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The tiny region Hessische Bergstrasse takes its name from an old Roman trade route known as the strata montana, or mountain road.
It is a pretty landscape of vines and orchards scattered on hilly slopes famous for its colorful and fragrant springtime blossoms, the earliest in Germany. Riesling and Müller-
Bordered by the Rhine on the west and the protective Oden Forest on the east, the Hessische Bergstrasse extends from Darmstadt to just north of Heidelberg. The region also boasts a small "island of wine" near Gross-
Major town(s): Bensheim, Heppenheim.
Ample sunshine and sufficient precipitation for vines to thrive.
The soils are varied, ranging (north to south) from porphyry-
Vineyard area (2003):
444 ha / 1,097 acres · 2 districts · 3 collective vineyard sites · 20+ individual sites
Grape varieties [white 84% · red 16%] (2003):
Riesling (50.6%), Müller-
Well over half of the region's wine-
Signposted routes through wine country:
The route B-