Where. In Rheinhessen!

Where. In Rheinhessen!

Where is Germany's wine capital? Where are the most silvaner plants in the world? Where do they love Riesling and Dornfelder? And where are the oldest German vineyards? Right, in Rheinhessen. -TEXT: EVELIJN VAN HEUVEN | IMAGE EDITORS

Where. In Rheinhessen!

If you love German wine, then our eastern neighbours' largest wine region cannot have escaped your notice: Rheinhessen. Located in a valley just south of the Rheingau, it is about a 4-5 hour drive from Utrecht. It is a fertile place with rolling hills, some 25,000 hectares of which are planted with vines. And this viticulture is not something of the last few decades. No, it is the oldest vineyards in Germany. Wine has therefore been made there since the times of Astérix and Obélix. So haven't they become a bit rusty by now? Certainly not, Rheinhessen's local winemakers like to experiment and do not cling anxiously to one or just a few specific grapes, for example. It is far from boring in this wine region!

Rainbow of wines

Rheinhessen caters for every wine drinker, you will find a variety of grapes. Now the different types of soil and the favourable climate allow this. From Riesling, Weissburgunder and Silvaner to Dornfelder, Spätburgunder and Frühburgunder; Rheinhessen grows it all. Of course, there are favourites. For instance, white is way ahead of red in grades, and within the white wines, Riesling, followed by Müller-Thurgau, takes the lead.



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