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Esslingen Wine Walk

Yesterday, Vinn and I went on quite an adventure with friends. We went to the Esslingen Wine Walk, or the Weinwandertag. It was the perfect recipe for a great day, wine, friends and gorgeous weather.

The Esslingen Wine Walk is a one-day event where the local vineyards of Esslingen (we went to the Esslingen Christmas market with my parents, in case you don’t remember) set up stands where they sell wine and food and then participants walk through the vineyards from stand to stand trying wine after wine. It started in 1983 and has about 6,000 attendees each year, which is insane to think about because the vineyards aren’t huge.

We met some friends around 1 PM on Sunday after a rough train experience, thanks to the Stuttgart soccer game, and were ready to start drinking immediately.

 

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The wine stands were full of people so our group decided to buy bottles instead of glasses to save time, which proved to be smart because it was actually cheaper in the long run. We each had a small wine glass attached to a lanyard type thing for easy walking through the vineyards. Although, it also made it super easy to spill. Oops! We all spilled at least once I think.

 

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We first picked up a bottle of white wine and once we finished that, we headed towards our next stand. We hung out there for a little bit snapping pictures and sipping on rose before taking a snack break at the next stand.

 

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I had read online beforehand that stands run out of food and that it would be wise to bring food with you. So, I did just that. I packed a caprese salad, strawberries, prosciutto and some cheese, which we all shared at a picnic table. It was so nice to take a break from walking, the hills were quite steep, and eat.

 

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We made it to one more stand before we decided to head back to eat something more satisfying and realized the quickest way down was to walk through the vineyards. It was a little steep, but super fun to see the vines up close.

 

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We said goodbye to everyone and then headed home on the train ready to snuggle with Copley on the couch. Vinn and I both fell asleep on the couch while watching Big Bang Theory because we were so tired from being in the sun all day.

All in all, it was a fantastic Sunday and I hope to do the Esslingen Wine Walk again. What did you do this weekend? 

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