With the end of summer around the corner and Oktoberfest on the horizon, what do we do while we wait for the huge tents and liters of beer and the infamous pee wall?! Luckily the Germans thought about this for me and for about 10 days at the end of August and early September we are blessed with the Wine Festival, in our area the Stuttgarter Weindorf. All over Germany there are these Wine Festivals, ours being nowhere near the largest in the country but still fairly large boasting over 500 wines from the region. So even though I'm four weeks post op from my foot surgery, I couldn't resist a wine festival that was only 20 minutes away from my home.
I ended up making it only twice. I tried to go on days that had a smaller crowd. The thought of someone accidentally stepping on my recently operated on foot and thus causing immense amounts of pain and another possible surgery wasn't exactly worth going into a crowd. I did go dancing with my boot on a few weeks ago, but that is a whole different story! Anyway, back to the wine festival...so fun, and overall a great festival. Like the Stuttgart Summer Festival, the crowd is a little bit different than that of, say, Oktoberfest. Drinks and overall prices were also higher, but oh man the wine was so good! There were so many to sample, it was really hard to decide!
Region Stuttgart has some information in general about the wine in Stuttgart....
Since fall is on the horizon, my photos weren't as great as I had hoped...and the wine probably wasn't helping my photography skills. Anyhow, here are some photos I captured from the fest.
Tip: If you make it to the festival go during the day or on a Sunday afternoon. It gets packed at night, even on weeknights! Bring some water since in Germany and most of Europe you have to pay for water (and it's not cheap either). Have change on hand for the restrooms (toilette). There is generally an attendant charing 50 cents or possibly 1 Euro to use the facilities.
Have you ever been to a wine festival? What was your experience like?