Freinsheim hosts red wine hike

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The red wine hike in Freinsheim is the first highlight of the vineyards of the Pfalz in 2012.

The historical wine village will offer this hike Jan. 20 to 22. The red wine hike is a guided tour leading on the wine hiking path to a vineyard called “Musikantenbuckel.”

The event will start with a torch hike at 6 p.m. Jan. 20. Interested participants will meet near the Baroque town hall, which was built in 1732. Torch sales will start at 5:15 p.m. near the town hall and at a winery near the train station.

Activities will continue at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21 at the historical town hall. Wine Princess Pia I and a local music group will welcome hikers who want to join the guided tours. The first one will begin at 11:30 a.m. after the welcome ceremony and the second one will start at 1 p.m. The Freinsheim soccer club will sponsor a folks run starting at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 22. Starting fee is €5.

Another guided red wine hike through the vineyards will begin at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. On all three days of the event, local vintners will present various red wines such as Dornfelder, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Saint Laurent and Spätburgunder in their wineries and at stands. To be able to warm up in this cold weather, glühwein (heated red wine spiced with cloves and cinnamon sticks) will also be served. Visitors can also taste a variety of food specialties, including cheese soup, potato soup, dampfnudeln, rumpsteak with onions, deer goulash with dumplings, fresh oysters, scampi with spaghetti, oysters, chili con carne, spinach dumplings on salad, bratwurst, red wine cake and red wine muffins.

Food and beverage stands will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 20, and 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 21 and 22.

Freinsheim has a medieval ring wall from the 15th century, which surrounds the old part of town with towers and gates. It is known as one of the nicest and most complete town fortification facilities in the Pfalz. For visitors, it’s worth it to explore Freinsheim with a tour around the town wall, which takes about one hour.

To get to Freinsheim, travel on autobahn A6 direction Mannheim, take the Grünstadt exit, and follow the signs to Kirchheim, Dackenheim and Freinsheim.