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Wine tasting with a Princess in Liechtenstein

5 December 2018

Karen Jones

Wine tasting in Vaduz at the newly refurbished Hofkellerei owned by the Prince Liechtenstein Foundation allows a look at modern wine making where on site they make 20,000 bottles a year, 6,000 of which comprise the two main brands of wine, which are the Bocker Pinot Noir and the Herawingert Chardonnay. They also have a delicious sparkling wine, FL Classique.

As well as tours for up to ten people, the wine estate has a large restaurant with summer terrace called the Barrique Room which sits in the former pressing room and has aged barrels on view for ambience.

 

The venue has entertaining space for groups of twenty at CHF 700 for 90-120 minutes and receives guests looking for an ‘experience’ from all over the world. For groups of ten H.S.H Princess Marie who is a trained sommelier will introduce her favourite wines. The price won’t need a princess’ purse at CHF 290.00 for 60 minutes.

 

The wine is delicious and a rare treat to try in the historic setting which also has friendly staff and a large shop to take home some wine presents. For those interested in a visit, it is also possible to get a Liechtenstein stamp in your passport and to pick up delicious Florentines in the local konditorei.

 

If you are lucky you can also book at restaurant Torkel on the grounds of the vineyard, but space is very limited so booking early is recommended.

 

Another restaurant recommendation in Vaduz is the Restaurant Maree owned by the Park Hotel Sonnenhof in Vaduz. With a Michelin star chef, you can expect local delights like young fallow deer but also surprises like popping candy in your iced mousse dark chocolate dessert.

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