How we look at things

How we look at things

Cooking, good food and drink and looking after our guests: this is our mission. We fulfil it with passion and dedication – and with a sense of responsibility. Towards our guests, ourselves, nature and in particular towards those who require support.

We don’t believe that we are in possession of any eternal verities, but because we are lucky enough to be able to work with passionate people we have developed certain attitudes that we try to live up to in our daily work in order to fulfill our responsibilities. We believe that it is important and necessary, especially at the present time, to take a firm stand on one point: we bring together people regardless of ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, origin, social status or disability. We strongly oppose discriminatory treatment in our surroundings.

Since its foundation in 1963, our company has stood for successful integration. At the beginning people came from southern Italy, then from the Balkans and today they come from all over the world to work with us and to seek their fortune in Germany. They may even have come as our guests. We thank our destiny for the fact that we were born and raised in a prosperous and safe country. We’re therefore happy to reach out across countries and borders to all those who want to accompany us on our journey and are people of good will. At the same time, we would prefer all those who think differently or are homophobic to look elsewhere for their accommodation.

 

Ulli & Christian

Mittermeier

Almost typical in the hotel and restaurant trade: the two got to know each other at a hotel – in fact during their apprenticeship at the prestigious five-star Hotel Bareiss in the Black Forest. Christian had already trained as a butcher at home in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, but in the Black Forest both of them gained their initial hotel experience, which has since stood them in good stead.

Even then Christian remembers that Ulli had a lot of taste and no less skill in furnishing her trainee’s room on a limited budget – an ability that she has developed professionally in the course of her career. Today she is responsible for the entire interior design of Villa Mittermeier and the neighbouring hybrid hotel Mittermeiers Alter Ego – the latter in cooperation with the architect Prof. Martin Schroth, who was responsible for the overall architectural concept.

But back to the beginnings. After three varied and instructive years at Hotel Bareiss, the two moved to Hotel Euler in Basel in 1989, only to set up their own business in the same year and take over the Burgschenke restaurant in Lörrach. After another five years in which the Burgschenke developed into one of the culinary highlights in the border triangle, new and exciting challenges awaited them in their former home area of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

In 1995 they took over Hotel Mittermeier from Christian’s parents and continued to develop it into today’s Villa Mittermeier. Christian Mittermeier is a member of Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe (JRE), an association of top young chefs. He is now of course no longer one of the young guns, but a respected member of the table d´honneur of the JRE. His experience and cosmopolitan outlook are also in great demand elsewhere. For example, he advises the Electrolux Group and its AEG brand on the development of new appliances and is a global brand ambassador. He also inspires people on international cooking stages and at experimental cooking events with new creations and culinary techniques. He is happy to pass on his knowledge and experience in the form of cookery book articles and columns, for example on Zeit.de from 2010 to 2013.

Cooking, good food and drink and looking after our guests: this is our mission. We fulfil it with passion and dedication – and with a sense of responsibility. Towards our guests, ourselves, nature and in particular towards those who require support.

We don’t believe that we are in possession of any eternal verities, but because we are lucky enough to be able to work with passionate people we have developed certain attitudes that we try to live up to in our daily work in order to fulfill our responsibilities. We believe that it is important and necessary, especially at the present time, to take a firm stand on one point: we bring together people regardless of ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, origin, social status or disability. We strongly oppose discriminatory treatment in our surroundings.

Since its foundation in 1963, our company has stood for successful integration. At the beginning people came from southern Italy, then from the Balkans and today they come from all over the world to work with us and to seek their fortune in Germany. They may even have come as our guests. We thank our destiny for the fact that we were born and raised in a prosperous and safe country. We’re therefore happy to reach out across countries and borders to all those who want to accompany us on our journey and are people of good will. At the same time, we would prefer all those who think differently or are homophobic to look elsewhere for their accommodation.

 

Ulli & Christian

Mittermeier

Almost typical in the hotel and restaurant trade: the two got to know each other at a hotel – in fact during their apprenticeship at the prestigious five-star Hotel Bareiss in the Black Forest. Christian had already trained as a butcher at home in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, but in the Black Forest both of them gained their initial hotel experience, which has since stood them in good stead.

Even then Christian remembers that Ulli had a lot of taste and no less skill in furnishing her trainee’s room on a limited budget – an ability that she has developed professionally in the course of her career. Today she is responsible for the entire interior design of Villa Mittermeier and the neighbouring hybrid hotel Mittermeiers Alter Ego – the latter in cooperation with the architect Prof. Martin Schroth, who was responsible for the overall architectural concept.

But back to the beginnings. After three varied and instructive years at Hotel Bareiss, the two moved to Hotel Euler in Basel in 1989, only to set up their own business in the same year and take over the Burgschenke restaurant in Lörrach. After another five years in which the Burgschenke developed into one of the culinary highlights in the border triangle, new and exciting challenges awaited them in their former home area of Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

In 1995 they took over Hotel Mittermeier from Christian’s parents and continued to develop it into today’s Villa Mittermeier. Christian Mittermeier is a member of Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe (JRE), an association of top young chefs. He is now of course no longer one of the young guns, but a respected member of the table d´honneur of the JRE. His experience and cosmopolitan outlook are also in great demand elsewhere. For example, he advises the Electrolux Group and its AEG brand on the development of new appliances and is a global brand ambassador. He also inspires people on international cooking stages and at experimental cooking events with new creations and culinary techniques. He is happy to pass on his knowledge and experience in the form of cookery book articles and columns, for example on Zeit.de from 2010 to 2013.

Ecological

Wine Making
We realise that our world and its ecology need to be protected! And of course this also applies to wine making. Although it involves much more work and the transition from conventional to organic production is far from easy, we decided some time ago to go for it. Today, one third of the entire Tauberhasen cultivation area is already managed ecologically and completely without spraying agents. Further areas will gradually follow.

By cultivating our own vineyards we maintain complete control of the process from the grapevine to the glass. And you can taste the difference.

For us, sustainability means not only the how, but also the where. Our white wines grow right on our doorstep in the Taubertal in Tauberzell.

Why not take a little detour to our vineyards on your next visit?

For further information: tauberhase.de

 
 
Our

Bees
It’s always possible to keep a few colonies of bees and then claim to be helping the environment, but greenwashing has never really been our thing. If we do something, we do it right. And accordingly Lars and Dr. Rudolf Hahn, cousin and uncle of Christian Mittermeier, lovingly take care of the 125 bee colonies which are at home in the Tauberhasen vineyards and diligently pollinate them.

By the way, the honey of these hard-working helpers is available at breakfast, and sweetens not only our homemade ice cream but also one or two creations from the Mittermeier kitchen.

Grape varietal

Know-How
While we’re on the subject of wine, here’s a little background knowledge.
In the so-called “Alte Wengert” (old vineyard), in addition to our main Riesling grape we also cultivate the Bacchus and Müller-Thurgau varietals, both related to the Riesling. In the new areas that we are constantly opening up only Silvaner, the leading Franconian varietal, is cultivated – but only after the area has lain idle for at least a year in order to regenerate.

Vineyards radiate a special tranquillity. For us they are magic places that constantly ground us anew and remind us of our origins.

If you would like to experience this special power in person, we recommend the grape variety nature trail and the hiking and cycling paths through the Taubertal vineyards (cycling and hiking maps are available at reception).