The Weinzentrale (wine centre) is Dresden’s hottest wine bar: Sommelier Jens Pietzonka, named twice sommelier of the year in Germany, opened his own wine bar in August 2015. Since then it became a place where you can meet famous winemakers and enjoy the best wines (mostly of German origin, but also some Austrian, French and Italian wines).
Approximately 500 wines are waiting for you to try. You can stand at the bar or rest on a table, one of them within a place called Adler-Ecke (eagle’s corner). The name derives from a cooperation with the VDP (the Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates), an elite group of some 200 quality-oriented German vintners who are committed to terroir-driven viticulture at the highest level. The bottles in the Adler-Ecke are empty – but you find most of them on the wine list.
If you are curious then Monday is the night to come, when you can order nearly all wines by the glass – a good chance to try one of the less inexpensive wines. Very often winemakers (from Saxony as well as from the other German wine growing regions) are present at the Weinzentrale for tastings. Every Tuesday Jens Pietzonka opens big bottles (1.5 litres and bigger) and serves these specialities by the glass – and Friday after ten p.m. all open bottles are standing on the bar: Restesaufen (leftover boozing) sounds brutal – but is actually lots of fun!
In March 2018 the German Wine Institute (DWI) has awarded the Weinzentrale the title “Excellent Wine Gastronomy”.