This is what you come here for! You can either just have a wine and a snack in the small winery or take a tour which includes tasting 6 wines and explanations (also in English if you want) of different types of wine and the production process.
The tour cost per person was 15 Euro.
Make sure you come by train, so that you can taste more....
There are only 3 towns in Germany whose mediaevel walls are preserved in their entirety. The most famous one no doubt is Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber. Ahrweiler cannot fully cope with any of these. However, it still has the looks and feels of a nice German country town where locals do their shopping, whereas Rothenburg -- I hate to say it -- feels like Disneyland. Especially, if you happen to be a wheelchair user: Rothenburg for wheelchaired folks sucks, Ahrweiler is much better in that regard. I would also go so far as to say that the cuisine is cheaper but also invariably better than in Rothenburg and similar tourist traps. There is some outstanding quality in the Ahr valley -- for very reasonable prices.
The "Red Wine Trail" winds itself through the entire Ahr valley, mostly on its sunny south side, where also most of the vineyards are located. The trail offers breathtaking views down into the vally. Most of it is paved, so it would be suitable for wheelchair users, although there are many short, but steep drops and climbs.
IMPORTANT: There also is a great bike trail down in the valley.
The delightful medieval town of Ahrweiler is a popular spa for visitors and apparently has the only alkaline springs in Germany. It is scenically situated in the Ahr Valley on the banks of the River Ahr.
One of the attractions is an appealling 13th century gate that leads you into the village. There are also many well preserved half timbered buildings.
We paid Euro 15 for a cellar tour & 6 wine tastings at this fabulous estate.
The junior vintner was able to converse in both English & German.
At this small wine estate the focus is on quality not quantity.
The majority of the wines I liked especially the pinot noir Innovation. I purchased a bottle although it was a bit pricey.
One can enjoy a light snack such as cheese cubes in the dining room.
The medieval fortifications of Ahrweiler, mostly 14th century, are remarkably well preserved. The 8 m high wall ring round the old town centre is still almost complete. Four gate towers serve as entrances and exits to all directions.
The Niedertor ("lower gate") is the town's gate to the East, direction Bad Neuenahr and downstream towards the Rhine valley.
Situated in the Eifel mountains, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler is the delightful capital of the Ahrweiler district in Rhineland Pfalz. We spent a little while just strolling around the town centre just window shopping and enjoying the summer afternoon. There is a good variety of shops here and lots of cafes/restaurants etc. When we visited there was also a market going on in the square. This is a really delightful, traditional town with beautiful old buildings and friendly atmosphere.
The old town of Ahrweiler may meet people's ideas of a 'medieval' place.
Well, the town was burnt to ashes by the French in the wars of 1689, so with the exception of the walls and gates, the main church and the white tower there isn't much medieval left. The general appearance is more 19th century historism. Anyway, it's a romantic little town to walk through and quite enjoyable.
There are loads of lovely places here to get great icecream! Choose one - it's the perfect thing to do after shopping on a summer's afternoon. I can't remember the name of the place we had ours but the waitress was friendly and it seemed popular with the locals! :))
The paintings on the facade of this house praise the growing and making of the wine:
"From the grape into the bucket,
from the bucket to the barrel,
from the barrel, oh what joy,
into the bottle and the glass."
Apollinaris, "The Queen Of Table Waters", is known worldwide. Did you know that the queen's throne, pardon: spring, is situated in - Bad Neuenahr?
In 1852 a winemaker bought a vineyard West of Ahrweiler. The vines he planted, however, wouldn't thrive. He tried to find out why and discovered a mineral spring.
Within a couple of years the new spa town of Bad Neuenahr emerged from nothing.
The Apollinaris spring is situated East of the town center of Bad Neuenahr. There is a fountain outside the factory where you can take the water for free - bring a bottle.
The synagogue was built in 1894 in the so-called Moorish style - note the horse-shoe shaped arches of the windows. In 1938 the building was devastated by the Nazis, the last Jewish inhabitants of Ahrweiler were deported in 1942. Since then there has been no Jewish community in town.
In 1981 a private initiative of Ahrweiler citizens bough the building and restored it. Since then it has been used for cultural events.
The first protestant church in the entirely Catholic Ahr valley was built for the visitors of the new spa in the late 19th century. In the 1950s the growing community had the church extended. All that's left of the original church is the facade towards the Kurgarten bridge, inside you'll find a church room in pure 1950s architecture and decoration.
The walkway along the river Ahr invites for a short walk near the center of Bad Neuenahr. It is, though, part of the bike&hike trail that leads all along the river. If you set out a bit further you'll get away from the crowds quickly.
Please don't feed the ducks. They get more than enough food which isn't healthy for them at all. Besides, this attracts rats, who will happily eat the leftover bread crumbs - and the little ducklings.
The Weiße Turm (white tower, Europe's northernmost dynasty tower) contains the Museum der Stadt (town museum). The museum shows ancient Roman finds, medieval religious art, the silver treasure of the riflemen's guild, and an exhibition on the town's history in the 19th century when the thermal springs were discovered and the rise of the spa town began.