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Phyllis Schweikle and her husband, Tony, live in southern Italy. It is a land called Magna Grecia, first occupied by Cyclops then by Saracen pirates. Their home overlooks the Tyrrhenian
Sea, minutes drive from bridges built by Romans, Greek temples,and towns first established over 2000 years ago. The colors ofthis landscape and the sea, the reach of history and art, the variety of cuisine, the language and its myriad of dialects, are of endless fascination. Most important are their neighbors, who have welcomed them into the Comune (ko-MOON-eh) with patience, humor, and generosity.




















From the first red wine produced along the Mosel River during Roman rule to the sweet Riesling for which the country is renowned, German wine is woven into the country’s culture and history.

Many member cities of the Historic Highlights of Germany are inviting travelers to experience this firsthand this fall with a series of wine-themed events, activities and offers.

In Mainz, more than 50 wine growers from throughout the region assemble during the first weekend in September for the annual Mainz Wine Market (photo at left). The event has craft stalls, rides, music and fireworks and, of course, dozens of wine stands. Wine-making goes back nearly 2,000 years in Trier, where several two-night packages feature special themes such as wine cultivation during Roman rule and a combination of World Heritage site visits and wine culture.

In Heidelberg, packages include the Heidelberg Wine and Chocolate Tasting with five wines from regional vineyards and five fine chocolates. Wine has long been central to life in Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel Rivers, where the “Wine Village” welcomes visitors to enjoy a glass of wine in the quiet setting of half-timbered houses.

Würzburg, situated on the Main River, is home to several wine estates, where visitors can enjoy tours and wine-tastings—including the Juliusspital, whose 400-year old, 800-foot long wine cellar makes it one of the oldest and largest German wineries.

Historic Highlights of Germany suggests two “Dream Routes” that focus on wine. Click on "Dream Routes" on our site at: