Public Programme

The Annual Conference gives the interested public the opportunity to attend online the highlights of the conference – exciting lecture events with interesting speakers, an international wine tasting and the international gala event!

The accompanying programme for the interested public alongside the annual conference of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network will take place via livestream.

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Strong families, strong business ideas: when everyone across generations gets down to work, contributing their individual strengths and skills – then great things often grow out of it. Germany is a country of strong family companies. Get to know innovative concepts of Rhine-Hessian family businesses. Learn more about the backgrounds of the success stories and talk to the minds behind them. Also present: family wineries from other Great Wine Capitals, who will present their business models.

The exciting lecture event was one of the highlights of the Annual Conference, which were open to the interested public (via livestream).

Great Wine Capitals Wine Tasting Package

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Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of wine with the Great Wine Capitals Tasting Package and embark on a journey to all eleven cities in this Global Network! Each destination is presenting its own iconic variety. The tasting package and the accompanying online wine tasting will let you discover the Great Wine Capitals with your taste buds.

Order the GWC wine tasting package:

Order your wine package and take part in the online wine tasting (video above).

The following wines are included in the package:

Mainz | Rheinhessen | Germany: 2019 Bodenheimer Hoch Dry Riesling (Winery of the City of Mainz), Selection Rheinhessen
The opulent aromas of the ripe Riesling variety include classic yellow stone fruits such as peach and apricot; the tropical components of pineapple and passion fruit add a touch of exoticism. The salty limestone in the background gives the wine structure, complexity and harmony.

Mainz | Rheinhessen | Germany: 2020 Niersteiner Dry Riesling from Limestone Soil (Domhof Winery, Guntersblum)
This wine will take you on journey of suspense, starting with a promisingly aromatic fragrance and culminating in a highly textured pleasure with a long and spicy finish. The Riesling is a wonderful illustration of Rheinhessen’s limestone soil structure and a genuine representation of the region’s terroir.

Lausanne | Switzerland: Morges Chasselas Vieille Vigne (Cave de la Côte)
This wine heightens the senses, inviting the connoisseur to embark on a journey to the shores of Lake Geneva and sense the region with each glass of Morges Vieilles Vignes. The subtle nature of this Chasselas makes it a welcome guest at the dinner table, offering an elegant and sophisticated accompaniment to light meat and fish dishes.

Valparaiso | Casablanca Valley | Chile: Sauvignon-Blanc Reserve (William Cole)
The unique microclimate allows the grapes to fully ripen and preserve their naturally crisp freshness, resulting in an outstanding Sauvignon Blanc with a distinctive terroir. The wine’s slightly grassy notes are complemented by the typical nuances of exotic fruits such as lychee, passion fruit and lime.

Cape Town | Cape Winelands | South Africa: The View White Blend (Delaire Graff)
This cuvée of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon will conquer the hearts of wine lovers everywhere with its indulgently tropical notes of grapefruit and passion fruit and its undertones of nettles, which add a slightly green and balancing note.

San Francisco | Napa Valley | USA: Chardonnay (L.M. Martini)
This wine packs a punch with its compact structure and intense roasted aromas, paired with a bouquet of fresh lemon cream, spicy baked apple and mirabelle plums.

Verona | Italy: Lugana Vigne Alte (Zeni)
This wine has an elegantly floral nose with aromas of apricot, citrus and a bouquet of flowers, complemented with subtle notes of nuts, butter and a little acacia. Its mild acidity is not too heavy on the palate.

Bordeaux | France: Blaye Grand Reserve 2016 (Château Monconseil-Gazin)
This wine is round and intense with aromas of ripe black fruits and toasted vanilla notes. It’s very rich on the palate with a pronounced freshness, a dense yet delicate tannin structure and a long finish.

Bilbao | Rioja | Spain: Vivanco Crianza (Vivanco)
This dark, bright cherry red wine, laced with purple hues, has a rich bouquet with mineral notes and aromas of ripe fruit, vanilla and spices. Its full body is harmonious and light on the palate with perfectly integrated soft tannins, culminating in a long and textured finish.

Mendoza | Argentina: Bio Malbec (Caligiore)
This vegan Malbec hails from the land of meat lovers. Caligiore is an ecological family business that never uses pesticides or chemicals in the production of its organic Malbec, a red wine bursting with complexity and sophistication. This is a thoroughly authentic and special Malbec.

Adelaide | Barossa Valley | Australia: Y-Serie Shiraz (Yalumba Winery)
This rich and ripe Shiraz is like a delightful mouthful of South Australia with layers of ripe blackberries and Christmas cake on the palate, wrapped in soft, juicy and fully ripened tannins.

Porto | Douro | Portugal: Fine Tawny Port (Vallegre)
This brick-red port unlocks aromas of dried fruits and nuts. The nice smooth texture on the palate is followed by a long and complex finish.

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The last day of the Annual Conference started with ideas! Trends and innovative ideas for wine tourism "after Covid-19" and influences of climate change on viticulture were discussed.


  • Welcome by Manuela Matz, Deputy Mayor of Economy, Tourism, Congresses and Wine, Landeshauptstadt Mainz
  • "New ways in German wine tourism", Monika Reule, Deutsches Weininstitut (DWI), Managing Director
  • "Wines of tomorrow", Jeremy Cukierman, Master of Wine, Director Kedge Wine School
  • "Sustainability and climate change in Viticulture. Global challenges and possibilities", Prof. Dr. Hans Reiner Schultz, President Expert Group ENVIRO of OIV and President Geisenheim University "

Livestream: International Gala of the Great Wine Capitals and Best Of Wine Tourism Award 2022 ceremony

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The Great Wine Capital Mainz | Rheinhessen is hosted the international gala event in the Electoral Palace at the end of the Annual Conference 2021, due to the Corona pandemic only for invited guests of the network. However, the interested public could follow the event in the livestream: with music by the Simon Höneß Quartet and the national and international “2022 Best of Wine Tourism Awards” ceremony of the Great Wine Capitals. The national categories of the “2022 Best of Wine Tourism Awards” will even feature the Special Award "Rheinland-Pfalz.Gold".

Best Of Wine Tourism Award winners Mainz | Rheinhessen for 2022 in the seven categories:

Wine Tourism Services: Best of Mainz, Mainz
Wine Gastronomy: Tacheles Landrestaurant / Gästehaus Schmitt, Flörsheim-Dalsheim
Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences: BottleStops, Mainz
Accommodation: Hofgut Wißberg – Das Weinberghotel, St. Johann
Art and Culture: GUT LEBEN am Morstein, Westhofen
Sustainability in Wine Tourism: Weingut Braunewell, Essenheim
Architecture, Parks and Gardens: GUT LEBEN am Morstein, Westhofen