The Palatinate as hardly another region has a lot to offer for the gourmets among us. Wine diversity and culinary treasures like 80 different sorts of vegetables growing in the Palatinate stir gourmet’s blood.
Mild climate at up to 2000 hours of sunlight a year gives the Palatinate this large variety of wine, fruits and vegetables.
The native cooking offers solid treats like “Leberknödel” (=liver dumpling), “Saumagen” (= stuffed pig’s stomach) and homemade sausage. Anyone who does not always like solid food can discover for oneself the fruit garden of the Palatinate. In the summer various sorts of fruits sweeten and refresh your day. In Palatinate you will find fruits like figs, strawberries, lemons, kiwis, pieplants and much more.
New wine, sweet chestnuts, mushrooms and “Grumbeeren”, as the citizens of the Palatinate call potatoes tenderly, are part of the Palatinate table every autumn. They even make noodles of the chestnuts, the so called “Keschden”. The traditional Palatinate cooking was created anew by top chefs which makes the variety of local dishes and specialities much bigger.
The good taste of food is continued by the Palatinate wine. As early as 5000 years ago the first vine was raised by the Romans in the Palatinate.
Today the Palatinate is the biggest closed wine-growing region of Germany and wins every years new, international wine prizes.
They grow red and white sorts of vine. The most important types of grapes are Riesling, which is growing on ca. 22% of the vine area, Müller -Thurgau, pinot blanc, pinot gris, Portugieser, Dornfelder and pinot noir.