Our German idyll continues along the Rhine which we entered at Koblenz. The entire section from here to the Rhinegau is listed as a UNESCO site, featuring castles at every bend in the river and the
famous Lorelei. We docked at Rudesheim and were greeted by Robin Reidel from Weingut Georg Breuer who spent the afternoon with us. Our first part was a ride on the cable car that lifts you high above the
vineyards. When you get off, you have a spectacular view of Rudesheim,
the Rhine and of course the vineyards. After a commentary on the huge statue, La Germania, Robin led us through the vineyards where we paused at an outcrop terrace for a tasting of two Breuer wines:Jeux
(blanc de noirs) and Charme (riesling.)
From there we went on to the wine cellars, built in 1880, to have our official tasting of 5 additional wines all based on Breuer’s specialty, dry riesling: Sauvage 2012, a great entry riesling for 9 euros; Rudesheim Estate 2011, a step-up in quality for just a euro more; Terra Montosa 2012, which is getting towards the top Breuer style of great structure and minerality; Berg Rottland 2009, from one of their top single vineyard sites, which still needs 5 years aging (who said white wines don’t improve with age?); Auslese 2010 which at 11% residual sugar is one of the few sweet wines made at the winery.
After our visit, we made the short walk back to the ship and after dinner on board, many went to the famous Drosselgasse for some evening entertainment.