Viticulture in Rheinhessen
Rheinhessen is the largest of Germany’s 13 wine regions with a size of over 26000 hectares (around 64000 acres). The area is located in Rhineland-Palatinate and lies on the left bank of the Rhine River. Viticulture has been introduced to Rheinhessen by Charlemagne but grapes were grown there ever since the Romans conquered the area.
Rheinhessen is famous for its Riesling, Silvaner and Müller-Thurgau whites and for its red Dornfelder wines. In the past, most white wines from Rheinhessen were off-dry and semi-sweet but because these wines became rather unpopular more and more wineries started producing dryer wines. In general, the wines from Rheinhessen are cheap – especially compared to more popular wine regions like the Mosel area.
Today’s wine comes from Gustavshof – a 4th generation Demeter-certified family owned winery from Heppenheim. Heppenheim is a small town just outside of Mainz, the capital-city of Rhineland-Palatinate. On just 18 hectares (44 acres) Gustavshof cultivates predominately Riesling and Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and produces 10 white and 13 red, 4 pink and 8 sparkling wines. Quite an incredible amount of wines considering the small size of the winery.
The winery also offers accommodations on their estate. For more information visit their website.
2012 ‘Riesling Feinherb’
Recently, I received a shipment of Rheinhessen and Mosel wines. The wine I liked most was the 2012 Gustavshof ‘Riesling Feinherb’. The wine is classified as Qualitätswein Rheinhessen and is produced with 100% Riesling grapes. ‘Riesling Feinherb’ aged in stainless steel tanks for a short period of time.
A bottle of 2012 Gustavshof ‘Riesling Feinherb’ retails for around 8.90€. An outstanding wine with a very good quality-price ratio! I am so glad that the ‘Riesling Feinherb’ was included in the shipment of I’ve included the wine in my current top 10, which was updated only recently.
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