Freinsheim offers red wine hike to vineyard

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

“Fresh air, culinary specialties and fine red wines” is how organizers describe their first event highlight taking place in the historical wine village of Freinsheim. The annual red wine hike will be held Jan. 25 to 27.

The red wine hike is a guided tour leading from the town hall on the wine hiking path to a vineyard called “Musikantenbuckel.”

The event will start at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 with a torch hike. Interested participants will meet near the Baroque town hall from 1732. Torches will be available near the town hall and at winery near the train station.

On Jan. 26 and 27, guided tours will start at 11:30 a.m. at the historical town hall. Wine Princess Kristina I and a local music group will welcome hikers who want to join the guided tours.

On all three days, 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 taste a variety of food specialties, including potato soup, dampfnudeln, cheese soup, rumpsteak with onions, deer goulash with spätzle, fresh oysters, scampi with spaghetti, Palatinate tapas, spinach dumplings with cheese sauce, bratwurst and chili con carne. Desserts will include chocolate cake with red wine plums, red wine cake and red wine muffins.

Food and beverage stands will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 25, and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 26 and 27.

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