Come walk with me, vineyards on the Tüllinger Hill and impressions of village life in Oetlingen, Germany

 

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We live in a blessed corner of the world, for many reasons, one of them is the proximity to France and Germany, both Südbaden and the Alsace have beautiful landscapes, distinct cuisines and above all a long history of producing wine. A short drive across the border and you enter a different world. Here are some impressions from a recent walk through the hills of beautiful Tüllingen with some friends of us on their honeymoon.

Across the border in Germany there are many vineyards, Baden is apparently the third largest wine producing region in Germany. The majority of wines produced are white, with some light reds. Vines planted are mostly Pinot family, according to Wikepedia, Pinot noir is the most frequent, followed by Müller Thurgau 17.2%, Pinot Gris (10.5%), Pinot Blanc at 7.3% and Chasselas 6.9%. In total, there are 44% red grape varieties in Baden, and 56% white……however, helpful that is. I have included photographs of a number of different grape varieties, sadly I cannot tell them apart, at least not on the vine, however I am sure  wine-aficionados will be able to help out – Anatoli did the wine for my recent contribution to the Dinner Party Collective- as well as the entire spring menu.

He is my go to guy when I have a wine question and he is always very gracious in sharing his knowledge 🙂 – check out his site at Anatoli at Talkavino 

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Not a picnic site, rather a road-side stand where you can buy locally made jams, chutneys, walnuts and apples. Whatever is currently in season, sold by the locals.

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Oetlingen is a village that loves its art – below a painting on a house wall, set-off, beautifully by a bowl of quince. Sights like these abound in this pretty village and make it a destination I love to visit.

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Windows in the village are frequently adorned

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IMG_9755The view

IMG_9759Some impressions of Oetlingen, roses in the vineyards, pumpkins and stacked firewood, produce for sale, the church and of course, grapes, grapes, grapes, as far as the eye can see:

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Rose bushes grow at the end of many of the rows of vines.

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Undeniably autumn now:

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Come walk with me, vineyards on the Tüllinger Hill and impressions of village life in Oetlingen, Germany

  1. Poli, you are way way way too kind, thank you. Sadly, I wouldn’t be able to tell those grapes apart too – once they will make it into the bottle, I might be able to stand a tiny chance, but not from looking at them. I would only guess that you got Pinot Noir, Müller Thurgau and Pinot Gris in your pictures – but again, this is just a wild guess…

    • Ah, Anatoli, but you were willing to guess, yes? There we go, worth a guess! I recently went on a wine tasting tour in Alsace, and our guide would identify the vines by the leaf shape and of course the grapes, but that was her job of course, fascinating!

  2. I love the fact that the houses are decorated outside for everyone to enjoy. It make me think we are too insular, adorning the inside of our houses but never thinking to leave something outside the window or on the door. I want that wood heap!

  3. Gorgeous! I want to be there too. Back from Santorini which was breathtakingly beautiful and not good for the mid riff. Ah but who cares. Good food wins hands down. Hope you are well.

    • Lovely, glad you had wonderful holiday – welcome “back” – doing ok – working as usual and thinking of florida for new year somewhere warm would be nice and i love the drive down, then again winter xmas quite nice too 🙂

    • Hello there – I appreciate your comment – it addresses something we don’t think about enough – how amazing nature is, how fortunate we are, and how rarely we live in awareness – thank you – a good thought for my day sat in front of a monitor – Poli

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