Indulgence and hospitality at the Mainz Wine Market

Wine lovers flock to the Mainz Stadtpark at the last weekend in August and the first weekend in September every year. Over the two weekends at the end of summer, the park is transformed into a paradise for wine lovers. On wine festival days, numerous winemakers from all over the region set up their stands and pour out their wines in this idyllic setting. There is something for everyone, whether you prefer Riesling, Pinot Gris, rosé or red wine. In addition to a wide range of grape varieties and wine stalls, the Mainz Wine Market also has plenty of treats to tickle the taste buds too. From traditional dinners through sweet and savoury crêpes to plain, hearty cooking, there is something to suit all tastes.

Visitors to the Mainz Wine Market, Mainz

Visitors to the Mainz Wine Market, Mainz

The walkabout wine tasting is a great way to explore the wine market. With your stamp card in hand, you can wander around nine selected winemakers to enjoy a ‘Piffchen’, as a 0.1 l glass is known in Mainz and Rhine-Hesse, from each. You can pick up a wine glass from the information stand. It’s a great opportunity to try a range of different wines. And then it’s off to the first stand to try the first wine.

As soon as the sun starts to dip in the sky, the atmosphere in the Stadtpark begins to warm up. Visitors wander along the pathways and generally have a good time to the sounds of the music from the different stages. You can find everything in the park, from traditional wooden stalls to creative and lovingly decorated wine stands, and they all have delicious wines on offer.

In the top section of the Stadtpark is the Rosengarten, where regional sparkling wine is among the treats served up by the winemakers. There is a great atmosphere here too, especially in the evenings, with the sparkling drinks, lively music and wonderful lighting.

The creative section of the Mainz Wine Market is the artists market, where artists can showcase their arts and crafts. Mooching, browsing and shopping, that’s what the artists market is famous for! And there is also the ‘Great Wine Capitals Wine Village’. If you did not already know, Main and Rhenish Hesse are among the most important wine regions in the world, the ‘Great Wine Capitals’. Every year, wines from one of the other wine regions are served alongside the regional wines. Cheers and salud!

Enjoying a glass of wine at the Wine Market in Mainz, Rhine-Hesse

Enjoying a glass of wine at the Wine Market in Mainz, Rhine-Hesse

With festive lighting under the trees, there is a cosy atmosphere across the whole park throughout the evening, with many people settling down on the lawns to enjoy a Piffchen or a spritzer. Relaxing live music performances round off a perfect evening. The perfect end to a visit to the Wine Market.

More Mainz Wine Market tips:

· If you are not visiting Mainz or staying there, the best way to get there is via the ‘Römisches Theater’ station. From there, it is just a five-minute walk to the Stadtpark.

· If you wish to visit the Mainz Wine Market with your children or grandchildren, the best day to head for the Stadtpark is on a Sunday, which is a family day featuring a programme of entertainment for children.

· Walkabout wine-tasting tickets are available from the information stand at the Mainz Wine Market (subject to availability) or in advance from the Tourist Service Center.

· If you fancy a guided tour including a visit to the Mainz Wine Market, then the ‘From the gruesome Schinderhannes to a firm favourite’ tour is spot on. The guided tour is held at weekends and takes you through Mainz to the Stadtpark, so you can explore the Mainz Wine Market after the tour.

A couple at the Mainz Wine Market, Mainz

A couple sampling wine at the Mainz Wine Market, Mainz

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