This weekend the wine fest season of the Pfalz was started with the almond blossom festival (Mandelblütenfest). Every year the happening of this event is decided just a week or two ahead – the blossom of the thousands of almond trees is setting the date. This year we were absolutely blessed! The trees were in full bloom, the sun was shining Saturday afternoon and all Sunday. Thousands and thousands of guests came to celebrate the fest in the village of Gimmeldingen, a suburb of the city of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. Ca 2600 inhabitants live here in the tiny town, which was first mentioned in 1109 as ‘Gomeltingen’.
Around here the big vineyard, actually called a ‘Grosslage’, Meerspinne is found with ca 850 ha. The single vineyards (Einzellagen) are Biengarten (20 ha), Kapellenberg (35) Mandelgarten (33), Schlössel (33). One of the most known wineries of the village is Weingut Christmann and my personal favorites Johan F. Ohler and Mugler are found here as well. Riesling is spritzig from these sites, some have lots of minerality, all have good structure and most are fruity. Wines from Ortswein up to Grosse Gewächse can be found here. And so can some of the regions most popular restaurants and wine taverns (Weinstuben).
The festival is concentrated in the center of the village, where all wineries open up their estates and offer good, simple food to their wines. But, since a few years, some of the wineries are taking their guests outside the village – to sit in the middle of the vineyard. Which is absolutely gorgeous! The almond trees are lined up along the road leading from Gimmeldingen over to Königsbach, where the view openes up all the way over to Odenwald and Heidelberg… Sitting here with a good glass of wine and some nice friends around you, you know: winter is over!
I wished everyone could come and see this! Especially you in Sweden, where spring waits a few more weeks…
PS: Here you can read more about the almond blossom of the Pfalz.