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Germany's largest wine region, Rheinhessen, lies in a valley of gentle rolling hills.
While vines are virtually a monoculture in the Rheingau or along the Mosel, they are but one of many crops that share the fertile soils of this region's vast farmlands. Steep vineyard sites are confined to small areas near Bingen and south of Mainz along the Rhein Terrasse. Varied soils and the favorable climate make it possible to grow many grape varieties, old and new. In fact, many of Germany's aromatic, early-
The Rhine Valley, bordered on the west by the Nahe River and on the north and east by the Rhine.
Major town(s): Mainz, Worms, Alzey, Bingen.
Mild. The region is ringed by protective hills and forests: in the west, the forested, hilly countryside known as Rheinhessen's Switzerland; in the north, the Taunus Hills; in the east, the Oden Forest.
Loess, limestone and loam, often mixed with sand or gravel, are the main soil types. Rotliegendes is a red, slaty-
Vineyard area (2003):
26,171 ha / 65,666 acres · 3 districts · 24 collective vineyard sites · 400+ individual sites
Grape varieties [white 71.2% · red 28.8%] (2003):
There are a large number of part-
Signposted routes through wine country:
There is no officially signposted Rheinhessen Wine Road. (One explanation is that nearly every village in the region is involved with wine and hence, all roads are "wine roads.") The road parallel to the Rhine (B-