Winehouse 1897

Reviewed by Emily McDonnell

Four alluring design-apartments in a former 1800s wine-growers house, surrounded by vineyards

Self-catering apartments
From €90
Four apartments for 2
Zeltingen-Rachtig, 7h 10 from central Berlin


Near the banks of the river, at the foot of the best vineyards in the Middle Mosel, lies an inconspicuous grey house. Inside, however, this former winegrower’s house is bursting with bold colours and striking design pieces. The four apartments have been named after fictitious characters, and they have been styled with these imaginary personalities in mind: Gesa Himmelreich, for instance, flew a hot air balloon across the English channel, meaning the apartment is airy and light with seemingly floating light fixtures.

The relaxed playfulness of the place spills outside, where you can kick back in the huge hammock, sipping locally-produced wine and gazing at the rolling vineyards which the garden overlook. If you can bear to drag yourself away from this gorgeous space, complete with BBQ and a spoiling rooftop terrace, head out into the striking Mosel valley to sample different grapes. Sounds like a tough life, right?!


I fell in love because...
  • The apartments are simply stunning and have been renovated with the utmost attention to detail
  • Mosel is an up-and-coming area in the wine world, and lots of young vineyards are producing interesting and delicious wines
You must...
  • Laze around on the roof terrace or in the hammock in the garden, sipping a glass of locally-produced Zeltinger Himmelreich wine
  • Take a bike ride or a hike through the vineyards and along the river, it’s simply stunning here (lots of routes begin on the doorstep)
You might dislike...
  • There’s no onsite breakfast, but there’s a great bakery nearby that’s even open on Sundays!
  • The rooms are very bright, which might not be to everyone’s taste, but I love them!
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Winehouse 1897


  • The most well-known wines are Zeltinger Himmelreich, Schlossberg and Sonnenuhr. Borrow one of our bikes and explore the surrounding vineyards (sampling as much wine as you can!)
  • Alternatively, take a VW tour through the vineyards; they’re offered by nearby Hotel Zeltinger Hof
  • Make sure to explore the Mosel Valley, the region is beautiful. Adventurous types are encouraged to paraglide across the river - you get the most incredible view
  • The tourist hotspots of Traben-Trarbach, Bernkastel-Kues and Kloster Machern are nearby and also well worth a visit

What people
are saying.

"The stay was really terrific, and the house was very lovingly and uniquely designed."

L. T.

"It is a perfect mix between traditional winegrower's houses and cosy modern design."


The essentials.

  • Sleeping arrangements: There are four apartments each with their own personality, Fritzi Bur, Kitti Schwenke, Lucy and Moritz von Breitenfeld and Gesa Himmelreich. They each sleep 2 people, and can be booked together for group trips.
  • Bathroom set up: All the apartments have showers, and Lucy and Moritz von Breitenfeld and Gesa Himmelreich have stand-alone tubs.
  • Food: Each apartment has space to prepare food (you’ll find basics such as tea, coffee, sugar, oil, salt and pepper), as well as a coffee machine and toaster. There’s an honest bar serving wine, and restaurants Ochs in Bernkastel-Kues and Zeltinmger Hof in Zeltingen-Rachtig come recommended by Markus and Bettina.
  • For families: Extra beds can be provided for small children on request, but it’s not recommended that they stay here as there are lots of open stairs and winery equipment as decor that could pose a hazard.
  • On-site equipment: There are bikes for guests to borrow, hairdryers, wifi and TVs.
  • Optional extras: Wine and vineyard tours.
  • Help: There’s always someone a text away should you need it.
  • Pets: Possible in some apartments, request when enquiring.
  • Sustainability: During the renovation, a lot of material was reused.


Winehouse 1897 is on the banks of the Moselle.

From Berlin, it's a 7-hour drive.

Sadly, it's a bit difficult to arrive with public transport.


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