Until last April, I had never heard of a Wine Witch Festival. Wine festivals, sure, Germany is famous for them, but what, I wondered, was a Wine "Witch" Festival. In the quaint little town of Oberwesel, about 2,000 years old, I found out.
It’s one of those charming agricultural festivals that has been held for centuries in honor of the crops that support the village. In this case, it was the Riesling grape, that is planted and harvested in abundance in this area along Germany’s Romantic Rhine.
The wine witch, it turns out, is really a good witch who looks over the vineyards and helps protect them. In many other villages, they have wine queens, but, in Oberwesel, it’s a wine witch who ...Read More