3 reasons to stop by the german weinkeller on your next trip

three reasons to stop in at the Weinkeller for a glass of wine at Epcot's German Pavilion

I have a confession, while other people crave snacks like school bread from Norway or caramel popcorn from Germany I crave the wines of Epcot and the World Showcase.

Welcome to this month's Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are touring some of the great bars and lounges you can find at the Disney Parks.

More than once my husband has said let’s get a snack and without hesitation I immediately head towards a wine cellar.  Luckily his snacks are usually in the same pavilions as my wine.

My two go-to wine cellars are in Italy and Germany.  But if you ask me which one is my favorite I would have to say it is the German Pavilion Weinkeller.  Let me give you a couple of reasons why.

Epcot German Pavilion

1. immersion in a German wine cellar

At the back of the German Pavilion, in between Stein Haus and Biergarten, you will find a sign for the Weinkellar.

Epcot Germany Pavilion - Weinkeller

Once you enter you will find yourself in a small German wine cellar (hence the name). The dark wood and the stone floor gives it that cellar feel.  You will actually find yourself a bit chilly even in the heat of summer due to just the ambience alone.

Germany's Weinkellar is a great place to enjoy a drink with friends (photo credit: www.touringplans.com )

Germany’s Weinkellar is a great place to enjoy a drink with friends (photo credit: www.touringplans.com )

If you look towards the back you will see a bar lined with wine bottle and behind it three intricately carved wine casks and wood working.

In addition to the bar they also have some butcher block tables to stand around and enjoy a glass of wine with good company.

Don’t be surprised if you make new friends while you stand here.  There isn’t much room and you may be asked to share your table.  It is a great way to get to know people and enjoy the moment.

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Disney Hipset Blog Logocheck out this post by the Disney Hipsters to see why they see the Weinkeller is one of the most intricately themed and fun shops in World Showcase
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2. many wines to experience

When you think of Germany the first thing that comes to mind is sweet Rieslings and beer. This is what Germany is known for but don’t be fooled they have so much more to offer.

Just ask the cast member working behind the bar and they will be happy to describe the differences in the wines.  They have everything from white to red and sweet to dry.  You may not find a deep Cabernet there but don’t be surprised if you find something you like.

And if you want to you can buy a bottle to take with you and if you are on Disney property you can have it delivered right to your resort.

grab a bottle to take with you (photo credit: www.tripswithtykes )

grab a bottle to take with you (photo credit: www.tripswithtykes )

They don’t serve beer here but you will find a couple of specialty items to try.

Glühwein is a traditional mulled wine that is enjoyed hot during the winter months, especially during the Christmas season.  It is served warn so I am not sure if middle of summer is time to try this one.

Stroh Jagertee (hunter’s tea) is a spiced Austrian liqueur and is also enjoyed hot. But I have seen people buy a bottle of this and open it right there to be enjoyed.

In recent years they have also added a cheese plate to the menu. Right now it is a bargain at $5 per plate and comes with enough nibble to feed two people.  Perfect for pairing with German wines.

artisan cheese plate (photo credit: www.disneyfoodblog )

artisan cheese plate (photo credit: www.disneyfoodblog )

If you are a sweet dessert wine fan you will not be disappointed.  In fact I highly recommend a dessert wine in the evening after dinner along with a walk around world showcase.  Or if you are like me, drink it while the kids spend hours watching the model trains.  No matter what it is the perfect end to an evening.

Epcot Germany Pavilion - drinking wine while watching the trains go by

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3. a good use of your money

Like other locations around the world showcase you can buy a glass of wine ranging from $5 and on up (I accidentally discovered an $18 a glass in Italy on my last trip – don’t tell my husband).

Epcot Germany Pavilion - enjoy the wine by the glass

But the best value here is he wine flight.  Especially if you like dessert or ice wines.   I also recommend any of the Rieslings.  You really can’t go wrong.

In the wine flight you are given 2 oz pours of three different wines.

TIP: You can choose to get all three of those wines or choose just one wine.  This will give you a glass with 6 oz of wine.  As reference, wine by the glass is 4 oz.

Epcot Germany Pavilion - enjoying a weinkeller wine flight

BEST VALUE: The best value is with the dessert wines.  A 2 oz pour of a dessert wine costs $10 but the wine flight costs just over $14 for 3 2 oz pours. Let’s see $14 or $30 – which would you choose.

Overall I just love the Weinkeller and I visit it on every trip!

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three reasons to stop in at the Weinkeller for a glass of wine at Epcot's German Pavilion

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28 Comments

  1. Patty October 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Yum! I love Italy & Germany! Both are just so much fun.

  2. Julie October 8, 2013 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Oh I need some treats from Germany now…..I love your photos…..Italy looks pretty nice too!

  3. KJ October 9, 2013 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Great tip on the flight- I’ll have to remember that! I, too, love the wine shop in Italy- I like to get a glass, then hang around outside people-watching…

    • Mary Connor October 9, 2013 at 8:15 am - Reply

      My odd non-PC tip is that the guys at both places pour more then the girls. Don’t know why but it seems to always be that way.

  4. Deb October 9, 2013 at 9:53 am - Reply

    We would be dangerous together at Food & Wine because these are two of my favorite wine haunts!! Love it!!

    • Mary Connor October 9, 2013 at 6:35 pm - Reply

      It would not be the first time a friend and I got “lost”. Good news is my husband always knows where to find me!

  5. casey October 9, 2013 at 10:51 am - Reply

    your pictures are amazing. Love them

  6. Suzanne Rudge (MapleMouseMama) October 9, 2013 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Mary, I love how budget conscious you are 🙂 I was giggling just picturing you slurping up your vino! That would be worthy of a pic for sure. I am happy that you explained a wine flight though. I have never heard of that before, but that could be because any wine I drink is usually in a box…

    suz

    • Mary Connor October 10, 2013 at 9:08 am - Reply

      I am sure it would have been a site. You know those Italian men are quite cute and there he is watching me as I lean over the counter to slurp the wine he just poured. I am classy!

  7. Cindy Howell October 10, 2013 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I can’t wait until our boys are a little older and I can take the time to really enjoy a glass of wine at EPCOT. Just so I know when the time comes, what is a wine “flight”?

    • Mary Connor October 10, 2013 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Hi Cindy, a wine flight is usually 3 smaller glasses of wine. Usually it is paired with a dinner so you can get a taste of a different wine at each course of the meal. But many wine bars sell them to so you can enjoy multiple wines without going overboard.

      Stopping into one of the wine bars may be an issue with small boys (that’s what Dad is for). But the meals also have them. The Biergarted restaurant has a FABULOUS wine flight that you can order with your meal. At the same time the boys have a buffet and live entertainment to keep them busy.

  8. James October 10, 2013 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Great info on the wine offerings in these two great pavilions!

  9. Melissa October 10, 2013 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    So we’re doing this together some time soon right? 🙂

    • Mary Connor October 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

      Next time we are in the same place at the same time – heck ya!!! If you are going to Princess Weekend next year maybe we could make it a blog meet up!

  10. Jenn Lissak October 21, 2013 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    I LOVE the wine flight in Italy… I need more wino travel partners to share with me!

  11. HeidiPortzlineStrawser March 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Italy is, of course, well known for its wine!  We lived in Italy for 5 months in the mid-70’s and I believe my mom learned to drink wine over there!

  12. Mickey_MDOD March 11, 2014 at 6:53 am - Reply

    What a totally unique take on a Disney “Snack” Mary! I love it!  At Biergarten you can get a beer flight too, which features 5 oz. pours of their 4 favorite beers, but I confess, after one or two of them I’m getting a buzz, so I think I might want to stay away from the wine flight! 🙂

  13. CapMagicalMem March 11, 2014 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Mickey_MDOD Biergarten has one of my most favorite wine flights!! They are always changing it up and it is always wonderful. But since I have that with dinner I can’t call that one a snack.  😉

  14. HeidiPortzlineStrawser March 14, 2014 at 6:43 am - Reply

    I wouldn’t think of wine as a snack.  Interesting concept!  We will definitely be trying some of these wines on Ashley’s 21st birthday trip this fall!  Thanks for the suggestions!

  15. disneyonwheels March 15, 2014 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    We HAVE to do this together the next time we are both there. I’ve never gotten wine in the World Showcase which seems so weird now that I wrote it. 🙂

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  17. Patricia May 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    I love the wine flights in Germany. My hubby is all about the beer but I much prefer to sip a glass of wine. At Christmas time they had mulled wine as well.

  18. Didi May 6, 2016 at 10:14 am - Reply

    I must confess that I had overlooked the Weinkellaruntil purchasing the Epcot Wine walk a few years ago. The ambiance here is authentic and immersive, just as you say. I did NOT know that a cheese plate is now on the menu- great add! UNFORTUNATELY, I just can’t find a German wine that I enjoy; sweet wines just aren’t my thing, and their drys are just too harsh. BUT, I would hang out here any day!!!

    • Mary Connor May 21, 2016 at 7:23 am - Reply

      I understand that Didi. I think of those sweet wines AS my dessert. 😉 Some get cake – I get wine.

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  20. Morgan | Bibbidi Bobbidi Booze May 21, 2016 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I’m with you when it comes to craving the beverages of the world show case more than the food – but I’ve never spent time in Germany. This review of the wine selections though is definitely going to make me rethink that come my next trip!

  21. Jennifer kaufman May 23, 2016 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Hmmm…. you may have just breathed new life into this pavilion for me! I usually hit Karamelle Kuche and move on, but I’ve never tried the wines. Despite being a Kaufman and living in Cincinnati, home of the largest Oktoberfest outside of Munich, I absolutely cannot stand German food… aside from pretzels and streusel 🙂 When I was 11 weeks pregnant with my girls I went on a solo trip and visited Biergarten because it was the only availability for the Candlelight Processional, and it was rough 🙂

    My husband will be thrilled when I ask to stop for longer on our next trip!

  22. Lisa Brown August 31, 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Best kept secret in Germany! Love the cheese plate and wine flights! A must visit in Epcot!

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