Volkach Wine Festival - when the first Grapes of the Year are pressed

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What to drink in Volkach - The Volkacher councilor opens the grape harvest

The Volkach Wine Festival

We visit the Volkach Wine Festival. wine festivals offer a perfect opportunity to experience the wines and the way of life in the world's wine regions. Going on holiday in a wine region in Germany always means getting to know the traditions of the winemakers. This also includes the Volkacher Wine Festival. What do you drink in Volkach? “The best that God sent us is fine wine from Franconia - We discovered this saying on a house wall in Nordheim on the Weininsel in the Mainschleife im Franconian wine country to Volkach.



if beginning Autumn the days are getting cooler again, the grape harvest begins on the Main in the Franconian wine country. Then festivals are celebrated and the young wine is tested. We were at the Volkach Wine Festival, which officially opens the grape harvest. This year it starts two weeks later than usual because the winegrowers want to give the wine a little more sun. Although we had a summer of the century with many sunny and hot summer days, the winter also lasted a little longer than usual. In order for the vintage to be a perfect wine year, the grapes are given some time to ripen on the vines.



The Wine Festival Volkach celebrates the start of the Harvest

However, that doesn't stop the people of Volkach from pressing the first grapes of the year at the Volkach Wine Festival and serving the festival visitors the fresh juice. The market place in front of the town hall of Volkach becomes a large fairground with long wooden tables and wooden benches, on which the visitors can have a good time. With wine and Franconian specialties that's easy. The Volkach councilor and the town's wine princess welcome the guests from the fountain in the middle of the square. They are accompanied by the Volkacher Landsknecht and wine princesses from the surrounding wine communities, because Volkach is located on the Main loop and only a few kilometers away from the wine island in the middle of the Main, where red and white wines are grown.




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Volkach Wine Festival on the Mainschleife

The Volkach Wine Festival has been taking place every year since 1948 and lasts for several days. The eleven festival vintners present more than 120 Franconian wines from the Bavarian Vineyards on the Main Loop. We watch how the Volkacher town councilor, the wine princess and the Volkacher Landsknecht together with two winegrowers prepare the first grapes of the season for the press. In the meantime, the Volkacher brass band creates a wine-like atmosphere and a dance group entertains the festival visitors with dances in historical costumes.

A colorful spectacle! In the meantime, the wine press is ready for the first grapes of the year, and we watch the Wine Princess and the Lansquenet pouring buckets of young grapes into the press that the Volkach Alderman sets in motion by hand. A whole trough full of freshly squeezed wine juice is then distributed to the waiting festival visitors at the Volkach Wine Festival. They are invited to try the first grape juice of the year with Franconian specialties such as "Onion Plootz" (onion bread) and Franconian fried sausages (sausages).


The town band Volkach ensures a good mood
The town band Volkach ensures a good mood


A Day Trip to the Franconian Wine Country

Since we only went on a day trip to the Franconian wine country, we prefer, our Wine snack to enjoy in one of the currently open hedges in the area of ​​Volkach. For this we leave the Volkach Wine Festival and drive a few kilometers out to the wine island in the middle of the Main to Nordheim, where we try Franconian specialties at the Glaser winery. Petar and I share an onion bread and a plate of liver wörschtli and Blutwörschtli in the pan with roasting patties. We still understand liver sausages and blood sausages, but we have to inquire about “roast sausages”. Our Franconian language skills do not yet go that far: we learn that these are fried potatoes.


More tips for Volkach on the Main Loop

    • Volkach sights that are also worthwhile at the Volkach Wine Festival:

      • The town hall
      • The market square with the market fountain
      • The parish church
      • the old latin school
      • the rent office
      • The Franciscan monastery
      • The Alte Würzburger Amtskellerei
      • The Upper Gate
      • The upper market
      • The St. Michaels church
      • The Citizens' Hospital
      • The Shelf House
      • The baroque barn museum
      • The lower gate
      • The Echterhof
      • The town houses on the market square
    • Where is Volkach?

Volkach is located in the Franconian wine country near the Main loop. A Map here.

    • Wine festivals in Volkach and the surrounding area

You are interested in further wine festivals in Volkach and the surrounding area. Then take a look at the Franconian wine festival calendar.


Together with beets from Grandpa's garden, the Franconian specialties turn out as quite hearty and make us thirsty for the young grape juice, that we enjoy. "Heckenwirtschaften" (restaurants) are the perfect place to taste Franconian wines directly from the winemaker. In the past, winegrowers opened their gardens, living rooms or even bedrooms for wine lovers for a limited period of time, served them hearty home cooked meals and their own wines. Today you can get Franconian specialties and wines in nicely decorated taverns or garden inns or at the Volkach Wine Festival. Franconian wines cannot be tasted more authentically. However, you have to know, when which "Heckenwirtschaft" is open. You can check that, for example on this website.


Hedge farms in Volkach and the surrounding area

In this section I will explain how hedge farms work and what you need to know as a customer. A Heckenwirtschaft or Häckerwirtschaft is an inn open seasonally by winegrowers or winegrowers, where the winegrowers sell their home-made wine.

If the economy is open, you "plug out". That is, then you put a bush on the economy. This shows the passer-by that he can stop there. The wines produced by the winery are served in the hedge farms. There's that Franconian specialties. Since the hedge farms are not always open, you can check here which ones are open during your stay.

You can find it here Hedge management calendar from Volkach.


Wine Princess, Landsknecht and councilman press the first grapes
Wine princess, lansquenet and councilman press the first grapes at the wine festival Volkach


That must be in the for the visit to Volkach suitcase

    • Comfortable Shoes. In Volkach you will definitely walk a lot.
    • Also, forget comfortable pumps not, because in some Volkach restaurants you dine in elegant surroundings.
    • A backpack, in which you can store a picnic, for example.
    • An Camera* for the photo opportunities that Volkach offers.

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Even if this time we were only on a day trip to the Volkach wine festival in the Franconian wine region, it is always worthwhile to spend a weekend or a week there. In the wine country there are hiking and biking trails on which you can explore the beauties of the wine regions on the Main. And of course there are a number of ways to experience the wine, the grape harvest and the winemakers.

The next Volkach Wine Festival takes place from August 12th to 16th, 2022 in Volkach.


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Source for the Volkach wine festival: local experiences. We would definitely like to thank you Franconian wine country for supporting this trip and the tip to visit the Volkacher Wine Festival. However, our opinions remain our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Volkach Wine Festival - when the first Grapes of the Year are pressed

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.