High speed train link between London and Frankfurt is good news for German wine

The news that Deutsche Bahn, the German state railway plans to run direct trains between Frankfurt and London has been greeted enthusiastically by the German Wine Institute’s marketing director.

Steffen Schindler said: "For centuries, British travelers have been welcome guests in Germany’s wine growing regions. Take William Turner or Lord Byron's journeys through the Rhine Valley in the 19th century for example.

“Today, British tourists are the fourth most numerous group of visitors in our 13 wine growing regions, and the Rhine and Mosel valleys in particular have become easily accessible: Frankfurt airport is just 30 minutes from the Rheingau and Rheinhessen regions, and only one hour from Franken, Nahe or Pfalz. Once you step off the airplane at Frankfurt-Hahn airport, it takes you just 25 minutes to get to the meandering Mosel valley,” he said.

“The launch of a new, fast speed - and low fare - train connection between London and Frankfurt will give British wine tourism another boost, especially as visitors will be allowed to bring back as much wine as they can carry. Well, up to 90 litres at most," suggests Schindler

“German wine-growers have made great strides to broaden the appeal of their regions and to offer a wide range of things to discover and experience, with many offering free visits to their cellars and vineyards. Also, the wine regions have the highest density of Michelin-starred restaurants in Germany," concludes Schindler.

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