I had the opportunity of visiting the wine route and the village of Deidesheim during a business trip to Germany. It was a short stay but because of perfect timing - I was there right during vintage season - I had the privilege of enjoying the authentic ambiance of the area.
This part of Germany is within the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. It enjoys a mild climate, quite untypical for Germany. Being close to France and Luxembourg, wine production is the main economic activity of the area. I was surprised to see the vast vineyards stretching for kilometres along the Weinstrasse, that is "route of wine"
Beautiful historical villages come one after another while driving on the Weinstrasse. Deidesheim is such a town resting peacefully on the countryside by the river Rhine.
Here's a typical street view of the town, reflecting the end of a beautiful September day.
Dating back to 13th century, Deidesheim today shines proudly with an historical background.
After strolling the streets of the town, I had the opportunity to dine at the nice restaurant of hotel Deidesheim Hof. Once the favourite place of former chancellor Helmut Kohl, this restaurant enjoyed the presence of World leaders visiting Germany.
A shot of the restaurant before going inside for dinner.
We had a significant fine-dining experience at Deidesheimer Hof. A nice surprise was the well balanced Pinot noir wine of the area that accompanied our dinner. That was the best German wine I ever tasted.
Let me present a picture of the Pinot Noir grape from the vineyard I visited during the daytime I spent at Weinstrasse. The taste is great even as a grape fresh from the branch.
Grape, once the fruit for the Gods, is a marvel of nature for us to enjoy.