Weinstadt (English: Wine City) lies just east of Stuttgart, but although it is near the vehicle manufacturing powerhouse, the products of the two towns are best consumed separately.
While you can race cars around the narrow lanes and up and down the hills, watch out for the grapes. Too many fermented bottles of those and its best to hand the keys over to someone else!
Of course, to refer to the wine made in Weinstadt as merely fermented bottles of grapes is to insult the long local wine-making tradition. The town wouldn’t have survived for more than 1,000 years if they were turning out second-rate vintages. There are humble table wines, but even the modest corkages are still deliciously quaffable.
One of the best times to sample all the local wines is at the Wine Experience held annually in April. The locals bring out all the new wines and bake up a storm, so there are wine and finger food tastings spread out on both sides of the Rems river.
Weinstadt uses the event to promote local vinters and help people meet the individuals responsible for each bottle. It’s very social, especially since the sampling portions are generous!
And as long as you are there in the summer, you can tour the wine village in Beutelsbach, one of the suburbs. From there you can head up the southern slopes and see the fields, as well as the sculptures in the fields. The Strümpfelbach vineyards also feature 29 bronze sculptures of various elements of wine-making in Weinstadt and visitors are welcome to walk around and check them out.
In September there is another wine festival in Weinstadt, with more than 100 different local labels presenting new vintages! It’s a three day event so you can break it up. See the Reformation era churches, have some wine. Stop by the historic town hall, have some wine. Walk by the river banks and watch the sunset, have some wine.
Opt not to drive away… and have some more of that delicious wine! :-)