In Rheinhessen umbrellas are largely unknown. The low precipitation and the know-how of the winemakers make the great wine country on the Rhine perfectly suitable for organic viticulture. And theferore it is no surprise, that Rheinhessen occupies a leading position in this field in Germany.
Rheinhessen is the largest German wine-growing region. And it is a wine-growing region with a long tradition, that has been formed since the Romans brought the wine to the Rhine over 2000 years ago.
Under the protection of Donnersberg, Taunus and Hunsrück, close to the Rhine and through the fertile soils, Rheinhessen has proven to be a favored location for excellent winegrowing. On the Rhine and in the hills, the sun shines more than 2000 hours per year and with an average of only 560 mm of precipitation, Rheinhessen is one of the most famous drylands in Germany. The annual average temperature is 10.7 ° C. And the wine is grown everywhere: vineyards are planted in 133 out of 136 communities in the vast triangle between Mainz, Worms and Bingen.
The structural change in Rheinhessen is vast. There are many winegrowing businesses that are growing. No vineyard is unused. Around 2,400 winegrowing businesses are active in Rheinhessen. Half of them sell bottled wines. The average size of a Rheinhessen winegrowing business is more than 10 hectares of vineyards. However, only the big ones grow. Many family businesses have already cracked the 20 ha mark. This development is only possible because the winemakers use a lot of innovative techniques and have many opportunities of technical progress and cooperation in the vineyard and the cellar.
Rheinhessen with its 26,300 hectares of vineyards is the largest German wine-growing region. But it is not only Riesling from the Rhine that attract attention and compete internationally .The traditional grape of Rheinhessen, Silvaner, is also creating more and more interest with the promotion of the variety as a dry menu wine. Another classic, beside Riesling and Silvaner, the Pinot, is having a comeback. The soils in Rheinhessen with their formative limestone content offer the best conditions for Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris & Co.
The vines between the Rhine and the hills are assigned to 3 areas - Bingen, Nierstein and Wonnegau. 414 single vineyard sites are on the top of the Pyramid of Origin in Rheinhessen.