The stretch between Ahrweiler and Blankenheim along the Ahr river is known to be a paradise for red wine. Wine making in the area has a 2,000-year-long history, and today some 45 vineyards produce some of Germany’s best Pinot Noirs. Here are seven of the best Ahr-region vineyards.
The family’s winemaking history can be traced back to 1670. The vineyard was originally located in Marienthal and moved to Bad-Neuenahr-Ahrweiler at the heart of the Ahrtal in the 1970s. Since then, the vineyard has expanded to be the wine region’s largest privately owned establishment. Still a proud family business, the production focuses mostly on Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir Précoce varieties. Their red wines have won several prestigious awards over the years, which can be sampled at tastings, events, and their recently re-opened wine bar in Marienthal.
After studying oenology and working at vineyards in South Africa and the US, Alexander Stodden followed in the footsteps of his late father. Continuing the centuries-long family tradition, he almost exclusively grows the Pinot Noir variety on his 16 acres (6.5 hectares). Quality has always been more important than range, making the family an expert of red wines. Tastings can be booked online and include a tour of the vineyard and the tasting of six wines.
The Burggarten vineyard claimed an award for their Riesling last year, but Paul Schäfer and his sons also cultivate Pinot Noir and Dornfelder grapes. The multi-generational business is dedicated to combining tradition with innovation. Their wines mature in barrels stored in the historic vaulted cellar. The vineyard offers tastings on their own, or in combination with accommodation at their guesthouse, meals, and a guided tour of the vineyard.
Between Heimersheim and Ahrweiler, the team of father and son mostly cultivate Pinot Noirs on the steep hillsides, but also have a passion for the rarer Pinot Noir Précoce. The two share the notion that one has to be in touch with nature to some extent to produce high-quality wines. And multiple awards seem to prove them right. Their wines are available from their small wine shop in Heimersheim and online.