After reading a rather unfavorable description of Donald Trump’s ancestral home of Kallstadt in the New Yorker magazine, we decided to take a look, especially since it was on our way from Rhodt to Mainz. We couldn’t imagine a village in this wine growing region being anything less than first class. We think that what we saw and experienced there proved us right, a lovely trim town worthy of a visit in its own right, especially if you are into fresh German white wines.

Downtown Kallstadt, home of Trump and Heinz.

Downtown Kallstadt, home of Trump and Heinz.

As unlikely as it may be, Kallstadt is the ancestral home of two American families who have made it big – not only the Trumps but also Heinz, the tomato catsup folks. We parked our car on the edge of town and right there stood the Heinz family winery.

Just look at the vineyards right up to the edge of town.

Just look at the vineyards right up to the edge of town.

Heinz Winery

Heinz Winery – taste and purchase

Heinz Winery front

Heinz Winery front – no pretenses here.

We stopped in at the corner bakery and inquired about the Trumps and where the cemetery is located. After the usual ohhs and args we were pointed in the right direction. There we found lots of modern era headstones of Trumps and Heinz but nothing really old.

Trump headstone

Trump headstone

Another Trump headstone

Another Trump headstone

Heinz family grave site

A Heinz family grave site

Another Heinz

Another Heinz

A third Heinz headstone

A third Heinz headstone

Here’s another entry into town, near the cemetery.

Town limit

Town limit

A gateway

A gateway into a winery

Wall decoration with a wine theme

Wall decoration with a wine theme

Of course we worked up quite an appetite in all our searching around for famous names. Here we found a likely spot for lunch.

An exceptional place of lunch on the outdoor terrace.

An exceptional place of lunch on the outdoor terrace.

Did I mention that the town is famed for a gastronomic specialty – pig stomach? You see it depicted here on this sculpture.

Pig stomach and wine, the town's claim to gastronomic fame.

Pig stomach and wine, the town’s claim to gastronomic fame.

Me pigging out.

Me pigging out.

If you really want to know what pig stomach looks like, then…

Pig stomach and friends

Pig stomach and friends

As we turned our car toward Mainz, we digested all the experiences that Kallstadt had offered us.

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