The Ahr valley: A Pinot Noir paradise – Here’s to life, grapevines and good wine!

Even the ancient Romans recognized the favorable climatic conditions of this region and used it for winegrowing. Today, nearly 80 % of the approx. 500-hectare vineyard area is covered by red wine grapevines. For wine lovers, the Ahr growing region is a gem. The slate soil, Mediterranean climate, philosophy and expertise of the winemakers all combine to create expressive, magical wines: velvety-fruity, with a unique composition, elegance and fruity richness.

Spend a little more time in the Ahr Valley and let yourself be captivated by the fantastic pinot noir. Wine growing dominates the landscape: the vines grow in rows on steep slopes, and nearly 1,500 hours of sunshine per year provide the grapes with optimal growing conditions. The barren ground absorbs the heat during the day and releases it into the vines at night. Apart from Pinot Noir, the king of the red grapes, Portugieser, Dornfelder and Pinot Noir Précoce are some of the valuable specialties of the region. Work on the steep slopes is strenuous for the winemakers, but the outstanding wines are a just reward for this effort.

Experience wine at the Burggarten winery on the Ahr, Ahr valley

Experience wine at the Burggarten winery on the Ahr, Ahr valley

Freshly picked grapes, Ahr valley

Freshly picked grapes, Ahr valley

The 35-kilometer Red Wine Trail is less demanding. On the easy to moderate stages between Bad Bodendorf and Altenahr, you will experience the most typical features of the Ahr Valley, with its lush vineyards and mysterious castle ruins. Descents and paths lead directly to wine-growing villages where you can stop for a visit and enjoy the hospitality of the Ahr Valley. Even though there are still traces of the July 2021 flood in the valley, hosts, winemakers and retailers are still welcoming guests and customers with their distinctive Ahr Valley charm.

Golden tip

Worth gold

Get to know Ahr Valley hospitality at a hiking and wine event! Whether it’s the Ahr Valley Summit Festival in June, the AhrSteig Action Days in the summer or the wine weekends during the fall harvest time – it is easy to combine activities and enjoyment in the Ahr Valley.


What also glitters...

Uferlichter (Shoreline Lights) in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Klangwelle (Sound Wave) in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, the prestigious AhrSteig hiking trail, the government bunker documentation site, Are castle ruins (Altenahr) and Saffenburg (Mayschoß)

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