We have learned some basic words in German since we moved here. These are some of our favorite to know: Weinwanderung and Weinverkostung. Wine hike and wine tasting. Bitteschön und dankeschön! Please and thank you!
Our group of around 50 participants gathered at a small train station about an hour outside of Stuttgart, in the village of Hedelfingen. Our excellent guides from the Expats group led us to the winery’s tasting room, in a large barn right in the village. We started there with a Sekt tasting, Germany’s version of Champagne. Then off we went, across the street, up the hill, and we were instantly walking on wine trails meandering through scenic vineyards.
Stuttgart Expats Tour
As we wandered leisurely up the hill, we stopped at small huts along the way for a glass of refreshing wine and a chance to admire the views. Appetizers such as fresh bread and cheeses, and water, are also provided. At each stop, as well as snacking and enjoying our drinks, we learn about each wine’s history, and how it’s made.
The last stop is at the top of the hill, and with the sun setting behind us, our tour guides took a photo of the group. We enjoyed one more wine tasting, a spread of finger foods, and so many fun people to chat with. We were all very witty by this point.
Finally, the walk back down the hill is a bit of an adventure. There is a narrow passageway through the grapevines with small, steep stairs built into the hill. Ancient little steps. The other option is to go the long way around by the paved path, which some people do choose after seeing these stairs.
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