Rheinhessen winemakers have a lot to offer to any Pinot friends: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc or Pinot Blue. Many different colours, but no Pinot Pale. On the contrary. Pinots are not pale at all in that large wine growing area by the river Rhine. And their popularity is increasing daily. No wonder - because Pinots love the soils in Rheinhessen with their characterizing limestone content, their warmth and depth. They like the Pinot-friendly climate in the sun-rich, low-precipitation Rhine area.
In addition, our winemakers follow their instincts in order to create extraordinary wines. As a consequence, here in Rheinhessen we have the best conditions for producing appealing Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, or other membrs of this illustious grape family. These include the blue chips from the second row with Auxerrois, St. Laurent, Pinot Madeleine (Frühburgunder) or Pinot Meunier (Schwarzriesling). Not to mention the Rosé versions with Weißherbst or Blancs de Noirs. Most importat, however, are the Pinot sparkling wines, the most sensual expression of what this remarkable grape variety family has to offer.
"Burgunder-Wunder" (Pinot miracle) is the term, spectators have given to what has happened in the Rhine vineyards in the recent years. In the beginning of the 1990s, only 4% of the entire Rheinhessen vineyard were covered by Pinot vines. But the Pinot family increased their popularity and growth enormously within the last 20 years, resulting in more than 5,500 hectares of vineyards (more than 20% of the total vineyard). A real story of success for the Pinot varieties in Rheinhessen.
Talking about a story - that's how the story could begin: In the beginning was the Pinot Noir. The Nile, in Egypt, is said to be the genetic center of the Pinot vine. The Pinot Noir is probably one of the earliest varieties selected from wild vines in western Central Europe. We'll tell you what's going on in the next issue, with one grape variety at a time, just to try it out yourself.