Looking for a comfortable hotel room for the night in Germany? You could do worse than Schlafen im Weinfass, which offers giant wine barrels that have been converted into cozy rooms overlooking the vineyards and the breathtaking Black Forest.
The hotel in Sasbachwalden – a village known for its wine and wood processing – features five wine barrel rooms. Each room bears the name of the wine that was previously stored in the barrel. The rooms are surrounded by a lush rock garden, a bench and include a bathroom. In the winter, the rooms are comfortably heated.
Each barrel includes a double bed that can be divided into two singles upon request. Guests are welcomed with a basket of German delicacies. Package deals include a one night stay for two people with breakfast, a basket of cheese, sausage, and wine for an affordable 156 euros.
The farm that hosts the hotel was built in 1665. Currently, the fourth generation of the Wild family works the farm full-time, cultivating 15 acres with a variety of grapes used to produce their signature wine.
They also grow fruit on four acres, which is used to produce over 30 varieties of fruit brandies and liqueurs, which can be purchased in the shop on the farm.
Sasbachwalden is in Western Baden-Württemberg, Germany, which is a popular tourist destination. The village is set on the western slopes of the Hornisgrinde mountain in the Northern Black Forest. More than 70% of the town area is covered by forestland.
The town is the site of Alde Gott Winzer, a cooperative wine society founded in 1948, which includes 380 producers who cultivate 650 acres of vineyards known for their weathered granitic and sand rock soil. Blue Pinot Noir grapes are grown on 62% of the winegrowing territory, Riesling on 14%, Müller-Thurgau on 12% and Pinot gris on 8%. Gewürztraminer, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Cabernet Dorsa and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are cultivated as well. The total annual production amounts to 1.8 million liters of wine.
For those interested in indulging in other overnight wine barrel experiences, Bryant Barn, a private residence in Walla Walla, Washington, just up the road from wine country, also offers stays in barrels. The Dutch Hotel De Vrouwe van Stavoren in Stavoren, a town in the northern Netherlands, also has wine barrel rooms for guests.