Wine festival in Bernkastel-Kues starts – SWR Aktuell

The wine festival starts today in Bernkastel-Kues. Many Moselaners want to take this as an opportunity to protest against a new law. This is the reason why the traditional parade on the festival Sunday will not take place.

Colorfully decorated floats driving through the old town of Bernkastel-Kues. Foot groups running alongside, whose participants are dressed in traditional costumes. Music clubs that drum and trumpet.

There will be none of that in Bernkastel-Kues this year on the wine festival Sunday. According to the city, the reason for this is a new state security law and the associated uncertainty as to the conditions under which the move should have been held, says the mayor of Bernkastel-Kues Wolfgang Port (CDU). The city of Bernkastel-Kues canceled the move at the beginning of the year.

Protest forms in Osann-Monzel

There is a protest against the cancellation of the parade. It is based in Osann-Monzel. Jürgen Heinisch has already made a poster. For years he himself has walked along in the procession in traditional costume and has already driven the community’s float.

His plan: On the Sunday of the festival there should be a demonstration in Bernkastel-Kues, exactly then and exactly where the festival parade would normally have been held – in the midst of the wine festival visitors on the market square with traditional costumes, music and wine royalty. 200 citizens have already agreed, many would like the idea, says Heinisch.

Moselaners fight for tradition

“We think it’s a shame that cherished traditions can no longer take place because those responsible can’t be sure if something happens, they can be held liable.”

With the action, the protest leaders from Osann-Monzel want to make the legislator in Mainz understand that the new regulation is also endangering other festivals along the Moselle because the local decision-makers are afraid of being held responsible and that’s why better play it safe.

In addition, says Heinisch, the additional requirements also cost more money. Money that many small organizers do not have.

Jürgen Heinisch is supported by the mayor of Osann-Monzel, Armin Kohnz. He announced the date and the idea again: “I looked at who was there in the past and then wrote to the communities and clubs and asked for support.”

The city of Bernkastel-Kues sees the demonstration calmly

Wolfgang Port knows that a demonstration is planned. He does not want to comment on the upcoming protest, but he does on the new legal situation: “In certain parts of Germany, we tend to overmanage us with laws and regulations, so that it is hardly possible to hold traditional festivals.”

The mayor of the city of Bernkastel-Kues, Wolfgang Port, is sitting at his desk – he sees the new security law as further evidence that bureaucracy is getting out of hand in Germany.


“Wine drinking isn’t complicated. But making it possible to have a glass of wine at a wine festival has become more difficult.”

The mayor estimates that the wine festival will cost up to 60,000 euros more this year, even without the move, due to the stricter security requirements. “We need more security, we have to close the bridge and find new ways to set up terror barriers.”

“We’ll manage ourselves to death in this country at some point.”

Port hopes for nice wine festival

Despite all the circumstances, Wolfgang Port is now hoping for a nice wine festival. “The wine festival in Bernkastel-Kues is a festival where you can see each other and have a good time.” He also hopes for the future that the wine festival on the Middle Moselle can continue to be celebrated despite all the regulations and laws.

“We want to get back into the rhythm that we had before Corona. I hope that we have decision-makers in the committees who will make decisions with a sense of proportion, no matter what the new law looks like.”

Jürgen Heinisch from Osann-Monzel hopes that his planned protest will have an effect and that the events can take place again in the usual framework in the future.

“It’s getting more and more complicated. You also have to make sure that you don’t take the fun out of organizing events like this. That’s why a change has to be brought about.”

The article is in German

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