Mittelrhein Ground Plan Viticulture Map
From the mouth of the Nahe river near Bingen till Bonn extends the romantic Rhine section of 120 km in length. The Rhine meanders its way through the hills of the Hunsrück, Eifel and Taunus. Along the route are there many craggy cliffs, steep terraced vineyards, castles and its ruins, charming towns and the legendary Loreley. In 2002, the southern section of the Rhine was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The famous British landscape painter William Turner was a great admirer of Rhine Romanticism.
The Middle Rhine seems to me to be an important crossroad where three wine-growing regions of the Ahr, Moselle and Nahe rivers flow together and where the Rheingau and the Rheinhessen are in the immediate vicinity. Viticultural area on the Rhine ends as the northernmost point near Bonn on the 50th parallel. If you are curious und order Dragon's Blood in this region you will get a Pinot Noir.
If you want to hike, you can follow the Rheinsteig in stages on the 320 km long trail from Wiesbaden through the entire valley of the Middle Rhine to Bonn. An exhausting stage from St. Goarshausen to Kaub is said to be one of the most beautiful. If you manage to overcome the steep 22 km long route, you will be rewarded with a grandiose panorama. Another option is hiking the 7 Premium circuits route on the Rheinsteig.
On the 2nd weekend in September, there is a wine market in Oberwesel, which is celebrated with a big fireworks. The night of a thousand fires is also known as the "Rhine in Flames".
|extent||soil condition||most common grape varieties|
|460 ha||slate, loess, weathered and volcanic soils||Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner and Pinot Noir|
|maximum hectare yield is set at 105 hl/ha.||extent: 12/13|
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