Mine and Wine
The Mining ExperienceMuseum “Mine and Wine” with Video Presentation
(€ 9.00 per person)
Following your arrival, take the time to experience the back breaking work of slate miners, slaters and wine makers first hand - we have the tools on display in our small museum “Mine and Wine”: pick-axes, helmets, wedges, baskets, and mine lamps...
Video Presentation: Modern Slate Mining
Our video presentation illustrates modern state-of-the-art slate mining in Europe (length approx. 10 minutes) taking place in the Rathscheck Slate Mine near Mayen.
Afterwards we descend with our guide into the Fell Exhibition Mine (on foot!), and encounter the impressive former world of local (pre-industrial) slate mining (length approx. 60 minutes).
Demonstration: Working with Slate
Following this, you will witness a demonstration illustrating how the raw material is processed with slate cutters or a slate hammer and slater’s anvil into a finished slat (length approx. 15 minutes)
You will then receive sustenance in the form of a miner’s breakfast, the so called “half shift”; one cup of coffee, a bread roll and a slice of a local polony sausage ring per person (length approx. 30 minutes)
The Vineyard ExperienceWalk
(€ 7.45 per person)
Use your own transport to drive to a Fell vineyard for a cosy wine tasting session. Should you be blessed with fine weather, we recommend walking from the exhibition mine to a vineyard in Fell or Fastrau. The path there will pass by a numerous historical mines (entry tunnels), through picturesque vineyards and finally through the winemaking town of Fell (length of the walk to the vineyard: approximately 45 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on the location of the vineyard). With a bus, it is possible to reach the winemaking town of Fell within 15 minutes.
Wine Tasting at the Vineyard
On the estate you will experience a wine tasting session in cosy surroundings accompanied by the vintager’s thorough expert commentary, throughout which you will have the opportunity of sampling at least six different regional wines. Ranging from quality wines to those of superb merit, you will experience the versatile and unique taste spectrum of the local wines, by tasting the different varieties of wine (from white to red: riesling, rivaner, pinot blanc and pinot noir, depending on the vineyard) in the diversity of flavours (dry to smooth). To accompagny wine, the vintager will serve a small meal (probably consisting of bread with lard, cheese sandwich, white bread) and mineral water (length of wine tasting session: approximately 1.5 hours).
Wine Tasting occurs at following vineyards::
(you can also contact the vineyards (in German: Weingut) directly, if desired, the wine tasting can also be conducted at the Fell Exhibition Mine)
Our vintagers are delighted to introduce you to local wines (as described above). On request and for an additional charge, they would be happy to organise a more comprehensive wine tasting session! After the wine tasting you have the opportunity of buying excellent wines at favourable producer prices!
Overall cost beginning at € 16.45 per person (= The Mining Experience: € 9.00 + The Vineyard Experience: from € 7.45 per person). Minimum number of participants: 15 persons, i.e. a minimum fee of € 135.00.
Approximately 4 hours (approx. 2 hours mine and 1.5 hours wine tasting)