A second largest wine region of Germany located to its west called Rheinpfalz or Rhineland Palatinate, stretching from the southern rim of Rheinhessen near Worms to the border of Alsace.
Pfalz is one of the warmest wine regions in Germany with 1800 hours of sunshine. The Haardt mountain range runs from Neustadt an der Weinstrasse to Bockenheim. It is one of the driest regions of Germany. The largest river in the state is the Rhine River which flows through the northern part of the Rhineland-Palatinate.
The land consists of a variety of soils ranging from limestone, granite, slate and sandstone.
Riesling is the most popular white grape of the region. The reds are commonly Portugieser, Dornfelder and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). Local cuisines include Kale, Reibekuchen (Potato Pancakes), Kartoffelsupper (Potato Soup), and Sauerbraten (roast beef or venison marinated with vinegar, wine, and spices).
- The town of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse is a large historical town that has half-timbered houses going back to the Middle Ages. Surrounding this quaint town are many famous wine villages such as Diedesfeld, Duttweiler and Geinsheim.
- There are several Farmers’ Markets that take place every year. The climate in the Palatinate allows for figs, kiwis and almonds to be grown. For more information on the dates, check out http://www.neustadt.eu/
- It takes about 2.5 hours to drive down to the Colmar in Alsace, France. Alsace is another great place to taste and compare Rieslings.
- Other sites worth visiting within the Palatinate are the UNESCO Heritage Speyer Cathedral that was erected in 1030 by Conrad II and the magnificent Heidelberg Castle and its quaint town, mentioned by poets and writers such as Mark Twain.