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The Rheingau is one of the most distinguished wine regions of the world.
Moving from east to west, the fairly flat, dimpled landscape evolves into progressively steep slopes. It is a quietly beautiful region, rich in tradition. Early on, its medieval ecclesiastical and aristocratic wine-
The Rhine Valley, along the 50° of latitude. The region is practically one long hillside on the northern bank of the river on its 30-
Major town(s): Wiesbaden, Eltville, Rüdesheim.
Mild winters and warm summers. The vineyards are protected from cold winds by the forest-
Although the region is compact, there are many kinds of soil, including chalk, sand, gravel, all types of clay, loess, quartzite and slate.
Vineyard area (2003):
3,167 ha / 7,825 acres · 1 district · 10 collective vineyard sites · 100+ individual sites
Grape varieties [white 84.4% · red 15.6%] (2003):
Riesling (78.2%), Spätburgunder (12.7%), Müller-
Compared with other German wine regions, the Rheingau has a high proportion of full-
Signposted routes through wine country:
Rheingauer Riesling Route (driving) · Rheingauer Riesling Pfad (hiking) · Rheingauer Radwanderweg (cycling)