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Rheinhessen: Viticultural Region

Rheinhessen: Viticultural Area

The left Rhine winegrowing area is located in Rhineland-Palatinate and ranges from the Rhine near Bingen to Worms in the direction of Alzey. Two cultivation areas Rheingau and Hessische Bergstraße lie opposite the Rhine. In the west it borders on the Nahe river and in the south on the Palatinate. More than 6,000 winegrowers produce more than 2,500,000 hectoliters (1 hl = 100 liters) of wine, which makes 25% of total German wine production (9,000,000 hectoliters of wine were produced in 2016).
There is no dominating grapevine here. The winegrowers pay attention to diversity of varieties and the existing climate and soil conditions. The growing area is mainly hilly. In Nierstein, Nackenheim and Bingen you can also find steep slopes. The region is only slightly wooded, but there is protection from the Taunus, Soonwald, Odenwald and the Donnersberg Mountain range.

White wines are ahead with about 70% of the cultivation area. Müller-Thurgau ranks first, followed by the Silvaner, which has the largest cultivation area worldwide. An exception to this is Ingelheim, where there is a small and outstanding red wine area. In the 20th century, wines from Nierstein and from the Worms Liebfrauenkirche achieved top prices at international auctions.

It has been done a lot for nature lovers here. If you visit the rheinhessische Schweiz a 6,766 ha landscape protection and recreational area in the southwest of the Rheinhessen region, you will find the legendary Beller Church, the Gothic Katharienkirche in Oppenheim, the red slope near Nierstein, old vineyard towers and much more.

Hiwweltouren:
There are 9 certified circular hiking trails. The stage Aulheimer Tal includes the legendary Trullo at Flonheim. Love and loyalty symbolizes the Ajax-Turm near Siefersheim.

RheinTerrassenWeg:
This trail takes you 75 km along the Rhine, from Worms to Mainz. Between Oppenheim and Nierstein you will find a outlook of the red slope and Nierstein.

Zellertalweg:
5 stages around 45 km.

Selztal-Terroir-Routen:
4 adventure circular trails in the middle Selztal.

Kulturweg Petersberg:
The Peterskirche on the summit with a beautiful view.

Lutherweg 1521:
Follow Martin Luther on the pilgrimage in 3 stages.

Rhein Burgen Weg:
The first stage of Bingen - Trechtingshausen.

extentsoil conditionmost common grape varieties
26.500 hasandy, loess, marl soils, loamy and calcareous soils, as well as brown soilMüller-Thurgau, Silvaner, Riesling, Burgundy, Dornfelder, Portugieser
Maximum hectare yield is set at 105 hl / ha1st place, the largest German wine-growing region

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