Freinsheim offers red wine hike to vineyard today through Sunday

by Petra Lessoing 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Courtesy photo
Hikers walk on a hiking path along vineyards during the red wine hike taking place today, Saturday and Sunday in Freinsheim.

The wine growing community of Freinsheim will sponsor its traditional red wine hike today, Saturday and Sunday. Organizers promise that visitors will be able to enjoy fresh air, culinary specialties and fine red wines.

The annual red wine hike in Freinsheim is known as the first highlight of the year in the Palatine vineyards.

The event will start at 6 p.m. today with a torch hike leading from the town hall along the wine hiking path to a vineyard called “Musikantenbuckel.”

Interested participants will meet near the Baroque town hall, which dates back to 1732. Wine princess Saskia I and two local music groups will welcome the visitors. Torches will be available right near the town hall and at the winery near the train station.

On all three days of the event, local vintners will present various red wines such as Dornfelder, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Saint Laurent and Spaetburgunder in their wineries and at stands. To be able to warm up in this cold weather, Gluehwein heated red wine spiced with cloves and cinnamon sticks will also be served.

Visitors can taste a variety of food specialties, including potato pancakes, game burgers with cranberries, red wine onion soup, potato soup with dampfnudeln, red lentil curry soup, meat dumplings with horseradish sauce, potato dumplings with mushrooms, chili, pulled pork, spinach dumplings with cheese sauce, goulash soup, fresh oysters and scampi with spaghetti. Desserts will include warm chocolate cake with red wine plums, crepes, red wine cake and red wine muffins.

Food and drink stands will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. today and 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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 to explore Freinsheim with a tour around the town wall, which takes about one hour. For more information, visit

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