Landeshauptstadt Dresden - 10.09.2018 15:47:49 Uhr 26.01.2021 15:23:00 Uhr
The Saxon state vineyard Schloss Wackerbarth cultivates its choice grapes on the sunny hillsides along the Elbe River.
© Weinbauverband Sachsen e.V. / Foto: Sächsisches Staatsweingut GmbH, Schloss Wackerbarth

A wonderful wine experience

Enjoyment is a big part of what Dresden Elbland is all about. And traditional Saxon wines play a big part in this. The Elbland region and the Saxon capital do more than just offer its guests exclusive wines to taste and take home, there are also many a wide range of wine experiences that customers will not quickly forget. Here are some great tips for creating an attractive travel program.

Among the best

The traditional variety of grapes in Dresden Elbland find recognition and appreciation far beyond the borders of the region. The Gault&Millau Wine Guide 2018 tested the exquisite wines and the wine growers. Now it is ready to tell national and international wine fans which trends this German wine region has on offer. Three Elbland wine growers especially impressed the wine connoisseurs.

  • Martin Schwarz’s vineyard in Radebeul benefits from its optimal location on the banks of the Elbe River. The cultivation of the grapes in this vineyard is characterised by a slow maturation process that produces elegant, lively wines.

  • Not far away is the renowned Sächsische Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth. The first vineyard in Europe dedicated not just to the wine but to the wine experience, is guided by a philosophy of enjoyment. This goes far beyond simply cultivating great wine and the vineyard offers visitors numerous cultural events. On 227 acres, the 120 employees of this “realm of the senses” look after the steep hills of the vineyard around Radebeul and Seußlitz to produce and bottle top-grade wines, sparkling wines and distilled products.

  • The wine grower Klaus Zimmerling has been tending his vineyard since 1992 and combines viniculture and art. In the studio Małgorzata Chodakowska, enchantingly located between the vineyards, beautiful female figures are created, mainly from wood, that radiate a feeling of inner peace and balance. It is a recipe for success that also comes through in Zimmerling’s wines.

Our hot-spots on the Saxon Wine Route

Where you can find the most beautiful vineyards and the best wine makers in the region.

  • Elegantly Saxon – that is Radebeul. A charming city centre, beautiful residential areas and a large selection of cultural attractions right beside the state capital and yet far away from the hustle and bustle of a big city. In the Erlebnisweingut Schloss Wackerbarth and in the Sächsischen Weinbaumuseum Hoflößnitz (Saxon Vineyard Museum in Hoflössnitz) your customers can discover all there is to know about the history and the cultivation of Saxon wines. And the paths that lead through the vineyards are an enticing place to go for a walk or even a longer hike. Your customers can meet the regions wine growers, get to know them personally and form their own opinion of the rarities of Saxon viniculture. The fantastic view of the Elbe River Valley from the top of the vineyards is a special bonus.

  • You should also include a visit to the winery Schloss Proschwitz – not just because of the exceptional wines, but also because of the charming location.

  • On the other side of Dresden is Pillnitz, which is now a part of the city of Dresden, whose vineyards make up a small but very delectable part of the winegrowing region. Plan to visit the Klaus Zimmerling vineyards, to capture the gusto of the region. The crowning moment of any stay in Pillnitz is a visit to the electoral palace with its picturesque gardens. A real highlight of the surrounding park is the Pillnitzer camellia. Now 230 years old, it is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe and when it flowers from February to April, it makes a winter visit to the gardens a really uplifting experience.

  • A real insider tip for wine and nature lovers is the municipality of Nünchritz. With its 11 vineyards, it has the highest concentration of wine growers in the entire Elbland. The best way to see the so-called Saxon Elbe wine villages is by bike. To discover the smaller wine growers in the region and to do some taste testing we would recommend using the Elberadweg (the bicycle hiking path along the Elbe river) and adjoining hiking paths.

Wine events worth noting

Numerous wine fests in Dresden Elbland offer pleasant diversions – all associated with the delectable drink made from the juice of the grapes. Let us show you the most beautiful ones for your travel itinerary.

  • Traditionally, Weinböhla hold its Winzerstraßenfest (Wine Growers Street Festival) on the first weekend in September. Around the church you will find a friendly, relaxed event with food, wine and song.

  • The Federweißermeile in Diesbar-Seußlitz, which takes place on the first weekend in October, has a charming programme for people of all ages that includes wine testing, musical highlights and numerous activities such as wine keg rolling and pumpkin weighing.

  • The Herbst- und Weinfest Radebeul, in connection with the Wandertheaterfestival (International Travelling Theatre Festival), is a true highlight in the region that you should plan to include in your travel programme. In addition to an extensive programme with impressive theatre productions ranging from mime to dance theatre to puppetry and a broad range of concerts, the fest has 28 winegrowers present where wine lovers can test more than 200 wines and Federweiße (a partially fermented young wine).

  • A festival area with 30 different venues is yours to discover at the Weinfest Meißen. The highlight of the event is the big wine parade where more than 40 wine growers, associations and companies from the region take part in beautifully decorated wagons.

  • At the state vineyard Schloss Wackerbarth, the start of the wine harvest is also the start of the Federweisse season (Federweisse is a very tasty, partially fermented young wine). On the second weekend in September, the Erlebnisweingut opens its gates for the Federweißerfest. In addition to the late summer wine speciality, visitors get to enjoy culinary specialities, beautiful musical accompaniment and charming vineyards, all in a grand baroque setting.

  • The crowning end of the season is the annual “Churfürstliche Weinbergfest” (Electoral Vineyard Fest) on the first weekend in October at the Weingut Hoflößnitz. Vineyard.

  • All of the regions wine festivals are listed here.

Our combination tips

The city’s museums have created an offer for connoisseurs which can be enjoyed in the Carl-Maria-von-Weber-Museum. “Music and Wine” welcomes its guests to a tasting of regional wines. Afterwards there is a short piano concert in a very cosy setting where the guests can talk to the musicians if they want to. At the end of the evening there is a tour of the museum for those who would like to go. A cooperation between the Landesbühnen Sachsen theatre and the state vineyard Schloss Wackerbarth has brought forth “Schauspiel und Wein” (Acting and Wine). After a performance by the ensemble of the Landesbühnen Sachsen theatre, the state vineyard will put on a tasting of 5 of its wines. Along with the wine there will be rustic delicacies to enjoy, so that you will satisfy all of your senses. This is a package deal for groups of 15 to 30 people and can be booked far in advance.