Wine Regions of Central Germany
The Mosel Valley, a gorge the river carved between the Hunsrück and Eifel hills, and the valleys of its tributaries, the Saar and Ruwer rivers. The river banks rise so sharply that the vineyards carpeting these slopes are among the steepest in the world, with some planted at an astounding 70-degree gradient. Internationally, this is the most known region, partially due to their early participation in international exhibitions. Mosel is the most export oriented region, producing 60% sweet wines – more than any other region in Germany. Wines are fragrant, reminiscent of spring blossoms, light body, have a pale color and a refreshing, fruity acidity.
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, southward facing slopes along the Rhine. It is a quietly beautiful region, rich in tradition. Early on, its medieval ecclesiastical and aristocratic wine-growers were associated with the noble Riesling grape and, in the 18th century, were credited for recognizing the value of harvesting the crop at various stages of ripeness from which the Prädikate, or special attributes that denote wines of superior quality, evolved. It is widely regarded to be the historical birthplace of Riesling. The wines are typically drier in style and medium bodied.
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. The wines tend to be fragrant and rich, with more body and acidity and finesse similar to those of the Rheingau.
The second largest region in Germany and largest red wine producer. Wines are generally off-dry and medium-bodied.
The largest and one of the most exciting wine region in Germany lies in a valley of rolling hills. Steep slopes are found by the River Rhine. One of the most famous sites is the “Roter Hang” or “Red Slope”, which owes its name to a red slaty-sandy clay soil, and which holds several “Grosse Lagen” or “Grand Cru” sites. One of the main suppliers for the domestic market and less known internationally, but rivals the more established, export-oriented regions in any aspect. Wines are generally drier, have a fuller body and a round mouth-feel. Stonefruit aromas are typical for white wines of this region.
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