Best Of Wine Tourism Awards 2015 for Mainz | Rheinhessen conferred in the jury session on 15.9.2014 in Mainz City Hall.
The coveted Best Of Wine Tourism Awards of the international wine network of the Great Wine Capitals were conferred for the year 2015 by a ten-member jury.
The Dr. Hinkel Weingut from Framersheim convinced the jury with the most
innovative approach. Apart from a new, also award-winning vinothek
(“Rheinhessen excellent”), the winery regularly offers colour-wine
tasting in its specially equipped wine event room. Anyone who would like
to experience how different colour moods influence one’s own taste and
how certain grape varieties can develop their special characteristics is
just right here. The family vineyard in the fourth generation received
the Best of Award in the Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences category.
The prize in the Wine Tourism Service category goes to the Best Western Hotel Alzey that was able to score with its new concept of an original heritage wine bus which takes the hotel’s guests to winegrowers in the whole of Rheinhessen. The special feature: the nostalgic bus trips with picnics at lovely locations and barbecuing pleasure can be chosen exactly the same as an evening tour with four menus at four different winegrowers.
Art and culture have brought the disused erstwhile railway premises in Nieder-Olm back to life again for over a year. Under the management of the team from Schloss Sörgenloch, not only has an event location been fundamentally redesigned here in accordance with modern aspects, but on or by track 3 a special cultural treat takes place at least once a month, accompanied by wines from various Rheinhessen winegrowers as well as products from the cuisine of the already prize-winning Schloss Sörgenloch (Best Of 2012). More than enough reason to present the Art and Culture award to Nieder-Olm.
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The Weingut Kapellenhof in Selzen is awarded the prize for Architecture, Parks and Gardens 2015. The listed monument ensemble, the roots of which date back into the 14th century, with an Art nouveau villa from the year 1901 with original windows and doors, its own vinothek and a garden, that is cultivated by the Schätzel family following the model of English landscape gardens, offers in combination with the starred “Kaupers” restaurant an experience for all senses. The sunny garden, the wine restaurant and the vinothek are perfect venues for enjoying Rheinhessen wine at its best.
Sustainability in the vineyard and cellar as well as the cultivation of its own herbs and vegetables distinguish the Weingut Miriam Schneider in Mainz-Hechtsheim. The ensemble, consisting of a vinothek and vineyard shop entitled “Kraut und Reben” [‘Herb and Vines’], that was only opened in 2014, offers a balanced concept that is currently among the most innovative offers in Mainz. Winegrower Miriam Schneider and her family were able to pick up points with the jury with the comprehensive range on offer for the Best Of Award Sustainability in Wine Tourism.
The Best Of Awards 2015 have been conferred, as they are each year, in all ten international Great Wine Capitals. Apart from Mainz | Rheinhessen, they are Bordeaux, Bilbao | Rioja, Christchurch | South Island, Florence, Cape Town, Porto, Mendoza, Valparaiso | Chile and San Francisco | Napa Valley. The national prize-winners are automatically qualified for the international finals at the beginning of November in Mendoza (Argentina).
The 2015 Jury chaired by the Mayor of Mainz, Michael Ebling, consists of: Claus Schick, Chief Executive of Mainz-Bingen; Anja Wendling, Rheinland-Pfalz Tourismus GmbH; Hilke Nagel, Managing Directress VDP; Otto Schätzel, Director DLR Oppenheim; Heribert Gröber; Specialist Advisor on Wine Marketing in the Ministry of the Environment RLP; Hans-Willi Fleischer, Die Mainzer Winzer e.V.; Jürgen Hill, Chamber of Architects RLP, and as a new member Christian Halbig, Managing Director Rheinhessen Touristik GmbH.
Written by Decanter