This is such an overdue post! I meant to blog separately on the Rhine Valley after my Munich post, but as usual, life gets crazy and this is quite delayed.
After the madness of Munich during Oktoberfest, we headed to the Frankfurt area, specifically Wiesbaden, to visit our friend Sara and her husband Jim who are living there. We knew we wanted to explore the Rhine Valley and luckily Sara did her homework and we were recommended a great boat tour up the river on KD Tours. We drove to Rudesheim where we caught our boat. We had some time to look around the town which was so quaint and quiet in the early morning. Once on the boat, we say amazing castles at every turn. We first disembarked at St. Goar for a very brief little jaunt around the town, with the massive castle in the background.
We then got back on the boat, passed Loreley with its famous rock before disembarking for a couple of hours at Bacharach. Such a beautiful town! We stopped at Bastian’s Weingut zum Gruner Baum for a 16 Riesling tasting – yes 16 – and a plate of German specialty munchies. The wine was served in pretty little glasses with green ribbed stems and with a key so we could decipher the vintner and vintage. We were entertainment for the couple that was sitting behind us as we swirled and sampled some incredible Rieslings, dry, sweet and rose. Shockingly, the bottles we liked the best were only about 6 Euro each! We each left with at least one bottle to take home.
We walked through Bacharach a bit more until we stumbled on a little gelateria that Emily remembered was recommended in her Rick Steve’s guidebook. We had to partake of the incredible Riesling gelato! Absolutely delicious and so refreshing in the warm German sun. Licking our cones, we traipsed back to the boat for the ride back to Rudesheim. All in all it was an incredible day.
When you’re in Germany, I highly recommend a Rhine tour for lovers of wine and scenery alike.
© Jennifer Konopasek and GoodTravelerKarma, 2011.