Terroir of Hessen

The Rheingau is one of the smallest winegrowing regions in Germany. In the more elevated vineyards, above all in the steeper vineyards between Rüdesheim and Lorchhausen, slate, quartz and sandstone ensure particularly powerful, vigorous wines with hints of mineral notes. In the lower sections of the vineyards deep chalky loess soils can be found, where wines grow which are full-flavoured and rich in extract.

One variety of the Rheingau Riesling causes sensation all over the world: it is the highly praised, noble sweet “Rheingau Auslese”, “Beerenauslese”, “Trockenbeerenauslese” and “Eisweine”. The marvellous sweetness is accompanied by the brilliant play of aromas full of finesse. The Riesling’s acidity makes the balancing act perfect and ensures an artistic synthesis which enables an amazing durability of the delicious wines at the same time.

The traditional wine-growing estates Eberbach Monastery, Johannisberg Palace and Vollrads Palace have made the Rheingau known internationally. The appellations Kabinett and Spätlese as quality distinctions were used here for the first time. The Rheingau has been the home of the main grape variety Riesling but also of the Spätburgunder for more than 500 years. Experience the influence of the Rheingau soils and become familiar with the project "Terroir Hessen".