Rebland Wine Region
Welcome to the wine enjoyment triangle in Baden-Baden’s sun-kissed region
Grapevines as far as the eye can see, an imposing castle and a stately palace surrounded by rolling hills, breathtaking views and the endless spoils of the kitchen and cellar. Welcome to Rebland, Baden-Baden’s sun-drenched scenic terrace with enjoyment for all the senses!
Rebland – the region’s name is a reference to the vineyards that flourish there, producing an intensive holiday feeling. Sloping vineyards that seem to go on forever, quaint villages with traditional, cosy restaurants, a nice meal with a glass of Baden wine, unadulterated indulgence in a sea of green – all that is just a five-minute drive from the bustling spa and shopping town of Baden-Baden.
In the truly magical, culinary triangle of three wine villages – Varnhalt, Steinbach with Umweg, and the state-approved resort town of Neuweier – which together form Baden-Baden’s Rebland, you can indulge, dine and enjoy to your heart’s content.
With 325 hectares of cultivated vineyard, it’s one of Germany’s three largest self-contained viticulture and wine enjoyment regions. Incidentally, 80 per cent of this space is dedicated to Riesling, the king of white wines, also referred to as ‘Klingelberger’. Whether you’re a discerning gourmet or a wine-sipping connoisseur, you’ll enjoy the elegant local wines and delectable cuisine served at all of Rebland’s many traditional inns, cosy lounges and premium restaurants.
The culinary wine tastings offered in the rustic cellars of Rebland’s famous wineries also offer a full-bodied flavour experience. And if it tickles your fancy, you can take these delectable wines home with you: Riesling, Pinot Noir, Blanc and Gris, sparkling wines and fruit brandies are available directly from the wine-grower. And if you’re looking for something truly exceptional, we recommend stopping by Baden-Badener Winzergenossenschaft in Neuweier, which is known for having one of the largest rarity cellars in Baden.
The Romans were the first to cultivate vines on the sheltered slopes, southwest of Baden-Baden, back in the 3rd century. And according to legend, they really were quite partial to a drop or two! On their departure, the monks took over the vineyards and ensured that the region’s wine growing tradition continued.
The Steinbach monks, for example, were not just accomplished brewers and cultivators; they were also most knowledgeable in the art of wine making. They even succeeded in making their wine a sought after commodity, often storing it for up to 10 years in the village’s cool, underground vaults, before selling it. Even when vine cultivation suffered, due to war and depredation, the monks always saw fit to keep the tradition alive. At one point, when the vines in the Umweg region of Steinbach had become exhausted, the Lichtental Abbey purchased 8,000 new grapevines to regenerate the area.
Baden-Baden and its wines
Today the main grape varieties in the Rebland are Riesling (52%), Pinot Noir (32%) and Müller-Thurgau (5%).
Rieslings has been grown in the Rebland region for a very long time – Even the Romans started with growing of white wine approximately 2000 years ago. The Riesling, the typical wine of the Rebland region, is a wine of great complexity and elegance. The aromas and flavours range from citrus to ripe peaches. Fruit, acid and the harmonious arrangement between the residual sugar and the acid are the hallmark of the Riesling. Riesling is a good partner for light meats and seafood. The fruity character also harmonizes with spicy, sweet-and-sour Asian kitchen.
The “BOCKSBEUTEL” is a bottle-form of which the origin is still not known. In Baden-Baden wine has been filled in these bottles for over 200 years and still there are two theories regarding the special form of the bottle:
The first theory stems from the centurylong belief that wine gives strength to body and soul. Monks, nuns and other religious dignitaries also shared this view and were known to carry a container of wine with them at all times. An extra source of inspiration, one could say, to help them through their busy day! This, they stored in their prayer book pouch, known in German as a “Buchbeutel” or “Booksbüdel”. The name for this compact bottle is therefore thought to have derived from these terms.
The second theory comes from the middle ages; a time when people didn’t exactly mince their words! Legend has it that the bottle received its name as a result of its remarkable similarity in shape to that of a goat’s scrotum!
Until nowadays there are only two regions which are allowed to fill their high-quality wine in these typical bottles, the “Booksbeutel”: Baden-Baden and Franconia.
The bouquet of the Pinot Noir reminds of dark berry berries and cherries. The taste is full-bodied and well rounded. The Pinot Noir acquires an exceptionally interesting touch when it is matures in a small wooden barrel, called “Barrique”. The combination of the fruit and wooden aromas produces wines of a truly international standard.
When producing Ice-Wine the grapes will be harvested in a temperature of at least minus 8° degrees Celsius. The frozen grapes must be spread immediately. The ice remains back in the berries during the pressing, only the emerging juice will be fermented.
The characteristic of ice-wine is the connection of concentrated sweet and high acid. This makes the ice-wine to an impressing “meditation wine” and to a companion of noble desserts, especially pastry.