Winegrowing in the Rheingau and in Rüdesheim

 

Knowledgeable authors on the subject of wine are frequently left grasping for superlatives. The English writer Hugh Johnson calls it the "best winegrowing region on the Rhine" and Frank Schoonmaker‘s "Encyclopaedia of Wine" goes even further: "In the opinion of many experts, this is the most important winegrowing area in the world". They are talking about the Rheingau, which with a planted area of around only 3 000 hectares, is one of the smallest winegrowing areas in Germany.

 

Geographically, the Rheingau is a two to three kilometer wide strip of land along the River Rhine that extends downstream from the mouth of the River Main at Wicker to the village of Lorchhausen 38 kilometres away. The area offers the perfect climate for growing wine, as brotherhoods of winemaking monks discovered here many centuries ago. This section of the Rhine is broad, almost resembling a lake in places, and reflecting the sun‘s light upwards onto the south facing slopes. To the rear, the woods of the Taunus hills offer protection against the perils of cold northerly winds.

 

All German wine predicates originate in the Rheingau and could only be used for wines of exceptional quality. For example, the term "Cabinet" was already well-known over 250 years ago to describe good vintages made from exceptional grapes, these wines being stored in "cabinet" cellars. "Spätlese", "Auslese" and their more noble relatives, the "Beerenauslese" and "Trockenbeerenauslese", were also discovered in the Rheingau. They continue to be considered specialities, which cannot be grown in large quantities every year.

 

The Riesling is of particular importance for the Rheingau. The first testimony for the cultivation of "secrant vines" can be found in the Rheingau; It dates from the year 1435. Riesling has been the most highly prized variety in this district on the banks of the Rhine ever since and now covers 84 percent of the total vineyard area in the Rheingau – no other winegrowing region in the world grows such a high proportion of Riesling. Although other varieties would be capable of producing greater yields, they have never been able to establish a firm hold in the Rheingau. After all, the Riesling grape‘s elegance, its characteristically delicate peachy bouquet and crisp acidity mark it out as possibly the best white wine variety in the world. Here, in the northerly winegrowing regions around the 50° parallel, the Riesling grape finds the ideal soil and climate. The long ripening season allows the grapes plenty of time to absorb minerals from the soil giving the wines exceptional fruit and body.

 

The wine harvest in the Rheingau rarely begins before 15 October and often continues into late November. Riesling requires a warm autumn to allow the grapes to develop the necessary sugar content.

Winegrowing in the Rheingau and in Rüdesheim

 

Knowledgeable authors on the subject of wine are frequently left grasping for superlatives. The English writer Hugh Johnson calls it the "best winegrowing region on the Rhine" and Frank Schoonmaker‘s "Encyclopaedia of Wine" goes even further: "In the opinion of many experts, this is the most important winegrowing area in the world". They are talking about the Rheingau, which with a planted area of around only 3 000 hectares, is one of the smallest winegrowing areas in Germany.

 

Geographically, the Rheingau is a two to three kilometer wide strip of land along the River Rhine that extends downstream from the mouth of the River Main at Wicker to the village of Lorchhausen 38 kilometres away. The area offers the perfect climate for growing wine, as brotherhoods of winemaking monks discovered here many centuries ago. This section of the Rhine is broad, almost resembling a lake in places, and reflecting the sun‘s light upwards onto the south facing slopes. To the rear, the woods of the Taunus hills offer protection against the perils of cold northerly winds.

 

All German wine predicates originate in the Rheingau and could only be used for wines of exceptional quality. For example, the term "Cabinet" was already well-known over 250 years ago to describe good vintages made from exceptional grapes, these wines being stored in "cabinet" cellars. "Spätlese", "Auslese" and their more noble relatives, the "Beerenauslese" and "Trockenbeerenauslese", were also discovered in the Rheingau. They continue to be considered specialities, which cannot be grown in large quantities every year.

 

The Riesling is of particular importance for the Rheingau. The first testimony for the cultivation of "secrant vines" can be found in the Rheingau; It dates from the year 1435. Riesling has been the most highly prized variety in this district on the banks of the Rhine ever since and now covers 84 percent of the total vineyard area in the Rheingau – no other winegrowing region in the world grows such a high proportion of Riesling. Although other varieties would be capable of producing greater yields, they have never been able to establish a firm hold in the Rheingau. After all, the Riesling grape‘s elegance, its characteristically delicate peachy bouquet and crisp acidity mark it out as possibly the best white wine variety in the world. Here, in the northerly winegrowing regions around the 50° parallel, the Riesling grape finds the ideal soil and climate. The long ripening season allows the grapes plenty of time to absorb minerals from the soil giving the wines exceptional fruit and body.

 

The wine harvest in the Rheingau rarely begins before 15 October and often continues into late November. Riesling requires a warm autumn to allow the grapes to develop the necessary sugar content.

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