Taste sensation and beautifier in one – wine from Franconia
Medieval towns and villages, idyllic landscapes, a mild climate and the centuries-old tradition of wine-growing. there is a lot to be discovered between Würzburg and Aschaffenburg. The route from Grosswallstadt to Burgstadt is one of the most attractive excursion destinations in Germany.
This is where the Red Wine Hiking Trail (Rotweinwanderweg) goes. The 35 kilometre route mostly takes you through the light vineyards of the wild and romantic Ahr Valley. The vintners along the trail are world famous for their aromatic Pinot noirs, racy Pinot noir précoces and tangy white wines. The definitive grape variety of the famous wine-growing region of Franconia is the Silvaner grape – a cross between the Traminer and the “Österreichisch Weiss”. The grape has a long tradition. It has a fresh and youthful taste.
Wellness from grapes and pomace
But wine from Franconia doesn’t only taste good; it is even healthy in small quantities: special beauty and relaxation treatments made from grape extracts show what else the region’s vines have to offer. As early as the Middle Ages, Franconian women looked after their skin with wine and grape seed oil. What women instinctively suspected then is now scientifically proven: grapes contain highly concentrated bioactive vital substances. Dry, sensitive and stressed skin responds particularly positively to treatment with products made from grapes and pomace.
The power of the grape
A lot of hosts and day spas in Franconia use cosmetics based on grapes for beauty and wellness treatments such as baths, exfoliation, masks, massages and packs. From the skin to the flesh and the seeds, right through to the leaves – almost all parts of the plants are used in this.
Scientists have established that the polyphenol OPC (oligomeric proanthocyanidin) is active in wine cosmetics treatments. This antigen protects the vines from harmful influences in nature. According to the experts, OPC has a strong detoxifying effect on the skin. Consequently, a vinotherapy is the perfect anti-ageing programme for your whole body.
Wine meets wellness
You should ideally start your wine wellness day with an exfoliation using an exfoliant made from grape pomace. The dry flakes on the top layer of your skin come off in this process. If you like, you can then relax in the sauna. This makes your skin receptive to a revitalising massage with aromatic grape seed oil or grape body gels.
Various lines of cosmetics offer products which paper your face and skin with trace elements, fruit acids, wine yeast and tannins and contribute towards slowing down the ageing process of the skin. A warm bath with a decent measure of local wine provides a special wellness experience: the natural wine extracts promote the microcirculation in the blood vessels and strengthen the collagens. Your skin will instantly become radiant and noticeably fresher.
Round off your vinous spa treat by pampering your palate – after all wine is primarily there to be drunk. The beautiful region of Franconia can be enjoyed much better with a delicious glass of wine.