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Ahr

The winegrowing area named after a tributary of the Rhine is located in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. The Ahr has its source in the Eifel and flows south of Bonn into the Rhine. The vineyards cover 563 hectares of vineyards on south-facing steep slopes in the lower and middle part of the deeply incised river valley over a length of about 25 kilometres. In 2014, a significant decision was made in the Ahr valley in favour of ecologically sound, sustainable viticulture. It is the first wine-growing region in Germany to do without insecticides across the board. In the "Gourmet & Wine" event series, restaurateurs work together with top winegrowers and bring culinary delights in harmony with art and culture.

Karte vom Anbaugebiet Ahr

Climate and soil

In the upper region between Altenahr and Marienthal, slate weathering soils predominate in the narrow valley areas. Here the vineyards reach almost to the river. In the lower region between Walporzheim and Heimersheim there is mainly loess loam soils offset with stone weathering. In the steep terraced areas, soils, rocks and vineyard walls made of slate and greywacke store the sun's heat, release it back to the vines at night and thus create a mild, Mediterranean microclimate with relatively high temperatures.

Ahr - Einzellagen Mayschoß

Area, municipalities and locations

The only area is called Walporzheim-Ahrtal, which consists of the only large Klosterberg site with a total of 43 individual layers. The winegrowing communities with their individual sites are:

List of vine varieties

There were no major changes compared to 2009. Although the Ahr valley is the northernmost German wine growing region, over four-fifths of red wine varieties are cultivated here. Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) dominates with two thirds of the total area. The supremacy is also underlined by the "Ahr-Red Wine Route" and the parallel "Red Wine Trail". The status 2018 (0 = less than 0.5 ha):

Grape variety
german Main name
In Germany
common synonyms
Colour Hectare
2018
%-
Ant
Hectare
2009
Pinot Noir
inclusive velvet red
Pinot Noir, Blauer S., Pinot Noir
Blue Pinot Noir clone Samtrot
red 368 65,4 343
Riesling White Riesling, Rhine Riesling white 46 8,2 44
Early Burgundy Blauer Frühburgunder, Clevner red 35 6,2 36
Regent - red 18 3,2 19
White Burgundy Pinot Blanc, Pinot Blanc white 18 3,2 10
Portuguese Blue Portuguese red 17 3,0 41
Müller-Thurgau Rivaner, Riesling-Sylvaner white 14 2,5 15
Dornfelder - red 10 1,8 17
Dominatrix - red 9 1,6 10
Ruländer Pinot Gris, Pinotgris white 8 1,4 3
Solaris - white 3 0,5 1
Acolone - red 2 0,4 3
Chardonnay - white 2 0,4 0
Dark fields - red 2 0,4 2
Blue Zweigelt Zweigelt, Rotburger red 1 0,2 1
Cabernet cortis - red 1 0,2 -
Cabernet Mitos - red 1 0,2 1
Cabernet Sauvignon - red 1 0,2 1
Dakapo - red 1 0,2 1
Johanniter - white 1 0,2 0
Kerner - white 1 0,2 2
Ortega - white 1 0,2 1
Rotberger - red 1 0,2 1
Blanc sauvignon - white 1 0,2 -
Seasoning - white 1 0,2 0
Cabernet Cubin - red 0 - -
Cabernet dorsa - red 0 - -
Cabernet franc - red 0 - 0
Cabertin - red 0 - -
Hegel - white 0 - 1
Huxelrebe - white 0 - 0
Merlot - red 0 - 1
Monarch - red 0 - -
Milling vine Black Riesling, Pinot Meunier red 0 - 0
Muscaris - white 0 - -
Neronet - red 0 - -
Palas - red 0 - 0
Pinotine - red 0 - -
Red traminer Traminer / Gewürztraminer white 0 - 0
Saint Laurent Saint Laurent red 0 - 0
Saphira - white 0 - -
Sauvignon gris - white 0 - -
Bacchus - white - - 0
otherwise. white varieties - white 0 - 1
otherwise. red varieties - red 0 - 1
WHITE TYPES 96 17,1 79
RED VARIETIES 467 82,9 478
TOTAL 563 100 557


Producers

In the community of Mayschoß, one of the oldest winegrowers' cooperatives in the world was founded in 1868 with the founding of the Mayschoß-Altenahr winegrowers' cooperative. Other well-known producers are Adeneuer, Ahrweiler Winzer-Verein eG, Ahr Winzer eG, Bertram Julia, Burggarten, Deutzerhof, Heiner & Kreuzberg, Jean Stodden, Kreuzberg, Kriechel Peter, Maibachfarm, Meyer-Näkel, Nelles Thomas, Riske Erwin, Riske Reinhold, Sermann-Kreuzberg, Weingut Sonnenberg and Weinmanufaktur Walporzheim. The German former chancellor Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) purchased his red wines from some of the wineries.

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