Eltville is a small town in the middle of Germany in the Rheingau famous for sparkling wine, Riesling and roses. Apart from its many vineyards, Eltville boasts with small alleys framed by timber-framed buildings and a promenade along river Rhine. Every year in July the German Indie Scene goes on a pilgrimage to Eltville for the occasion of a small, two-day festival called Heimspiel Knyphausen. The festival takes place at the vineyard of Baron zu Knyphausen, the father of German singer-songwriter Gisbert zu Knyphausen. Wine and good music sound like a perfect combination, so we went all the way from Zurich to the 2016 edition of Heimspiel.
Upon arriving in Eltville, we first went on a boat trip along the Rhine, drinking Weinschorle and marvelling at the Marienaue – a beautiful nature reserve in the middle of the river. Later at the festival, there was more wine. There is no beer at Heimspiel Knyphausen. Instead, you drink wine grown in the vineyard of the Baron whilst sitting between grape-vines and listening to good music. This year’s line-up consisted of Mark Berube, Die Nerven, Sophie Hunger, David Lemaitre, Enno Bunger and Get Well Soon. My highlight was the performance by Sophie Hunger!
Here are some impressions from Heimspiel Knyphausen 2016:
Good to Know
Next year’s Heimspiel will take place on the weekend of July 23rd. As tickets are always gone pretty quickly, you better follow Heimspiel zu Knyphausen on Facebook for more information. There is no camping at the festival, so make sure to book an accommodation, too. We stayed at the Spritzenhaus in Eltville, which was great, especially the locally sourced breakfast.
If you visit Eltville during a different time of the year, you can also stay at the winery of the Knyphausen Family, as the main building has been transformed into a hotel.
Also, make sure to buy some wine at the little shop belonging to the winery. It’s delicious!