When they proposed to visit a wine area in Germany I thought, I would not have much to see, since I am from La Rioja, there are many wineries here and in Spain many other wine areas that we have already seen, so I do not think we see anything new.
But the truth is that they have surprised me. On this trip we visited the wine region of the Southern Wine Route of the Palatinate, in the Rhineland. An area with a great wine tradition and wine tourism.
As travel companions we took Fran Zuasti from Tododisca, with Maria his wife, and Nuria Azanza from Sixsense Travel with Oldo, his inseparable guide dog. As you can see in the photos and you will have guessed, Nuria is a blind girl and Fran travels with his wheelchair.
It was the first time we all saw each other, and soon we started to get along.
We arrived at St. Martin, our base point, where we would be staying the following three days. We fly directly to Frankfurt, each one from our different starting places, Bilbao, Barcelona and Jerez. In Frankfurt an adapted transport was waiting for us to take us to our destination. You can also access Sant Martin directly by train from Frankfurt to Landau and then by urban bus. Both the trains and the buses are wheelchair accessible since they are at ground level or have ramps and staff that installs them so that we can comfortably access them.
We made the plane trip with Lufthansa and as always, the service we received was very good.
We stayed at the Hotel Consulado del Vino, a fully accessible aparthotel with four spectacular adapted rooms. Once we had taken possession of our rooms, we were welcomed by the tourism representatives of the area and the Hotel manager, with a small tasting of cava from the area, which was very good.
The trip was sponsored by the Southern Wine Route of the Palatinate and Tourism of Germany, so we have only to thank them, the good days they made us go through.
San Martín is a small village surrounded by vineyards and wooded area, with a lot of charm. Walking through a network of streets you can see more than 20 wineries, with their enotecas and a lot of hotels and restaurants, all very well looked after and very flirtatious, with the colorful houses decorated with flowers in their windows. What is an enotouristic destination is seen simply walking as you find wineries and enotecas at every step, where you can taste all the wines.
The villages in the area are all low houses, one or two heights, very comfortable to ride in a wheelchair since they are usually flat and the pavement is quite uniform. It also gives the feeling of being in a fairy tale as they are precious.
I was surprised by the large number of wineries that were in all the villages, how small they were, the great variety of wines that they had and that were in the center of them. Very different from everything we knew, since we are used to much larger wineries and always located outside cities.
Some wineries had more than 80 varieties of wine, a lot being so small. The wines that predominate mainly are the white wines, although they did not forget some red wines. I personally liked whites more, especially the Riesling, the most typical of the area and that Nuria loved, so much so that I asked for it at every meal.
The area has a large amount of tourism, especially German, French and Dutch. We do not know much here in Spain, but it is a different destination that is also worth knowing, since it has a lot of charm and people are charming, much more open than the rest of Germany. Rhineland Palatinate is a destination as unknown as it is surprising and in Germany it is popularly called "the German Tuscany".
Many of its wineries are accessible for wheelchair users and have activities and guided
in which, in addition to tasting their wines, you can know all the secrets of these famous wines. Gastronomy also deserves a special mention, and that is that wines with good food always feel better. You can taste all the specialties of the region in its wide variety of restaurants. One of the ones that I liked most, because of its castle shape is the Castle of San Martin, in this link you can see all the contact information and accessibility conditions. If what you want is to have a wine in a pleasant terrace, I recommend you visit Bodega Schereik. It is located in the center and in addition to a shop where you will find all kinds of wines and equipment for wine lovers, you can enjoy a wide variety of wines in a super nice environment. In St. Martin we also met Mercedes, a Grenadian who married a German and had been in Germany for more than 30 years. We were very happy to meet her and she welcomed us in her winery-enoteca where you can also eat, Aloisiusshof wine restaurant.
This trip does not end here, soon we will publish the second part where we will discover palaces, we will go by train to France, we will discover hot springs and much more. TO BE CONTINUE…
Written by Kity
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