Stuttgart: capital of wine

Burgholzhof Aussicht. Photo: SMG Achim Mende

Stuttgart Weindorf. Photo: SMG Christoph Düpper

Gewölbe Collegium Wirttemberg. Photo: SMG

Stuttgart's unique topography makes it possible for vines to thrive from the heights to the city centre - in no other German metropolis is viticulture as present as in Stuttgart. Of the total of around 430 hectares of vineyards, the city of Stuttgart and its Städtisches Weingut itself cultivates around 17 hectares, spread over six of the best steep slopes - unique in Germany among the state capitals and, alongside Vienna, unique worldwide among the major cities.

The tradition of viticulture goes back a long way. Already in the 3rd century A.D. the Roman emperors had vineyards planted along the Neckar river and in the 16th century Stuttgart already belonged to the largest wine-growing communities in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation.

The Stuttgart region is dominated by red wine with Lemberger, Spätburgunder, Samtrot or Trollinger. Among the white wine varieties the Riesling must not be missing, but also Kerner, Silvaner and Weißburgunder or Sauvignon Blanc come into the bottle.

The fact that first-class wines are actually produced and served in the Stuttgart region is proven by the latest awards. The Karl Haidle winery in Remstal has won first place both in the German Red Wine Award and in Meininger's Red Wine Award - for the 2014 Zweigelt "R" and the "Stettener Mönchberg Gehrnhalde Lemberger Großes Gewächs". The Jürgen Ellwanger Winery and the Collegium Wirtemberg were also awarded prizes. Reason enough to visit the Stuttgart "Wengertern" (winegrowers).

Visitors can experience the wine and the Swabian sociability at the numerous wine festivals in the region. Above all the Stuttgart Weindorf, one of the largest and most attractive wine festivals in Germany. More than 500 regional quality wines can be tasted here from 28 August to 8 September 2019. Around 30 restaurateurs and winegrowers will be inviting you to enjoy their cosy wine taverns and offer Swabian specialities such as cheese spaetzle, Maultaschen or Schupfnudeln with sauerkraut. A cosy evening in this entertaining and unique atmosphere with friends, company or congress colleagues is unforgettable.

The Stuttgart Convention Bureau can procure a wide range of supporting programmes relating to wine: for example a guided tour of the wine-growing museum followed by a wine tasting or a guided vineyard tour on foot, by pedelec or in an old-timer bus and of course with a hearty snack.

Of course, there are also numerous event locations in the Stuttgart region with wine connections, such as the "Alte Kelter" in Fellbach, the new and trendy "Club Traube" in the east of Stuttgart, the official "Winery of the City of Stuttgart" or the "Collegium Wirtemberg" with its rustic cellar vault. In the location search of the Stuttgart Convention Bureau you can search directly for it with the keyword "wine".