MinheimJuly 26, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C
We took advantage of a special offer and stayed 3 nights at Minheim for the price of 2 (saving €6.50!) The German Bord Atlas (a book listing thousands of motorhome stopovers) comes with discount vouchers. They typically offer free additional nights but some offer discounted entry to a spa or money off wine if the stopover is at a vineyard.
Minheim is a village with one bakery and more than a dozen 'weinguten' (places selling homebrewed wine from a vineyard). Before we came here we thought of vineyards as large operations sprawling over acres of land. Don't get us wrong, there are several of this type here, but the vast majority of places producing wine are doing so on a very small scale and selling it out of their own houses. We visited one place where a chocolate labrador tried (in a very labradorish way) to see us off and the proprietor came rushing out with her half eaten bowl of breakfast cereal in hand. We searched for an award winning place and after finally locating the closed back door with the name of the weingut above it we rang the doorbell to find nobody home!
The site turned out to be quiet, and a great base for a few days' activities. We tandemed along the riverside cycle track and upon reaching the end of the track (where the river bank turned in to steep cliff) we followed a signpost up the hillside. The path narrowed to only as wide as Vicky's two feet and too narrow for Will's two wide feet! It snaked back and forth through rows of vines to ameliorate against the gradient and at several points we climbed steps carved out of the hillside stone. Once at the top there was a view of the river winding around headlands
There were vines for as far as the eye could see, their geometric lines exaggerating the topography. To make the most of the late afternoon sunshine, we went swimming in the river. It felt cold at first but the flow was so slight that the top layer was warmed by the sun and it quickly felt warm- even to Vicky!
The next day we took a 4 hour canoe trip for lunch in Piesport, the next town along from Minheim on the opposite bank. It rained a little but the air was warm and the rain light so it didn't spoil our enjoyment. We saw lots of sandpipers flying low over the water and perched on the bank. We even glimpsed a kingfisher! Along the way we passed a small dock for a tiny sparkling wine vineyard that could only be reached by boat due to the gradient of the bank either side of it! Upon arriving at Piesport we wound our way up the hill a short distance away from the main shopping area to find a small and empty cafe. The person behind the counter was warm and welcoming. She showed us a photo of their homemade speciality and Vicky made the mistake of thinking it was pizza. 'Nein, es ist nicht pizza!' came the enflamed response. It ended up being a delicious dish called Flammkuchen (similar to pizza but with a biscuity base) and local to the Mosel valley. We followed it with a delicious plum cake and cherry sponge and crumble combo, both made with fresh fruit.Read more