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Saxony, the easternmost and smallest of Germany’s 13 wine regions, is known for its exemplary wines and for a rich wine-making history. From the ancient party grounds of princes to small family businesses, and from award-winning wineries to opulent castles, we bring you the best places to stop for wine-tasting in the vineyards lining Saxony’s Elbe Valley.
Castle Wackerbarth sits like a painting at the foothills of the rolling Radebeul vineyards, and once hosted lavish court parties. Wine connoisseurs from all over the world come to Radebeul to take part in the wine tour hosted by Castle Wackerbarth. This tour is a journey through wine fields and cellars, and educates visitors about the fine art of wine production. On a vineyard walk conducted by the castle, visitors are led around the castle and estate, along steep vineyards and through the modern wine-producing plant. You can also take a tour of the sparkling wine factory. Of course, all tours end with a tasting of a number of different varieties of wine.
Wackerbarthstraße 1, 01445 Radebeul, +49 351 89550
Castle Proschwitz is among Saxony’s best-known wineries and the winner of multiple awards. The castle offers a tour of the château and the winery, followed by a tasting of delicious wines in the sophisticated wine room. There is also a fantastic restaurant and a guesthouse situated right on the premises. As an added bonus, a hike through its vineyards offers panoramic views across the River Elbe and the city of Meissen.
Heiliger Grund 2, 01665 Meißen, +49 3521 40600
Zimmerlin Winery is a hidden gem that is not yet overrun by tourists. Owned and managed by a lovely German–Polish couple, this winery is situated in a vineyard in Pillnitz. The producers specialize in traditional German wines like Granit Riesling, Grauburgunder, Weißburgunder, Kerner, Gewürztraminer, and Traminer and take pride in the fact that no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used in their vineyards. While you indulge in wine-tasting in a cozy atmosphere, you also get to enjoy some beautiful sculptures and works of art created by the lady of the house. Pictures of these sculptures also adorn the labels of the wine bottles at the Zimmerling Winery.
Bergweg 27, 01326 Dresden, +49 351 2618752
This vineyard was founded by an army colonel named Vincenz Anton Richter in 1873, and today it is being lovingly managed by the fourth generation of his family. The family also owns a quaint wine restaurant called Vincenz Richter, founded in the same year, which boasts 500 originals from various centuries alongside delectable Saxon cuisine. The specialties of this vineyard are mainly Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, and Pinot Blanc.
Kapitelholzsteig 1, 01662 Meißen, +49 3521 731606
Hoflössnitz Wine Estate can, without fear of contradiction, be referred to as the cradle of Saxon viticulture. The first mention of this wine estate can be traced back to a document from the year 1622. In its heyday, Hoflössnitz was the party ground of the Prince Electors, a showpiece wine estate and a role model for other wineries. This long heritage is carried on today by the Foundation Museum Estate Hoflößnitz, which looks after 21 acres (8.5 hectares) of vineyards and a wine museum.
Knohllweg 37, 01445 Radebeul, +49 351 8398333
The 15-acre (six-hectare) vineyard and wine restaurant Weingut Karl Friedrich Aust is another gem of Radebeul. What once started as a hobby, making wine for their own consumption, has today grown into one of the most loved tourist spots for wine-tasting, wine seminars, and wine-themed events. This is also a great place to pick up bottled wines as souvenirs.
Weinbergstraße 10, 01445 Radebeul, +49 351 89390100
Weingut Drei Herren, Radebeul, is one of the topnotch wine estates in Saxony. It has made it to the list of Top 100 Best German Wine Producers determined by the Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (German Agricultural Society) and won the Bundesehrenpreis (the highest honor bestowed by the German wine industry) eight times in the last nine years. Set amidst a 12-acre (five-hectare) vineyard, this winery offers delicious wines and local cuisine. In nice weather, you have the choice of enjoying your meal wine right in the midst of the vineyard.
Weinbergstraße 34, 01445 Radebeul, +49 351 7956099