Visit to Weingut Salwey

This weekend, my wife and I were at Weingut Salwey in Oberrotweil in the Kaiserstuhl region of Baden, Germany. The Kaiserstuhl is Germany’s warmest wine growing region. The soil there consists mainly of volcanic rock and lava, with a large part covered by loess and clay.

Weingut Salwey

Although some of the wines on Salwey’s tasting menu were already sold out, there was still everything to taste and buy from the higher-priced wines. I didn’t take any notes, so these are just my impressions afterwards. More detailed notes will follow in the future when I can sit down and spend more time with each of the individual wines we bought.

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Travel plans for the Kaiserstuhl in Baden

If all goes according to plan, my wife and I will be travelling to the Kaiserstuhl region of Baden in two weeks’ time. The Kaiserstuhl is a chain of more than ten hills in southwest Germany and a well-known wine-growing region for Burgundian grape varieties, especially Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. The predominant soil types are volcanic stones with a layer of loess. I’ll make sure to take a photo of the impressive terraces that were constructed to plant the vines.

I am most looking forward to a tasting at the Salwey winery, which I will report on soon! It’s not so easy to find an interesting pinot gris, but I’ve heard encouraging things about theirs. As far as pinot noirs are concerned, their reputation is excellent.

Because of the proximity to Alsace, which is only a short drive across the Rhine, we are also going to visit the beautiful town of Colmar in France. Whether I will have the opportunity to taste some Alsatian wines as well remains to be seen.

More details coming soon!