The Best Wineries in the Ahr Valley, Germany

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Photo of Evelyn Smallwood
30 January 2018

The wine in the Ahr valley tends to be Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Dornfelder, Portugieser and Frühburgunder, an early ripening mutation of Pinot Noir. In other words – it’s all about the red in this part of the Rhineland. Few wineries bother to export their product outside of Europe, largely because domestic demand is high enough that they don’t need to bother. The Ahr Valley is very small and there are many excellent vineyards practically right next to each other. Here are seven of our favourite vineyards along the Ahr.

H.J. Näkel Kreuzberg

Right on the Ahr River in the town of Dornau, Kreuzberg is open daily and offers free wine tastings to visitors intending to buy wine on-site. For visitors who mostly just want to sample what’s on offer, a proper tasting service is available for 25€ per person.

Schmittmannstraße 30, 53507 Dernau, Germany

Weingut Burggarten

The usual tasting for visitors intending to buy wine is offered here as well as a more in-depth tasting, which much be arranged in advance. Please note that Weingut Burggarten is not able to offer tastings in languages other than German. Email the winery for further details.

Weingut Sonneberg

Run by the Linden family, Weingut Sonneberg sits at the end of the Red Wine Trail in the town of Bad Neuenahr. At Weingut Sonneberg, 18€ will get you a tour of the vineyard and a proper tasting lasting around 2.5 hours. Unusually, the vineyard is open on Sundays.

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