As soon as the sum­mer draws to a clo­se and the days get shor­ter again, the sea­son of the grape har­vest begins. From this point on, the first gra­pes have the hoped-for matu­ri­ty and are wai­t­ing for harvest.

Har­vest at Lake Constance

The area around Lake Con­stance is con­si­de­red one of the oldest wine-gro­wing are­as north of the Alps. The most com­mon wines here are Mül­ler-Thur­gau (white vine), Blau­er Bur­gun­der (Pinot Noir) and Grau­bur­gun­der (Pinot Gris). In the Lake Con­stance regi­on, the grape har­vest of the wine­ma­kers tra­di­tio­nal­ly begins approx. 100 days after the full bloom in spring. Due to envi­ron­men­tal fac­tors, such as solar radia­ti­on, the har­vest begins here later than in the other Ger­man wine-gro­wing regi­ons. As the result, Lake Con­stance wines are also con­si­de­red easi­ly diges­ti­ble and pro­du­ce less alcohol.

A Look Behind the Scenes

The grape har­vest peri­od is per­fect­ly sui­ta­ble for holi­days on Lake Con­stance. While autumn shows its­elf at its most beau­ti­ful, in various wine farms you can take a look behind the sce­nes and get to know the viti­cul­tu­re. Wine lovers have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to see a real har­vest and also to par­ti­ci­pa­te in it if desi­red. A lot will be lear­ned about the cul­ti­va­ti­on, its sin­gle steps and the wine its­elf. At the same time, acti­ve coö­pe­ra­ti­on also offers a good oppor­tu­ni­ty to lea­ve ever­y­day life behind and „switch off” once. You will expe­ri­ence an inst­ruc­ti­ve holi­day day, which you can spend without the hust­le and bust­le and in har­mo­ny with the natu­re. But of cour­se, the grape har­vest also brings peop­le tog­e­ther. In a con­vi­vi­al round you will meet other wine lovers and con­nois­seurs with whom you can exchan­ge ide­as and tas­te a sip of the good drop together.

Dis­co­ver the Pic­tures­que Landscape

In addi­ti­on, a holi­day in the regi­on can be com­bi­ned won­der­ful­ly with hikes through the pic­tures­que viney­ards. Under the plea­sant autumn sun, visi­tors can enjoy a dream­li­ke sce­ne­ry that invi­tes you to dis­co­ver the land­s­cape. If you also would like to expe­ri­ence the grape har­vest on Lake Con­stance and get to know the breath­ta­king sur­roun­dings of the viney­ards, you will find the right accom­mo­da­ti­on in the Gästehaus Centro. Loca­ted in the heart of Constance’s Old Town, our hotel offers the per­fect address to plan such excur­si­ons. Pic­tu­re: Phil­ipp Reschner