The only German city incorporated in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network, which features for example the world-famous wine areas Bordeaux and Napa Valley, is Mainz/Rheinhessen. Sparkling wine has a long tradition in Mainz, and a sparkling wine producer with a lot of history, the “Kupferberg”, along with its museum, are some of the landmarks of German wine culture recommended by the German Wine Institute and well worth a visit.
The city arranges several guided tours combined with wine tastings, like for example the “Der Wein wandelt den Maulwurf zum Adler”-Tour, named after a quote from Charles Baudelaire.
When the vines are sagging with an abundance of plump and heavy grapes, this town on the Rhine presents its most charming face with innumerable wine festivals and lively culinary experiences in the traditional vineyard taverns. The highlight is the Mainz Wine Market, held on the last weekend of August and the first weekend of September. Later in the year, sample exquisite Rheinhessen wines in the traditional wine taverns of the picturesque old town and explore its narrow alleyways and enticing shops.
Rhineland-Palatinate celebrates its own 70th birthday. To mark the occasion, the Rhineland-Palatinate Cultural Heritage Directorate General is organising a special exhibition bearing the name "vor Zeiten – archeological treasures in the Rhine and Moselle Region" (May – October 2017) in the state museum of Mainz. Spectacular finds and unique exhibits will be on show. The journey through time will start more than 400 million years ago. Relics from the time of Charlemagne and the Second World War complete the exciting journey through archeological history.
Mainz and the reformation - Gutenberg Bible
The crown jewel of Gutenberg’s efforts is considered to be the 42-line Bible (B42). The 2-volume Bible with a total of 1,282 pages was created with the help of a staff of 20. Today, 49 copies remain in existence. Of these, two are owned by the Gutenberg museum. With this Bible, which remains to this day one of the most beautifully printed books in the world, Gutenberg proved that the "nova forma scribendi" was aesthetically equal to hand-writings, which were the most popular form of publishing at that time.