>I had the supreme good fortune to be offered a paying gig in the Württemberg wine region, in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. I arrived in town 5 hours before a pre-concert run-through with the orchestra, so my host took me on a short hike up around the edge of the fields to have a look at the landscape.
This area produces mostly red wines — Trollinger, Pinot Meunier, Limberger and Pinot Noir are the most-commonly grown grapes here. Also Riesling for white wine.
The day after the concert, my hosts took me to an outdoor restaurant atop of a hill, looking over the entire region and beyond to the neighboring counties. The towns in this area have that look that Americans associate with Olde Germany (Heidelberg is not that far away), with half-timbered buildings and old castle ruins on hilltops. If I had stayed for more than 24 hours, I would have traveled around and took more pictures. As it was I was at the mercy of my (wonderful) hosts, who nevertheless showed me a little bit of the area and made sure I was well taken care of.
Oh, and the concert went very well!