Wine Tastings

Wine tastings at Barockschloss Zeilitzheim Hotel & Winery in Franconia (Bavaria), Germany.

Get a Taste of Frankenwein!

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a German winery? Do you want to know how wine is made? Or are you simply interested in tasting awesome wines straight from the source?

At Schloss Zeilitzheim (a castle or country estate in the village of Zeilitzheim, about 20 "clicks" south of Schweinfurt) you can do just that while enjoying the surroundings of the 330-year-old manor.

The castle's owner, Alex von Halem, is a dual-citizen German-American born in Boston. As a former U.S. Air Force Airman and U.S. Army (Cavalry) officer Alex is happy to welcome American families at his home and let them taste the wines he and his two fellow winery owners make. Wine tastings are great for FRG (Family Readiness Group) or social events, Hail and Farewells, team-building events, or if you just want to get together with some good friends.

A wine tasting at the castle can take place in the courtyard, the garden, or one of the festive halls, such as the fresco-painted "Freskensaal". There are six wines available for tasting ranging from a sparkling wine, fresh and fruity, light summer wines, traditional Franconian dry wines to a heavy, dry white wine aged in American oak and a heavy, dark red wine aged in French oak.

Special offers are available for members of the Armed Services stationed in Schweinfurt, their families, civilian employees and American expats in the region. Pricing either at pay-as-you-go rates ranging from 1,50 to 3,50 Euros per glass (0.1 Liters) or at a fixed rate for a more formal tasting, depending on the number of wines tasted. Non-alcoholic beverages are available on request so designated drivers are taken care of, too.

Buying wine to take home is possible but certainly not obligatory. Each bottle of wine comes in its own box (perfect gift idea, hint hint...) and can most easily be bundled in sixpacks that come with a top and bottom encasing. A description of the wines (in German) and pictures are available at

Send Alex an E-Mail at alexandervonhalem (at) gmail (dot) com to arrange for your wine tasting at the castle!