On our way from Mannheim to Cologne, we chanced upon WEINVERKAUF Weingut Walter Gehrig, a German Winery and Wine sales shop, in the Heppenheim district. The best way to explore Germany’s wine list is to hit up a local winery, such as the Gasthaus Zum Hirsch by Walter Gehrig. Open, only on Wednesdays and Thursdays, this winery lets you enjoy an insightful look at a four generation winegrowing process, from 5 PM onwards. Hosted by Walter Gehrig family, this well-known winery evokes the true essence of Heppenheim vineyards near the Hessian mountain road. From Steinkopf, Gulden inches, Maiberg, Eckweg, to Schlossberg, Gehrig family features the juiciest wine (vine juice) in the area.
Weingut Walter Gehrig features special wine tastings to groups of twenty people or more, along with a short session with the cellar master. The Wine bar, on the other hand, can accommodate up to 35 people, which extends into an additional adjoining room with a seating capacity of 45 people. This Winery also features an open space under the open sky, which can host up to 60 people at one time. But most importantly, this Winery features a large Wine menu with best of reds and whites, for you to get surprised.
So, if you are looking to pamper yourself in a traditional German way, this place will set the spirits high with one glass of Heppenheimer grape juice and the creative German cuisine from the menu. They say this Winery Bar serves scrumptious rump steaks with homemade sausages and herb butter.
The Process of Barrique Winemaking
A Barrique is a wine barrel with a 225 liters capacity. Although, what differentiates it from other barrels is that it is made from fresh wood and is not washed off by the hot water. For this reason, the barrel sustains the fine-wooden-roasted aroma of a variety of flavors such as the oak, coffee, vanilla, or leather. The barrel staves are toasted on open flames to enhance the oak or vanilla notes originating from different regions. These barrels are utilized only, a couple of times before they have leached away. Which, is why this type of winemaking and aging produces fine wines which are expensive as compared to others. But what truly makes the wine tasting experience special, at Weingut Walter Gehrig, is that the winery is in an idyllic village by an ocean of vineyards. That along with, a state-of-the-art cellar technology merged with traditional methods to produce the country’s best wine.
So if you are traveling to Germany and are anywhere close to Heppenheim, do drop by this amazing winery to enjoy a wonderful evening.