Outstanding Wine For Little Money: 2012 Gustavshof – Riesling Feinherb – Qualitätswein Rheinhessen

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.


Gustavshof logoToday’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’

2012 Gustavshof - Riesling Feinherb - Qualitätswein RheinhessenRecently, 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.

In the glass, the wine had a pale yellow color. The bouquet smelled like a fresh fruit basket! Lots of peach, apple, quince and pineapple. On the palate, ‘Riesling Feinherb’, was mineralic with a very soft acidity. I tasted the same fruit that I found on the nose which made the wine harmonious. The aftertaste was pretty long. 12% was the label listed ABV.
4 / 5 stars      
One of the aspects that I particularly like about the Gustavshof ‘Riesling Feinherb’ is that it is, unlike the majority of other Riesling that I tried, not too crisp. If the days now finally start to get warmer then I can’t wait to drink the wine again.  (yes it’s still pretty cold and rainy here in southern Germany…)

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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14 comments on “Outstanding Wine For Little Money: 2012 Gustavshof – Riesling Feinherb – Qualitätswein Rheinhessen”

  1. winetalks winetalks Reply

    That sounds like an enjoyable Riesling, which for me is kind of rare to find. Most of them are either way to sweet have an acidity that is too strong for my palate..
    Dr Loosen and Molitor make quite enjoyable Rieslings, too.

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      The Riesling Feinherb from Gustavshof is very well-balanced. Don’t worry about its soft acidity. It’s an excellent wine. I hope you get a chance to try it!

  2. foodwine88 Reply

    I’ve tried their wines during my latest trip to Central Europe. I was not too impressed with the Gustavshofs red wines but the white wines were really good! Loved them 🙂

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m glad that you enjoy the white wines from Gustavshof. I only like some of them. The Riesling Feinherb is my favorite out of them. Can’t say anything about the reds because I haven’t tried them yet. But in general I don’t like German reds really..

  3. hannah-theis hannah-theis Reply

    I just checked Wine Searcher and it doesn’t look like Gustvashof exports wine to Canada. What a pity! I would love to try their Riesling – especially at that price! Rare to find good AND cheap wine in Canada since the government is controlling the liquor stores..

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      Sorry to hear that the wine is not available in Canada.. But I assumed that Gustavshof is not exporting overseas – mostly because it’s a small winery..

  4. Sean P. Reply

    Good review, Julian! I thought that the Mosel was Germany’s largest wine region and not Rheinhessen.. Did I mix that up?

    • the winegetter Reply

      Hi Sean, the Mosel is actually only the fifth largest German wine producing region, after Rheinhessen, Pfalz (Palatinate), Baden and Wuerttemberg. It always seems larger, because the majority of top notch wines, and of the wines exported, are from the Mosel…you can check the numbers on the German Wines USA website.

      • Sean P. Reply

        Winegetter, thank you for enlightening me!
        Would you be so kind to give me the link to the German wine USA website? I’d love to learn more about German wine. I mostly drink Italian and Portoguese but the wine shops in New York also carry lots of German wine and I’m looming forward to try some of them 🙂

  5. the winegetter Reply

    I do have to say, it was a huge shock for me when I moved from Rheinhessen to the Mosel and saw the prices that were charged there. It is still one of the best bargain wine regions in Germany, and with so much quality going on there, it is very exciting!! Glad you made a good find!

    • Julian Rossello Reply

      I very much agree that the Rheinhessen region is home to some very good bargain wines. But even here in Munich they are hard to find. When it comes to German wine most Germans here only care for Mosel wine. But that means more great bargain wine for us!

  6. Francis Reply

    I have to agree that this is an outstanding Riesling! Can’t remember any other Riesling from Rheinhessen that is as good as this one. Bought 2 cases of it last week and still have half more case to finish =)

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