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January 2024: Spotlight on The Rhine

This month’s Wine Club, in partnership with AmaWaterways, heads to the Rhine River in Germany.

Read on to find out more.

The Rheingau is perhaps the most popular of German wine regions. Because the Rhine River expands in some areas amounting to small ‘lakes’ that produce humidity and heat, the river’s edge offers the ideal conditions for vines to grow. The diverse terroir in the area allows for the production of a wide range of wines, each expressing the characteristics of its particular vineyard site. Like much of Germany, dry Rieslings prevail here, but so does Pinot Noir for those who prefer dry and antioxidant-rich reds.

German wine laws and quality classifications, help ensure that wines meet certain standards based on factors like ripeness, sugar levels, and grape quality. These regulations contribute to the consistency and quality of wines produced in the region.

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Captivating Rhine Wine Cruise

Contoured by vineyard-clad hills and castles from yesteryear, the legendary Rhine captivates – and we invite you discover the flavour of this tantalising region on a Celebration of Wine River Cruise with enhanced epicurean experiences included in the price of your cruise. Immerse yourself in France’s Alsace region in its welcoming capital, Strasbourg, and its priceless gem, Riquewihr. Discover Breisach, rising above the vineyards of the Rhine, and Freiburg, one of Germany’s sunniest cities and gateway to the Black Forest. Fabled towns lost in time present you with the chance to taste local flavours – Rüdesheimer coffee and Kölsch beer – and to touch history up close with guided hikes and bike rides. From Amsterdam’s colourful canals to Germany’s Black Forest, journey into the heart of the destinations you visit.

Itinerary: Amsterdam to Basel

  • Day 1: Amsterdam – Embarkation
  • Day 2: Amsterdam
  • Day 3: Dusseldorf
  • Day 4: Rhine Gorge – Rudesheim
  • Day 5: Ludwigshafen
  • Day 6: Strasborg
  • Day 7: Breisach
  • Day 8: Basel – Disembarkation

Departure dates: March – November 2024

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  • Category E (fixed window) from £2,803pp
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Includes flights, overseas transfers & up to £2,284 savings per couple

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Win a case of wine from the Rhine region of Germany

Comment below and tell us your favourite region of Germany, and why?

A winner will be chosen in early February 2024.
The competition closes on 31 January 2024.

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  1. Cruising through the Rhine George with lovely scenery particularly with the castles on the sides of the river. Lovely towns to visit and many places to taste the local wine.

  2. I have yet to visit this wonderful country ……so a taste of its wine may inspire to head off there sooner rather than later…..!!

  3. Bavaria is my destination of choice combining easily accessible cityscapes and mountain scenery crowned by fairytale Neuschwanstein castle and a dip in the Konigsee

  4. Bavaria because it has such a dreamlike/fairytale atmosphere.
    (Autocorrect amended my above statement so this replaces it please)

  5. I love the south of Germany and the Black Forest, together with Munich where you can have wonderful times at the beer fests great fun

  6. I really enjoyed visiting Cologne a few years ago for a visit during the Christmas markets. The Cathedral was so beautiful, giving a quiet oasis among the bustling market stalls. A Rhine river trip was also a highlight, meandering along the river in the Wintertime, and we were made welcome wherever we went.

  7. I love Moselle wines. There is so much variety between the dry slaty wines from Trier to the richer rounder ones from the central areas like Cochem and on to Koblenz.

  8. Bavaria is our favourite region because of the lovely green valleys and sunning mountains. Great to visit the magical castles in the area. We holiday regularly in the area and never disappointed. The range of food ,wines (especially Riesling , Pinot Noir ,and Pinot Gris / Blanc) and beers is excellent. The people are really nice friendly and welcoming . A visit to the stunning Munich is a must and also to the beer cellar . We holiday in this area regularly and look forward to returning!!

  9. I have no idea,, we are looking at doing a river cruise and Germany was where we fancied. A friend did it and the places they stopped looked amazing.

  10. Well I’ve never been to Germany – YET – hope to remedy this one day! Have always tried to travel to the furthest away places first – thinking I could travel to the nearer ones when I’m older!

  11. Bavaria, from Munich to Garmish Patrtenkirchen is a delightful area. Bierstube in Munich, walks in the hills in Summer and skiing in the Winter in the mountains.

  12. Germany’s Moselle region because it is Germany’s oldest wine region, producing amazing world class Riesling wine.

  13. The area of Germany close to Strasbourg is a delightful part to visit, so worth popping over the border into Germany here.

  14. Munich is my chosen area due to its links to the mountains.
    Clean outdoor spaces , friendly locals

  15. A box of lovely wine to help us celebrate a new home and a happy healthy NEW YEAR 2024.

  16. I visited Freiburg several years ago but wasn’t able to stay long. I thought it was a charming town and would love to explore it further and spend more time in the Black Forest.

  17. Happy memories of Paderborn in North Rhine Westphalia. My daughter’s early years were spent there and it was a wonderful place.

  18. Bavaria – mountains rivers castles and great Bavarian food and not forgetting the beer

  19. I love the town of Aachen in North-Rhine Westphalia. They have a wonderful Christmas market.

  20. I visited Gelsenkirchen many moons ago and really liked it there – Wikipedia tells me it is in the North Rhine-Westphalia region.

  21. Rudesheim is our favourite place in Germany. The music museum left us open mouthed and everyone sang along to the music. Also the Rudesheim coffee made from Asbach brandy coffeend crem was to die for. The owner of the local hotel showed me how to make them which was really nice.

  22. I have never been to Germany but would say Berlin as I remember as a child watching the wall come down and how history was being made as I watched.

  23. We love the picturesque Rhine valley and the Main. There are so many beautiful historic castles and quaint medieval towns – it’s a tourist’s paradise!

  24. Surprisingly the Munich area.
    I have a couple of very happy memories of my time spent there.
    Fingers crossed

  25. Bavaria is my favourite because of the opportunities for skiing and other winter sports

  26. The stuff dreams are made of. Cruising, beautiful scenery and fabulous wines. Thank you.

  27. We would love to visit Bavaria as there are so many wonderful old building there making the towns almost like a fairy tale.

  28. Berlin Region is my favourite, as i have gamily there wgo i love to visit when i can.

  29. Definitely the black forest it’s so beautiful nothing matches it there’s castles lots of them to explore quaint little villages and towns and vineyards and waterfalls

  30. I have never been but my daughter is going to Munich for 4 months in April and am really looking forward to a short break /visit whilst she’s there

  31. Ich liebe Rudesheim!
    Such a cute & interesting town – with so much to do in such an efficacious region!!

  32. Ich liebe Rudesheim! What’s a cute & dynamic place – with so much to do in this efficacious region!

  33. I love mountains and forests, so anywhere towards the south-east of Germany would be my favourite – the Bavarian Alps, for example

  34. We love Munich and the Bavarian Alps fabulous traditional German culture and very friendly people. Beautiful scenery as well.

  35. Oh definitely the Black Forest with its links to the Grimm fairy tales, its small villages set among the mountains and the trees.

  36. My favourite region of Germany is Bavaria. I love the dramatic landscape of mountains and lakes, the picturesque alpine villages and the amazing fairytale castles.

  37. Bavaria – pristine countryside, clean air, a wealth of culture and infamous laid-back Bavarian attitude of friendly ‘’Laid” people. So many romantic places to explore, castles, alps, so many tasty dishes to try, and their wine and beers aren’t too bad either!

  38. The Rhine Gorge. I was on a River Cruise last October starting in Basel and sailing up the Rhine and seeing the castles and vineyards on the sides of the valleys was absolutely incredible. I don’t know how the grapes are picked on those steep slopes!! Also our drive through the Black Forest was enchanting. Can’t wait to have another cruise and a wine tasting cruise this time would be even better!

  39. Middle Rhine is my favourite area as that produces the great Pinot Noir grapes on the stunning sloping terraced vineyards along the river. The best wine region!

  40. Love Berlin a vibrant city with great cultural life, history, river cruises and fine dining with the great service and order of local oversight

  41. I love Bavaria. I first went there to work in my summer holidays when a student many years ago, and I have loved it ever since.

  42. I’ve only passed through Germany once so don’t know it well but would love to visit Bavaria

  43. I haven’t been to many German destinations so can’t say I have a favourite. I did take my partner to visit Miniature Wunderland in Hamburg. It was amazing and Hamburg had some beautiful outdoor spaces, waterways and buildings. A river cruise would be an ideal way to find a new favourite.

  44. Have not explored Germany other then visit Christmas Market in Berlin 8 years ago. Exploring the wine regions would be a great place to start.

  45. Have never been to Germany. but have German friends. It would be interresting to see their areas

  46. The only place I’ve been to in Germany is to Berlin which I loved – I’m saving exploring the rest of the country for when I’m older!

  47. We absolutely loved Berlin – such a wealth of museums and places to visit. We need to go back!

  48. We love to go to Bavaria, in particular Bamberg, the old town being a UNESCO world heritage site. The many beer gardens just have to be explored!

  49. I’ve only ever been to Frankfurt & Cologne for business so would love to see more, a river cruise through the wine region sounds ideal.

  50. By default my favourite place in Germany has to be Essen which is in North-Rhine/Westphalia – the only place in Germany I’ve ever stayed. I flew to Dusseldorf with my adult son who was taking part in a Star Wars Convention (as Yoda!) and transferred by train to Essen. I went to help him get dressed in his papier mache head etc. The city has modern art galleries, music venues, the famous Zollverein industrial complex, a botanic garden and historic centre. However, when we ate out at a restaurant specialising in German food the wine list had no German wine on it so I had to ask the waiter if they had any German wine; he brought me another list from which I chose a very good Riesling. I’d love to win a case of that.

  51. I would have to choose Freiburg im Breisgau. I was a student there in the 1960s and fell in love with the city, situated as it is in the heart of the major Baden wine-growing region. There’s so much to see and do both in the city itself and the surrounding countryside, with France and Switzerland both within easy reach if you want to venture farther afield.

  52. Bavaria as I spent many weekends visiting places in Bavaria when I worked in Prague & of course for the beer! Some impressive castles too incl Neuschwanstein

  53. long time since I visited. Used to go to Cologne which is a lovely city to visit. would love to go on a Rhine cruise or visit Bavaria.

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