Interesting Things to Know About the Climate in Deidesheim and the German Wine Route

A Climate for the Senses

There is one region in Germany which has discovered that it is just not made for long, cold winters or joyless, frugal life. That is why it decided to make a deal with the clerk of the weather, who willingly agreed. Henceforth, nature’s lush richness thrives in this region to this day. Of course, you already know where to find this sun-kissed scenery – you’ll find it right here in the Palatinate.

Nature almost lavishly displays all its charms here along the German Wine Route. Relaxation-seekers and epicures have appreciated the beauty of the Palatinate ever since. Not only are they attracted by the Mediterranean climate and the amazing scenery – the first-rate culinary temptations also lure them here.

Plenty of Fruits

People make particular use of the climatic conditions in the numerous wine villages and gardens. In the orchards, almonds, apples, cherries and plums can ripen very early. In many of the inviting winegrower estates kiwis, lemons or figs grow in the shade of ancient wisterias, sprawling oleander bushes or even palms and cypresses. This diversity of plants can only grow in one of the warmest climatic zones north of the Alps. The people in the Palatinate definitely know how to make the most of the gift that nature has given them. They sell all their products, such as fruit, asparagus, vegetables, wine and fine spirits at small booths in the villages in April at the latest.

Charming Views

The landscape between Bockenheim and Schweigen has long been known as a paradise for hikers and cyclists. It can be wonderful to stroll through nature and focus on the route rather than the destination. At such a leisurely pace, one can enjoy the beautiful views of the numerous panoramic viewpoints even more. Each season, the Wine Route wears a different dress. Spring brings along a mixture of white flowers, interspersed with the fresh green of the vineyards and forests along the slopes of the Haardt. The Palatinate Summer is dominated by the rich and intensive colors of lush orchards. In fall, perhaps unsurprisingly, you will see the yellow and red tones of the grape harvest period together with the rich colors of the chestnut and walnut trees.

Time for Enjoyment

The fact that everything that has ripened in 1,800 hours under a smiling sun is brought in during September and October doesn’t make any difference. In the Palatinate, there is time for enjoyment all year long. Here, local tradition and Mediterranean charm are combined more closely than anywhere else in Germany, and this combination makes an impression on visitors. The number of fans of the Palatinate is increasing constantly and this is hardly surprising. After all, there are probably few people who would not relish a vacation in a land of ripening lemons and flower-scented air.

Facts:

  • The German Wine Route region enjoys about 1,800 hours of sunshine, in other words, 225 days of sunshine a year.
  • The Haardt, the Eastern hills of the Palatinate Forest, shelter the region from wind and weather. The region also profits from the Rhine rift in the East, which serves as a ‘highway’ for warm southern air.
  • There are few regions in Germany that display such an abundance of Mediterranean and exotic plants.
  • Due to the mild winter, tens of thousands of chestnut trees grow on the slopes of the Haardt.
  • The average period of vegetation is 180 days and the average temperature is 16° Celsius.
  • Annual rainfall is around 530 l/sqm compared to 715mm in Hamburg and 955mm in Munich.
 

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