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Chaptalization is a narrowly permitted measure in the cellar, in order to improve the must or wine. Without compensation for the lack of alcohol, some wines could not be kept for long. In which wines this addition of sucrose is allowed and under what conditions is regulated by law very detailed and differentiated, in order to limit chaptalization to the absolutely necessary level and to avoid abuses. For some years, chaptalization has also been allowed by concentrating or by adding grape must concentrate.

wood chips


Wooden chips that are put into the wine and serve as a "substitute" for aging in barrique. Since July 10, 2009, the use of oak chips in grape and must stage, as well as in the wine stage in Germany is allowed.



Charlemagne was most likely born in 747 or 748 and died in Aachen in 814. He was King of the Frankish Empire from 768 to 814 and was the first Western European ruler since 800 to be emperor. In Rheinhessen, his traces are found mainly in Ingelheim.


Classic grape varieties

These are the traditional grape varieties (standard grape varieties) in contrast to the new varieties. These include, for example, Silvaner, Riesling, the Pinot varieties (white and red), Traminer, Portugieser. In the first half of the twentieth century, they characterized the Rheinhessen wine style. Later, they were pusghed back by the new aromatic grape varieties for a couple of years. For some years now, the classic grape varieties have been celebrating a renaissance again.



Rheinhessen is one of the four large drylands in Germany and is one of the sunniest and driest regions in Central Europe. Apart from the southwest of the region, the annual precipitation varies on average between 400 and 500 mm, which is low for German conditions. Hunsrück and Pfälzer Bergland (Donnersberg) keep the damp westerly winds off, "the rain remains in the mountains," which also provide wind protection, and the incoming sea-air masses rise warmly, but with little rain, to Rheinhessen. The clouds dissolve and bring only low…

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Traditional bottle cap from the outer bark of cork oak growing in the Mediterranean. It lets the atmospheric oxygen get into the bottle, which then ripens the "breathing" wine. But the maturation of a wine includes, as with any living product, the development to its climax and the subsequent "degradation of the personality," which makes the "experience of wine" so fascinating. On the other hand, cork oak plantations in Portugal (80% of cork), Spain and France are almost exhausted. The mouldy, bitter taste of a cork error can…

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Chamber of Agriculture

The regional office responsible for Rheinhessen (specialist department) of the Chamber of Agriculture Rhineland-Palatinate (Weinbauamt) is based in Alzey. Their responsibilities are: cultivation regulation, quality wine testing according to the sensory examination of quality wines and insects for issuing the Official Examination Number, official system for the monitoring of the maximum yield scheme, premium of wine and sparkling wine, recognition of grape vine planting material, vocational training, regional planning, professional…