August is a particularly special time of the year for Stuttgart.
Unusually for a beer-loving nation, wine is the alcoholic beverage of choice in Stuttgart.
This is thanks to a local count who banned the production of beer so he could sell the wine he produced centuries ago.
Today, Stuttgart is the only place in Germany where wine is produced within the city walls. And in fact, the city of Stuttgart owns its own vineyards from which it still produces a small amount of wine.
You can, of course, visit the city and its vineyards year round but it’s towards the end of August that Stuttgart hosts its annual wine festival.
The week-long festivities take place in the heart of the city and is a great way to meet the locals and heartily sample the wine while you’re at it.