, Piesport

From winemaker and hotelier’s son to three-star chef

Portrait von Thomas Schanz.

Piesport. Home of the world famous Goldtröpfen vineyard. And home of top chef Thomas Schanz, whose roots are here. His parents have been producing wine here for decades. In 1992, Erich and Gabriele Schanz opened a guest house on the Bahnhofstraße in Piesport. Thomas Schanz was 12 at the time and in the years that followed, he got to see a lot of life and work in the hospitality business, which, just like the interaction with guests, had a huge impact on him.

So, it was only logical that he first trained as a hotel manager and then, on the advice of his mentor, also as a chef. He has always really enjoyed working in a kitchen. As an apprentice chef at the well-known Traube Tonbach hotel in Baiersbronn, he quickly became aware of how easily the work came to him and how creative he could be – and so his passion for cooking was firmly established. Following his apprenticeship, he left to work for various masters of their trade: for Markus Plein at the Alten Kelterhaus in Wintrich, for Klaus Erfort in Saarbrücken and for six years as sous-chef for Helmut Thieltges at the Waldhotel Sonnora in Dreis.

In 2011, he added a restaurant extension with seating for 30 to his parents’ small hotel. The modern new build combines Mosel slate, light fabrics and warm materials to create an elegant, timeless ambience with an easy-going, relaxed feel-good atmosphere. Glass panels allow small glimpses into the creative kitchen of Thomas Schanz and arouse interest in many a culinary delight.

Only three months after opening, Thomas Schanz was awarded his first Michelin star and just four years later he achieved what many chefs dream of – he cooked his way to a second star. 2017 saw prestigiousaccolades such as “Rising Star of the Year” by Gault Millau and “Restaurant of the Year” by Feinschmecker magazine. And the dream continues - in 2022 Thomas Schanz has earned his third Michelin star!


Luxury, charm and a passion for good food

Gault&Milllau awarded the restaurant five stars as “an exceptional fine-dining establishment”. “His dishes, which are also visually stunning, never quite deny their origins in European classicism, but reach far beyond this in terms of flavour and rich ingredients.”

In the current Guide Michelin, testers rate the gourmet restaurant as, “Refined, with just the right portion of contemporary – this applies to the ambience as well as Thomas Schanz’s cuisine. The beautiful interior […] elegantly compliments the sophisticated classic dishes with all their intense flavours.”

In his contemporary French cuisine, the “passionate chef”, as Thomas Schanz calls himself, places great importance on teasing out all the flavours from the best fresh ingredients and on capturing their fine, sometimes complex aromas to then present these with elegance on the plate.

Mineral, fruity Mosel wines are served as excellent accompaniments to his dishes, their light acidity complementing the gourmet chef’s creations. There are over 150 regional and a further 150 European wines for you to choose from. However, you can confidently put your trust in the wine recommendations of your hosts.


An agreeable trio: Hotel. Restaurant. Wine tavern.

The invites you to feel at home, relax and unwind – far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. And this is so easy to do. Leave your car after enjoying the extensive menu and wine selection and find the perfect overnight accommodation just a staircase away in the schanz.hotel. A family-run establishment with warm service and a selection of tastefully furnished rooms that meet the highest standards of comfort and design. And for those who want to discover even more about the house-produced still and sparking wines, we recommend an informative wine tasting with Erich Schanz in the cosy wine tavern, schanz.weinhaus.

The fusion of hotel, restaurant and wine tavern is an exceptional combination and can also be enjoyed as part of one of the gourmet or indulgence packages offered. 

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