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Enjoying a glass of excellent local wine is a must for visitors to SouthWest Germany. Even better is a wine-themed holiday in the unspoiled countryside between Lake Constance and the Taubertal Valley. Explore vineyards and villages; meet the winegrowers and winemakers; learn about wine heritage and traditions. And stay in comfortable hotels with special wine connections. SouthWest Germany’s tourist board has inspected and approved some 60 Weinsüden Hotels. Taken together, they cover all budgets and range from country inns to luxury hotels in the five-star superior category. The most important factor, however, is not just comfort, but rather a love and knowledge of wine. As well as offering an extensive selection of regional wines, the establishments feature regular wine tastings and wine events for guests. The locations? Some are in towns, others are surrounded by vineyards; a few have wineries attached. All have wine experts on staff, trained to give advice and answer wine tourism questions. And there are unusual wine-themed places to stay as well.

In Sasbachwalden, for example, deep in the Black Forest, the Wild family has created Schlafen im Weinfass, unique accommodation in giant wine barrels. On a hillside amongst the vines, these can only be reached on foot; all are very private. Each “bedroom barrel” sleeps two; a separate barrel next door has the bathroom. Through glass doors, you look westwards over the Rhine valley to France.

And the best way to enjoy the spectacular sunsets? With a glass of Baden wine from the vineyards below, of course! Near Oberkirch-Bottenau, in the Black Forest’s Renchtal valley, families and couples love the Huber family’s Baumhaushotel: four cosy log cabins on a hillside, with panoramic views over the Baden vineyards.