The Ahr River Valley: Wine Country

December 29, 2000

This is Germany's northernmost wine producing area. The Ahr River has carved a beautiful
valley out of this part of the country. It is just south of Bonn and due west from Remagen.
People have used the sides of the valley to produce what I think is some of the finest wine
I've ever tasted. Ulla and I took a drive, and a hike or two, to explore this incredible area.
This is our tale and what we saw.

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The suspension bridge...
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...on the way out of...
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...Düsseldorf...
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...taken from the car.
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Altenahr
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Wine Country
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Now to find...
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...a nice Rhine wine
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Winery
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The Cellar
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The Ahr River
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Into the valley
of the vineyards
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Vineyard
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Vineyard
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The Ahr River
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Mountain Light
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The Ahr River
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Bird houses
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Vineyard
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Tight squeeze
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We then travelled further
down the Ahr to Rech
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Rech
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Christ and the Dragon
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Rech
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Roman bridge
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Rech reflections
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Crossing the Ahr
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Huge wine vats
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One corner at a church...
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...a young willow over an old sad statue
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...a brilliantly carved happy door...
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...Rech in January
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Willows
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On down the Ahr to...
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...Dernau and a view from the vineyard
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another view from the vineyard
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Wein Gut! Photo, but don't touch these vines
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In a few months, bursting with fruit
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But while waiting for spring, eise grapes are frozen in the winter
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Frozen in the Winter
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to make eisewein
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"These are all vineyards, and the Ahr meets the Rhine near Remagen behind me, over there," said my tourguider.
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People crawl up and down the sides of these mountains...
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...to harvest these grapes to make wine
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The Ahr River Valley
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I was amazed
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one stone, one grape at a time
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we will come back to here when these vines are full of grapes...
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"Are you sure you want to come back when the vines are full of grapes?"
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"You know that people here would want you to help with the harvest..."
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I had a look on the gas prices...

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...and a look on our future home...
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...I said, "Ja, heute, und diche?"
She said, "Aufstieg Bär"
     

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