk between 11.30am and 2.30pm at the Winzerkapelle (Winzer Chapel) in Ahrweiler above the old town. Depending on your speed, you should plan at least two and a half hours – then you will be on time to dance to the PGM Big Band at the festival grounds at 5pm.

The event organisers are offering a deal which includes a festival glass, three wine vouchers, a glass holder and a ticket for local transport, which is valid until 3am on Sunday morning. The deal costs Euro 12 in advance and Euro 15 on the day. Further information can be found here.

Historic Heimersheim Wine Festival

Visitors to the historic wine festival in Heimersheim from 17 to 19 August will journey back in time to the Middle Ages. Every third weekend in August, history comes alive when, during the highlight of the festival, knights, noblemen, jugglers, craftsmen and minstrels parade through the Heimersheim district of Bad Neuenahr and celebrate their feast. However, the historic wine festival also has many highlights prepared before that, such as when the new Heimersheim wine queen is announced on Friday evening. On Sunday there is a Latin festival church service in the Mauritius Church. There is more information on the town's homepage.

Wine party of the “Next Generation.”

The Mayschoss-Altenahr winegrower’s cooperative has existed since 1868 and is, it says, the oldest in the world. Nevertheless, it is celebrating alongside the Deutzerhof and Fiebrich wineries in a very modern way: on 18 and 19 August, the “Next Generation” is inviting visitors to a wine party with live music at the Festplatz zur Linde in Mayschoss for the second time since 2017.

Things kick off on Saturday at 4pm and from 6pm the band “Kontrollverlust” are playing. On Sunday from 2-5pm there is a “meet and greet” with the wine makers on the programme at which each will present five wines from their range. You can buy a wine pass for Euro 20 in advance. The Jonas Röser jazz and swing ensemble will provide background music. On both days there is a street food truck with burgers on site. You can get further information on 02643 93600 or by email at info@wg-mayschoss.de

Country wine festival in Walporzheim

The wine village of Walporzheim is regarded as the gateway to the Ahr Valley. It celebrates its country wine festival for four days at the end of August, this year from 24 to 27 August. A live music programme and good wine, of course, attract visitors to the festivities on the village square. It opens on Friday at 7pm with the announcement of the new wine queen and her princesses.

The highlight of the festival is the large wine festival procession on Sunday, which parades through the streets from 3pm with bands, themed groups and festival floats as well as some vintage tractors. The festival ends on Monday around 10pm with a firework display in the middle of the Steillagen vineyards on Kräuterberg. More information is available here.

Ahrweiler wine festival and wine market

The wine festival in Ahrweiler is the largest and oldest in the Ahr. It will be celebrated this year from 31 August to 3 September. The new Ahrweiler wine queen will be proclaimed at the opening on Friday evening. There is live music in the market square from 7.30pm on Saturday. The wine festival parade starts on Sunday at 2pm. The festival ends on Monday evening with a firework display above the town. Further information is available here.

The wine market on the Ahrweiler market square takes place on the following weekend. Vintners, wineries and winegrowers’ associations will be presenting their wines from 8 to 10 September.

From Rech to Mayschoß

Wine festival in Rech

The wine village of Rech calls itself “the small place with big wines.” Rech is celebrating its wine festival again from 14 to 16 September with the wine parade on Sunday. Last year, the village had to celebrate without a wine queen but have found a new one this year in Michaela Eller. More information is available on the village's homepage.

Wine festival in Bachem

Bachem always celebrates its traditional wine festival on the third weekend in September. This year it is from 21 to 23 September. The highlight is the parade of 10,000 lights on the Sunday evening. There is information on the Bachem village homepage.

Wine festival in Dernau

Dernau will be celebrating its wine festival, organised by the local tourist office, for the 68th time from 28 September to 1 October. The highlight is the largest wine parade in the Ahr Valley on Sunday with more than 65 floats and groups on foot. It starts at 2pm and for the spectators there are fresh grapes and of course wine to try along the side of the route. The new wine queen is proclaimed on Saturday at the festival ground. The festival ends with a large firework display on Monday evening. There is detailed information on the village’s homepage.

Wine festival weekends in Altenahr

The wine festivals begin in Altenahr with the gold of autumn. Every weekend from 28 September to 28 October there are celebrations with live music, good food and, of course, wine. The official opening by the current wine queen Anna Schmidt and her princess, Johanna, is on Saturday, 29 September.

From 5 to 7 October and 19 to 21 October, the focus is on “Walking fun and wine enjoyment”. The weekend starts with a torchlit hike on Friday evening and there are also guided tours on Saturday and Sunday. The walks end at the wine fountain in the festival square. On the public holiday on 3 October, the Altenahr Eifel Association invites you to a walking day and convivial get-together at the Eifelblick hut.

The weekend of 12 to 14 October has the theme “Rocks, Light and Wine.” The Are Castle will be illuminated by flares and will provide a very special background, as will the water features on the Ahr. On Saturday 27 October, there will be a firework display from the Are Castle ruins around 9.30pm for the close of the wine weekends. Information on all events is available on the village’s homepage.

Mayschoß wine weeks

October in Mayschoß is all about Ahr wine. On four weekends from 6 October, celebrations will take place at the foot of the Saffenburg with live music, wine and sekt specialities as well as food from local restaurants. Besides the proclamation of the wine queen and the firework display at the end of the festival, the Festival of 1000 Lights is a special highlight. Vineyards and the Saffenburg castle ruins will be lit up. You can find information on the village’s homepage.

This is a list of wine festivals, which does not claim to be complete and which was not compiled using objective criteria. There is also no ranking. Is there a wine festival missing? Send us an email to online@ga.de

(Original text: Anna Maria Beekes, Translation: kc)