All professional tours are one-day excursions, starting at 8:30 am and returning to Stuttgart at 10 pm at the latest. The organizers reserve the right to cancel a given tour by not reaching the minimum number of 15 participants. Please note that up to 50 participants can be booked for each tour.
Are you interested in an overview of pre- and post-harvest physiological aspects of perennial fruit tree species and in particular of pome- (apple, pear) and stone fruit (cherry, plum)? Then join this excursion and travel down to the Lake Constance to visit the largest fruit production area in Germany. You will be welcomed at the Centre of Competence for Fruit Growing (KOB) that has a State mandate for applied research and technology transfer. The extensive experimental research orchard and the state-of-the-art storage facility are unique characteristics of the KOB, which facilitate specific orchard trials, harvest practices and innovative supply chain management systems. The tour will also visit commercial fruit orchards as well as one storage and packhouse facility in the region. The “social factor” is an integral part of this tour with sightseeing of some cultural heritage sites to introduce you to the heterogeneity and traditions from the past. The shore of Lake Constance will provide a beautiful setting to unwind and to enjoy some culinary delights from the region.
Link science with sightseeing and local culture! This excursion will give you a glance of the beautiful Rhine River floodplain and hilly landscape of the Haardt Mountains, one of the largest wine production areas in Germany. You will visit the Julius Kuehn Institute (JKI) for Grapevine Breeding at Geilweilerhof Siebeldingen, which is surrounded by vineyards. On a guided tour you will experience the institute’s campus and current research activities. Thereafter, enjoy the bus tour on the `German Wine Street´, traveling through the wine growing area with picturesque landscape and villages. A cultural highlight will be the historical site `Hambacher Schloss´, which is dated back to the 11th century. Citizens’ protests in 1832 at the castle are known as the `Hambacher Fest´, which set the basis for democracy in Germany. You will enjoy an informative guided tour through the show rooms of the castle and learn about important historic events. After visiting the castle, the tour will proceed to the final destination – the historic winery Naegele. To reach the winery you may go by the tour bus – or there is the option for a downhill hike. Then, after a walk through the winery, you can relax and enjoy snacks and some excellent wines.
The hop excursion will go to the hop metropolis of Tettnang, embedded in a unique landscape between the northern banks of Lake Constance and Allgäu. The cultivation of hops in this region of was officially documented for the first time in the year 1150. Large scale hop cultivation was performed as from 1844. Nowadays, Tettnang produces up to 2,000 tonnes top quality aroma hops on 1200 hectares managed by 170 farms. The tour will visit the Baden-Wurttemberg’s Tettnang-Straß State hop research station. The deliberate and consistent selection of Tettnang variety clones and the first “production” of the world’s first virus-free hop offshoots in 1984 are just a few examples of its work, which provides the basis for the region’s competitiveness today. You will then explore the island of Lindau on the wonderful Lake Constance before visiting the Hopfengut #20, which is beautifully situated between vast fields of hops in a hilly country-side. A guided tour will show all the machines used to turn freshly harvested hops into a readymade beer that is exported all over the world. The day concludes with a tasty rustic buffet and of course a German beer tasting that will surely be a great experience!
More and more vegetables are grown in Germany in recent years. The production of outdoor vegetables (3.8 million tonnes) has started increasing again with carrot, onions, white cabbage, gherkins, red cabbage, iceberg lettuce and asparagus being the top seven products. Of the greenhouse vegetables (180,000 tonnes) is tomato by far the most important product. During the vegetable excursion, we are pleased to introduce you to two state-of-the-art horticultural companies. The first stop of the excursion is at “Hagdorn Tomaten” in Hochdorf/Enz, where all-season greenhouse production of tomato takes place at the highest horticultural and technical level for the regional market. The trip takes us then across the northern part of the Black Forest with scenic views and opportunities for photo stops. The second company visit is at Gehrer Spargelwelt in Durmersheim, where we will visit the high yielding and top quality fields of white asparagus, a speciality in the region of Baden. This product is available only for a few months of the year, but it is very well known to all interested consumers. Before returning to Stuttgart, you will be served asparagus in the farm’s own restaurant, hopefully to the delight of all participants!
Are you interested in strategies for ornamental plant production and sales in research and commercial environments? Then join this excursion and travel to Heidelberg to visit horticultural enterprises and the State Horticultural College and Research Institute Heidelberg (LVG). Innovative alternatives to chemical plant growth regulation, organic plant production schemes, biological pest and disease management as well as research on bee friendly plant cultivation methods are unique characteristics of the LVG. Integral part of this tour is a visit to the Schwetzingen Palace and the surrounding unique gardens. They are a masterpiece of 18th century landscape architecture, combining geometrically structured elements of French formal gardens with informal landscapes of traditional English gardens. Our local type of tavern called “Besenwirtschaft” is the perfect place to end the day and enjoy some culinary delights from the region.