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Nov 8, 2011

Weingut Kaspar Herke Tour and Tasting

A little over a week ago, D and I joined the spouses group from his squadron for a wine excursion in Oestrich-Winkle, Germany! It's only about a 20 minute drive from our home (which excites me to no end!). The plan was to take a vineyard tour of the Kaspar Herke Winery located within this Rhine River town. Little did I know we'd be enjoying SO much more than just a walk through some grapevines.

We started our tour at the winery itself. We met the Vintner's son, who was super sweet (and easy on the eyes), and he started handing out glasses right off the bat. Now that's my kind of winery! He then loaded up a wagon full of bottles of wine and lead us out the gates of the winery. We walked through the town and into the vineyards with our glasses in hand, just chatting and enjoying the beautiful scenery. He spoke a bit about the vineyard and how it came about, and he told us about how they harvest the grapes and with each glass he poured he told about how that particular wine was made. It was the last weekend in October, so harvesting season was already over, but the vineyards were still beautiful. I dare say even more so than when they were in full bloom, because the leaves in the groves had all started turning these rich, fall colors! It was absolutely breathtaking!

There's our tour guide. His name escapes me.

And there's his little wagon full of wine. I love that little wagon.

I mean, really. Have you ever seen such beautiful vineyards?! We had hit the German jackpot!

I know I've never been to California's wine country, but I imagine it doesn't get prettier than this. The photos seriously don't do it justice.

The whole group! You took a wonderful photo, Tabetha!

Our tour guide showed us (with the help of this magnifying contraption) the sugar level of the grapes right off this vine. Since it was the end of harvest season, the sugar level had tripled and had produced one of the sweetest grapes I'd ever eaten! The longer they stay on the vine, the sweeter they become. That's why Eiswein is made so late in the harvest season. It's SO sweet...but SO delicious!

As the sun began to set over his vineyards, our tour guide lead us back to the winery. He took us to the wine cellar below and told us more about the wine making process. Then he showed us the winery's collection of vintage wines.

Oh how I would LOVE to get my hands on that 1937 Riesling Spätlese! It's the oldest bottle they have at the vineyard. And it just happens to be my favorite kind of German wine.

I know this photo is blurry, but I had to prove that he let us drink straight from the wine barrels! I've never been lucky enough to do that at any other wine tour I've been on. The wine hadn't been filtered yet, but it tasted lovely.

After 6 glasses of delicious wine (I'm not even kidding you, he kept the wine flowing through the whole tour!), we finally got to sit down at enjoy a tasty Vintner's dinner inside the winery restaurant. Of course, it was accompanied by yet another glass of robust red wine. I was in wine heaven!

If you ever get to come to Germany, first of all, visit this vineyard. Second, try the Spundekäs. It's a cheesy kind of dip that is served is almost every German restaurant I've ever eaten in. And bonus, they usually serve it with one of their warm, soft pretzels. It's heavenly with a glass of wine...or two...or three. I'm drooling just thinking about it!

And finally, here's my happy husband. I told him to smile and this is what he came up with. I guess after all those glasses of wine I should be glad that's all he did. We were two happy campers after that evening. We left with our half case of delicious wine and headed home. I can't wait to go back for another visit. This little wine gem is sure to be on my "show everyone that come's to visit" list for years to come!


  1. I'm not a wine fan (I have yet to find one that I actually like), but that food looks delish!! And I am so very jealous of your gorgeous fall weather and leaves!

  2. I'm not a German wine fan (hello! I live in Italy!), but the winery looks beautiful! The food looks delish too! I love wine tours!!!


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