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A wine press in Johannisberg

Next up on our trek was Johannisberg.

Leaving the excitement of the church fete behind us we wound our way over the next hill and dropped down into the small town that was presumably named after someone called Johan.

The main attraction of this town is the rather large castle that sits atop a large escarpment and towers over the rolling vines that sweep down the hillside towards the river.

And what does this castle have to offer? It is in fact a vineyard and has been making it's own brew (or ferment or whatever you do to wine) for a good few hundred years. So we'd have to sample it. Be rude not to.

As it was a reasonably nice day we set ourselves up in the large courtyard cum garden that serves as a café / bar. White wine and flammkuchen (sp?) duly ordered we settled back for a bit of a break from our exertions of the day so far.

And very nice the wine was too. Unfortunately all the 'tables with a view' along the castle wall were taken so we weren’t getting the most out of it. This was also not helped by the fact that somehow this courtyard seemed to act not as a sun trap but as a wind trap. It all got a bit blustery despite this being a bit of a warm, still day.

So although this was a decent enough place we took a management decision to head onto our next destination - Oestrich-Winkel.

After all - it appears that there is a wine-brewing castle there too. Quite a co-incidence...

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A wine press in Johannisberg
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