Spectacular Spargelfest

Saturday, 26 May 2018

We have some great news about our “Spectacular Spargelfest” Luncheon being held at Schloss Johanissberg………

Firstly, David Knower (our immediate past President) will host a Sekt Empfang at Schloss Johanissberg prior to the luncheon to honor Jim Herman, the departing US Consul General.

Secondly, we are adding a second bus stop going and returning from the Rheingau at Am Schwimbad, Kronberg to accommodate those who prefer to join us from the Taunus.  Departure from Kronberg is scheduled for 11:10am.

Thirdly, if you prefer to make your own way to Schloss Johanissberg you are able to do so, with a lower ticket price applying!

Our chartered bus will return from the Rheingao to arrive in Kronberg at 17:45 and the Tech Quartier at approximately 18:10. 

Costs for those choosing to take the bus with us are €55.00 for Members and €65.00 for non members

For those who prefer to make their own way to Schloss Johanissberg the cost is €30.00 for members and €35.00 for non members

Lunch is a non hosted event at individual expense. The wine tasting at Schloss Rheinhartshausen is included in the event price, with the cost for cakes and other small food items also at individual expense.

According to Schloss Johannisberg. “Great wines don’t happen by chance. They are the result of an ideal interplay of soil, grape variety and climate.” 

According to the AGBC, “Great events don’t happen by chance either. They are the result of an ideal interplay of location and extraordinary food, drink and companionship.”

Everyone attending this wonderful event will experience an incredible interplay of locations and extraordinary food, drink and companionship on Saturday, May 26.  It will include a cocktail party and sumptuous lunch in a palace followed by a visit to a historic vineyard.

This great event begins at Schloss Johannisberg at noon with a cocktail party hosted by David Knower, AGBC-Frankfurt’s immediate past President and a longtime contributor to the AGBC.  Mr. Knower has generously donated a Fest Sekt Empfang (Champagne toast) to honor and give a sincere “Farewell” to Jim Herman, the U.S. Consul General in Frankfurt, who will be leaving his post soon.

Schloss Johannisberg, sitting on top of Bishop’s Hill in the Rheingau and overlooking the Rhein River, is the oldest Riesling vineyard in the world and an ideal location for honoring Mr. Herman and enjoying a Spargel Luncheon…known better to Americans as “Asparagus” and to Germans as “Das Koenigsgemuese” (the royal vegetable).

After lunch, the group will be driven about 20 minutes to Schloss Rheinhartshausen to learn about its 680 years of experience cultivating grapes and producing exceptional wines.  All AGBC guests will treated as royalty, and enjoy a tasting of Schloss and Insel Wines.  In addition, guests will eat like Kings, and be able to feast upon Reinhartshausen specialities including its famous Riesling Torte.

A chartered coach will depart the new AGBC headquarters located at the Tech Quartier, Platz de Republic 2 in Frankfurt at 10:30am on Saturday 26 May 2018. The bus will drive to the Kronberg Schwimmbad to pick-up guests from the Taunus area.  After the luncheon, the same chartered coach will carry the group from Schloss Johannisberg to Schloss Reinhartshausen at approximately 15:00 for the special wine tasting, coffee and cake.  The bus will subsequently depart Schloss Reinhartshausen at approximately 17:00 to return to Kronberg and the AGBC office in Frankfurt.   

The a la carte luncheon is at individual expense.

The visit to Schloss Reinhartshausen will be from approximately 15:30 – 17:00.

Places are filling fast so we would suggest you making a booking as soon as possible – once our reserved allocation is sold out we cannot secure additional space!



A limited number of VIP seating tickets are available on request only at €220,00pp. These may be requested via our email address frankfurt@agbc.de .

We have very limited VIP availability, with VIP ticket holders able to enjoy lunch at the official table, with the Consul General.

Places are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
So don’t miss out – book now!

Where: Schloss Johannisberg, 65366 Geisenheim
When: Saturday, 26th May From 10.30am – 6.30pm
€55,00pp for Members.  €65,00pp for Guests taking chartered bus

€30.00pp for members and €35.00pp for non members For guests making their own way to Schloss Johanissberg.

Strictly limited VIP Ticket –  €220.00pp (available through application only).


Websites for Schloss Johannisberg and Schloss Reinhartshausen are: 

Voter Registration

May 2nd, 10.00am

On behalf of The American International Women’s Club (AIWC) AGBC-Frankfurt is extending an invitation to attend their “All Club Coffee” morning where the Vice Consul of the U.S. Consulate will make a short presentation and answer questions to assist with voter registration for the November mid term elections.

The event is to be held at the Café Hauptwache, An der Hauptwache 15, 60313 Frankfurt am Main on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 10 – 12 noon

All eligible voters are welcome. No prior registration is required.

USA Tax Reform

Monday, 7th May, 7.00pm

The U.S. Tax reform hits German-based American business owners and professionals hard!

The 2017 US tax reform created two new taxes:

  1. The Repatriation tax &;
  2. GILTI taxes.

Although intended for US multinationals like Google and Apple, these taxes have the potential to have a severe impact on American citizens and Greencard holders who are professionals or business owners living in Germany.

How would a 17.5% Repatriation tax on 30 years of accumulated profits of German corporations controlled by U.S citizen and Green Card holders affect your interests?

To address this important issue AGBC Frankfurt is holding a seminar, intended for U.S. and German tax professionals and Americans living in Germany, who have interests in German companies. The seminar will address the following:

U.S. Tax Aspects:

  • The Repatriation and GILTI Taxes
  • The problem these taxes came to address.
  • Understanding the new tax laws
  • The impact these laws have on American business owners and professionals living in France
  • Compliance timelines.  Planning options.  Advocacy alternatives

The seminar will be run by Monte Silver –  a U.S. tax attorney residing outside the U.S. Mr. Silver previously worked at the Estate & Gift Tax division of the I.R.S. and at the U.S. Tax Court. He specializes in providing advanced tax solutions to American expats. In addition to having published extensively on the impact of the Repatriation and GILTI taxes on Americans abroad, Mr. Silver has initiated a global tax advocacy effort to exempt expats from these taxes.

Seminar admission fee is 15 Euro.  Advance registration is required.

There will be opportunities for networking before and after the seminar

* Food and drinks available for order before and after the seminar

Places are strictly limited – you must reserve your place so that we can confirm catering requirements. Anyone seeking to gain entry without a reserved place cannot be guaranteed entry on the night.

Where: Café Hauptwache, An der Hauptwache 15, 60313 Frankfurt am Main
When: Monday, 7th May From 19.00 – 22.30

For more background on Mr Silva you can visit www.silvercolaw.com  and the global petition at www.americansabroadfortaxfairness.org