Thanks to its soil and favorable weather, winemaking has been central to daily life in this part of Germany for at least 1,500 years. In September, town markets and produce stands burst with dozens of varieties of ripe grapes as well as plums, pears and apples.
Many vintners give tours. At the Weingut Felix and Kilian Hunn in Gottenheim, about midway between Freiburg and the Rhine, Kilian Hunn and wife Martina are proud to show off an operation which produces about 70,000 bottles annually. Guests can take a guided stroll through the vineyards and sample five wines for €3.50.