Wine Harvest & Winzerfest

Snip, snip, snip. Rustle, rustle. Snip. Rustle. Snip, snip. That’s the sound of the grape harvest in Germany this time of year, as thousands of hands move through the vines, pushing aside the leaves to find another bunch of grapes. Snip.

Plop drop the grapes into plastic buckets, as the pickers move along the rows of vines and the grapes …

Winzerfest – a chance to celebrate a very fine art…

Every year during summer and autumn, the wine regions of Germany come alive with festivals. Nearly every day, from mid June to mid October, the thousands of wine estates across Germany celebrate winemaking and life in general. There are several regional festivals within each wine growing area where visitors can meet the winemakers and sample the wines and regional cuisine. Seminars, tastings and trips to the vineyards all help to heighten your knowledge of the wines, differences between the areas and the art of winemaking, but the real highlight is the delicious food and the lovely friendly atmosphere.

Many of the wineries organise their own festivals where visitors are invited to join them, eating, drinking, touring the vineyard and cellar and rounding the day off with a delicious meal of regional dishes, not to mention wine! Every estate is different giving variety and individualism to each celebration, some have time-honoured traditions to up keep such as particular walks through the vineyard or toasting a member of the household while in the vineyard and there’s always lots of dancing.

These events are usually lively and very busy although there’s always a seat to be found. Its just one of those times when you talk about everything under gray or blue sky (depends on the weather) with the person next to you, even though you’ve only just met! Maybe it has something to do with the food… but then again, maybe its the wine!

The season for wine festivals is in high gear…now enhanced by a specialty only available at harvest time and in, or near, the wine-growing regions: “Federweisser.”

Federweisser — What Is It?

…a milky-turbid, aerated young wine with a light and sweet taste. After the annual grape harvest, the juices from the grapes are separated and allowed to ferment thus producing the milky still-fermenting grape juice known as “Federweisser” (Feder = feather, Weisser = whiter).

It is sold starting with 4% alcohol and its alcohol concentration increases during the ongoing fermentation to up to 10%. During the process of fermentation, Federweisser bottles must remain open to avoid explosion, therefore they are difficult to transport and this beverage is therefore usually only available in typical vine growing districts.

Not only is it a tasty fall treat, it’s also good for you! Federweisser is enriched with yeast particles, lactic acid bacteria and a high concentration of vitamin B1 and B2 and has a positive effect on intestinal activity.

Visitors to German wine country at this time of year can enjoy this unique specialty, traditionally served with “Zwiebelkuchen,” a delicious onion quiche.

Zwiebelkuchen (Onion Cake)

1 packet yeast, active dry
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups unbleached flour
1 tablespoon shortening
1 cup water (warm)
6 slices of Schwarzwalder Schinken (abrahams)
2 medium onions, sliced
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
1 cup sour cream

First mix the yeast, sugar, 1 t salt and 1/2 cup flour. Then blend in shortening and warm water, and beat for 2 minutes. If needed, add enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic for about 5 minutes. Then place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover it and let it rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.

Pat the dough into a lightly greased 12-inch pizza pan or baking sheet. Press up the edges to make a slight rim.

Now fry the chopped Schwarzwalder Schinken in a skillet until it is crisp. Remove from skillet and drain on absorbent paper. Add the sliced onions to the skillet and cook gently until tender.

Sprinkle onions, Schwarzwalder Schinken, cumin, 1/2 t salt and the pepper over the dough. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Blend the egg yolk and sour cream and pour it over the pre-baked Zwiebelkuchen. Now bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer until golden brown and the sour cream is set.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Hot Tip: Mix some Emmentaler cheese to the egg/ sour cream mix — just great for all
cheese lovers!


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  • Mutti..I love your story about wines. So what is with Octoberfest? I have an officemate from Germany naman but she basically grew up here and she coesn’t know any story about the history of Octoberfest. Her husband is from Bavaria.

    I should ask you what good wine should I buy na a bit sweet..we have here Reisling and Zinfandel pero to tell you the truth, hindi ko alam ang difference ng is’t-isa.

    By the way..okey na ako. ‘will e-mail you later about it. Shhh!!

  • Mutti now I remember you’re a wine lover too. Speaking of “Oktoberfest” well…historically it started as a wedding celebration of the King Ludwig I, who was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest continues in 1811 and this year is the 172nd Oktoberfest celebration. Oktoberfest specialty is beer and different kinds of wurst, Schweinehaxe (pata), grilled chicken and etc.

    Muttilein, Riesling is Germany’s greatest grape wine…therefore a great choice. If you’re looking for a sweeter style, try to find Riesling Auslese

    Auslese– individually picked ripe bunches of grapes to use for dessert wines.

    Riesling and Zinfandel are two different kinds of vines. They have different flavor profiles and both has a broad range of styles, being produced in both dry and sweet variations.

  • i really don’t drink wine. but i love grapes. :heartbeat: minsan, bumili si papa ng isang crate, ayon nalasing kaming lahat.

    Have you watched “A Walk in the Clouds” starring Keanu Reeves? The movie is full of scenes in the vineyard. “,):cloud9:

  • hay naku, mader bengski, malulugi sa kin ang mga wine makers. i don’t drink wine! hanggang coke lang po aking pobreng panlasa. hindi rin ako pwede sa oktoberfest, i don’t drink beer! juiceko, mababato ka sa kin, believe me! pero i could eat the sausages and eisbein mit sauerkraut (hehehe, dyan, walang problema! j’adore! tama ba spelling ko?). hey, but i could drink gin tonic, that’s the only alcoholic drink na type ko lasa. see? medyo baduy pa. nyehehehe… tapos kailangan isang “lagok” lang, hindi pa pwedeng maramihan ang inom (otherwise mangangati ang aking buong body, allergic ang yours truly sa alcohol.

    musta na?:-)


  • hi ate beng :heartbeat:

    long time no chika tayu hah?! :ouch: hay grabe tong wordpress nyo! kakaiba!! ang galing galing nyo naman idol!! :heartbeat:

  • kars hello,

    i was like you before na hindi umiinom ng wine. hanggang coke and juice lang ako noon. pero after awhile medyo nasanay na ako dahil madalas may wine dito during dinner. a walk in the clouds ay hindi ko pa yata napanood. hmmm, matingnan nga kong ano ang title nito in german. natanggap mo ba ang email ko?

    best greetings

  • darling bok,

    have u been to oktoberfest na ba? ako hindi pa…though talaga namang ayaw ko dahil super crowded. sumasakit ulo ko sa mga ganyan. winefest is okay kasi hindi gaano karami ang tao :shy:.

    eisbein and sauerkraut…hmmm tsalap yan. perfect darling ang spelling mo talo mo pa ang nakatira dito. oh btw, natanggap mo ba ang sagot ko doon sa email mo? just to make sure you got it dahil nagloko kasi itong incredimail ko.

    hindi na ako busy pero inaatake naman ako ng depression. ewan ko kong bakit…maaraw naman sana. ang hirap talaga ng tumatanda :duh:

    how’s ur migraine?

  • jays sweety,

    matagal na nga tayong walang chika anoh? madalas ako sa site mo…hindi nga lang ako nag-iwan ng comments. sus naman ang batang ito…bakit mo naman ako naging idol eh samantalang ikaw ang magaling mag-design sa ating dalawa.

    how are you doing?

  • atebengbengdanda,
    ako walang hilig sa wine or any alcoholic nakakalasing drink…pero pagdating sa grapes, hindi ko aatrasan yan! buti na lang at hindi ako grape picker, baka walang makarating sa wine presses! :hyper:
    lapit na weekend, have a nice one, ‘te bengbeng! :heartbeat:;-)

  • mami benggay,
    sugod na bundat ko kang seb deli na ko ganahan ug wine,ambot ba uy! I used to love Turkish Chankaya & Doluca Wines. Ang akong taas ilong hilig ug red wine fast jeden abend na sya mag drink ug a glass ra hinuon painit ba labi na ting- tugnaw! Mag tan-aw ko sa piktyurs sa taas guimingaw hinuon ko ug tuba,hehe ug tanduay See! mas baduy pa kow ni mami boksie,mwehehe

    enjoy weekend dear besos

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