The Federweißer Wine Festival (from the German ‘Feder ‘meaning feather and ‘Weiss’ meaning white), offers an opportunity for visitors to sample this young, slightly fermented wine. This friendly festival is held in the Rheingau region and is the last wine festival of the season. Now in its thirtieth year, winemakers get the chance to present their latest harvest of Federweißer wines served with a traditional onion pie (Zwibbelkuche).
Over two weekends, visitors can enjoy a large variety of entertainment – including live music. Highlights include a harvest festival church service with its festive procession around the town on the first weekend and a tractor show and a convoy over the second weekend.
Federweißer is the name of the traditional young wine made from white grapes that haven’t been fermented fully. Federweißer is a sparkling wine due to the carbon dioxide that is produced during fermentation. It initially tastes like grape-flavoured lemonade – fresh and slightly sweet. The reason it’s called Federweißer is because the yeast cells contained in the new wine float as suspended matter “feather-light” in the pulp. If the sugar hasn’t fully fermented, its sweetness will conceal the alcohol and you’ll feel the intoxicating effect of the wine much later.