What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of traveling in Germany?
I asked that question on Twitter while in Hamburg earlier this year. I was one of 50 international travel bloggers at the Social Travel Summit (it’s a seriously awesome and inspiring conference, apply for it next year if you’re a serious blogger) and the German National Tourist Board gave us a surprise invitation to pitch a unique trip to showcase German traditions; I was fishing for ideas with my tweet.
If you thought beer, you were the overwhelming majority and I’m going back because of you!
(If not, tell me in the comments what came to your mind).
While I love German beer (and radler), it was only recently that I learnt that Germany is the home of one my favorite wines – the Riesling! And all through summer and fall, the countryside comes alive with traditional wine festivals.
I knew my pitch – #NotJustBeer – a 2 week trip through the Rhine Valley to experience and showcase Germany’s lesser-known wine culture. And thanks to a suggestion by fellow blogger Kash (of BudgetTraveler) – bring a slice of it back to India with a wine tasting and Google Hangout event with my readers.
Over the next two weeks, I’ll revel in the traditional Rudesheim Wine Festival in the scenic Rheingau, sleep in a wine barrel (!), hike along Pinot Noir and Riesling vineyards, learn the art of wine making at a Medieval-era monastery, and shadow a wine merchant in his cellar!
Let’s discover the world of German wines together:
- Follow my live updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Share your own stories (or follow along) with #JoinGermanTradition, #NotJustBeer and #MustLoveFestivals
- Join Germany Tourism on Instagram, which will be curated by yours truly in the second half of August.
- Keep a lookout for my German wine tasting event in India; tell me in the comments whether you would like to attend in Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore?
See you from the other side. Prost!
Update (Sept 30, 2015): I ended my trip with some great stories! Check out how I sneaked a peek into Germany’s wine culture at the Rudesheim Wine Festival and discovered the surprising world of German wines (including sleeping in a wine barrel).