Separation of the young wine from the sediment in the barrel, the deposit (also called lees). During the racking, the clear wine is taken out and pumped into another barrel. The remaining wine with the lees is used for making "Hefebrand" (a brandy like drink made with the yeasty wine). However, it can also be brought back to the vineyard and be spread there as organic fertilizer.
Optical, telescope-like device for determining the must weight of ripening grapes in the vineyard. The refraction of light is measured and thus the sugar content is determined on a measuring scale.
Hill country located in the turn the river Rhine is making between Bingen, Mainz, Worms, Alzey and Bad Kreuznach. Surrounded and protected by Hunsrück, Taunus, Odenwald and Palatinate Forest. In the triangle of the A 60, A 61 and the Rhine; Part of the country Rhineland-Palatinate. Ancient settlement land, rich in cultural heritage. Largest wine growing region in Germany.
The area wine advertising based in Alzey was founded in 1961. The purpose of the association is to promote the sales of Rheinhessen wines at home and abroad. Community advertising promotes Rheinhessen wine as "Die Weine der Winzer" (engl.: the winemaker's wines). It provides its members with advertising material, advice, trade contacts and training opportunities. Rheinhessenwein e.V. is the central information office for all questions about wine from Germany's largest wine-growing region. Link to Rheinhessenwein eV / About us
A wine of pale to light red color made from red grapes. The wine type must be indicated by the words "roséwein" or "Rosé". If the rosé wine is a quality wine and obtained exclusively from grapes of one single grape variety, it can be called "Weißherbst". When producing rosé, the grapes are immediately pressed without any previous fermentation and not "skin fermented", like it is nomally done in the production of red wine.
Rheinhessen is traditionally known as white wine region. However, several "red wine islands" have always been around Ingelheim, Gundersheim and Biebelnheim. In addition, there is Dornfelder and Pinot Noir ("Spätburgunder"), just as well as Portugieser, Frühburgunder (Pinot Madeleine) or Regent. In the last few years, there has been some international red varieties as well, such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. The increased demand for red wine and for special wines like "Weißherbst" led to the cultivation of red…
The riddling desk is used during sparkling wine production. The bottles are initially placed in the desk almost horizontally. Over a period of one month, the bottles are slowly turned and moved into a more and more upright position. All of this is done by hand. Once, the bottle is placed in the riddling desk upside down, the riddling pocess is over. All the yeast in the bottle has sunk into the bottle neck and the wine can now be disgorged.