Strict march it goes on the Mayschosser Mönchberg, the growing area of the wine cooperative Mayschoss-Altenahr. Our seminar leader is very personable and does not stick with long stories.

Short, informative background knowledge about growing, caring and reading the wine make for a short break on the ascent to the Acropolis, a mountain hut, in which a delicious fortifying meal is served. The view from up here is worth the effort.

Down is known to be faster and faster and my calves are getting harder. Once at the bottom, we are now ready for the wine tasting. But before we get to see the old wine cellar.Nice musty smell it down here and a bit of patina also sticks to the walls. Huge barrels stand in rank and file. But, we go into a no-frills vaulted ceiling with an eighties décor. 13 wines are on the list and I’m already moaning about the variety.

We start with a Riesling quality wine QbA, which means wine from a specific region. Exactly the wine that is also in the supermarket. We savor ourselves over semi-dry and sweet in the Edition stage. From here it will be nobler. We learn here how many different wine quality levels there are. Rather confusing than that consumer transparent.

When wine Ahr Domina classic quality wine dry, a giggle goes through the round. Silly. Since I have poured three four wines away, spit is not here, I’m still relatively sober. At Wine Number 10, my taste receptors first line up and I enjoy this delicious vine juice. On the note, I note a little crown next to the wine.

At wine number 13, I am seriously tipsy, but I do not laugh and can just run. After a good two hours, finally, this journey through the wines of the winegrower’s cooperative comes to an end. Everyone gets a small present in the form of a mini red wine bottle and it is eagerly applauded. The provided bread baskets are to completely empty and it makes general hunger wide.

So right over to the Saffenburg. The fresh air on the surface does the rest. I am definitely tipsy. In the Saffenburg we have eaten very well and let the evening end nicely. However, I switched to water because I could not see any more wine, much less drink. Well, I have now gone through a wine tasting. An experience but certainly no second consequences.