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It's wine o'clock.

Last week, we sent our apprentices on a discovery tour to take a look behind the scenes of wine production. In our opinion, no other beverage is as versatile as wine, whether as a dry red wine, a fine white wine or a sweet rosé.

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For example, did you know that we Germans drink an annual average of about 20 litres of wine and 4 litres of sparkling wine per person or that there are over 16,000 different grape varieties worldwide? - No? Then join us on a discovery tour and find out what our trainees have learned on their journey around the subject of wine.

The excursion began at the port of Hamburg, from where we headed towards Koblenz. Once there, the apprentices took a journey back in time to the history of wine and sparkling wine. When they entered the sparkling wine cellar, they were literally transported back 200 years and were able to experience how people used to make wine and sparkling wine in the vaults. On the second day, the craftsmanship of the winemaker was also evident. Be it during the impressive cable car ride, where our explorers got to see the full scope of winegrowing, or in the Oestrich-Winkel estate, where the complex grape variety of Riesling was explained in all its facets and flavours. The crowning glory of the educational trip was a wine tasting and hike through the vineyards of Rüdesheim.

As the saying goes: "Experience is the best teacher" and we live this saying with heart and soul, so we are already looking forward to the next trip.

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FIVE WINE FACTS YOU MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN:

  • For vine cultivation and wine production, the education to become a vintner is 36 months.
  • The optimal serving temperature for wines is between 8-16 degrees, depending on which wine is being drunk. Sparkling wine is best enjoyed at 8-10 degrees, white wine at 8-12 degrees and red wine at 14-18 degrees.
  • Up to 0.7 litres of wine can be extracted from one kilo of grapes.
  • Germany grows 64 % white wine.
  • Red wine is good for your health. Two glasses a day prevent cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's.

„The trip to Rüdesheim was a very nice experience. It was very educational, informative and at the same time relaxed and amusing. Since I, like the majority of us, had never been to a wine-growing region before, I got many new impressions as soon as I arrived in the evening. The highlight of the trip was without a doubt the wine tasting at the Wegeler winery on the second day. We were allowed to visit the wine cellar and walk through the vineyards of Rüdesheim with a view of the Rhine. All this with an excellent wine accompaniment and interesting facts about wine. In general, it was simply nice that we were able to get together once again, or even once at all, as a "graduating class".”

Jessica Flemming (Trainee)

„The trainee trip was like theory and practice combined. Through practical application, which was of course also fun, we internalised all the important aspects of wine and sparkling wine, as well as their cultivation. At the same time, of course, we developed a completely different ability to work in a team, as we got to know each other a little better when we raised our glasses together.”

Lydia Roczak (Trainee)

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