Riesling Vineyard and Eberbach Abbey Private Guided Tour with Lunch
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Are you ready for a day of wish fulfillment? Settle in for an hour drive in a luxury vehicle through enchanting Rheingau, one of Germany's most fabulous wine growing regions. This picturesque valley, with its hilltops dotted with castles and fortresses, is home to many charming wine villages.
Your destination? A vineyard where you'll be treated to a private discovery tour. A local expert guide will introduce you to the area's winemaking traditions and offer you a tasting, which will include varieties (of course) of Riesling. Tantalize your taste buds even more with a hearty lunch at the vineyard restaurant (at your own expense).
The enchantment continues with a guided tour of Eberbach Abbey, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval monasteries. Founded by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, one of the most important monks of the Cistercian order, the Abbey, in its heyday, owned broad expanses of land and vineyards. In the 15th century, the monks had a (now-lost) 18,000-gallon wine barrel made. Imagine that! Vincentius Opsopoeus, a Bavarian humanist, placed it on a level with the pyramids, saying, "Is not Eberbach's barrel also comparable to the wonders of the ancients? Our planet will nevermore possess a larger one."
The Abbey made headlines again in the 1980s, when French director Jean-Jacques Annaud and James Bond star Sean Connery shot the film version of Umberto Eco's dark medieval murder mystery, The Name of the Rose, on location here. The Abbey now hosts regular screenings of the film and is home to the Rheingau Musik Festival, an international classical music festival. When you've had your fill, your driver will take you back to your hotel or drop you off wherever you request in the center of Frankfurt. Today, your wishes are commands.
The Name of the Rose director Jean-Jacques Annaud once told the book's author, Umberto Eco, that he was convinced that it was written for only one person, him, to direct. He was greatly intrigued by the project, due in part to a lifelong fascination with medieval churches and a great familiarity with Latin and Greek. Annaud spent four years preparing the film, traveling throughout the United States and Europe, searching for the perfect multiethnic cast with interesting and distinctive faces. And he clearly found a perfect location!
Non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of requested services.