Designation for after the growing region second largest vineyard unit in Germany, then follow behind Great location and Single Location, This designation was created with the Wine Law in 1971, to give larger producers the opportunity to market their wines produced in large quantities under a single name. The area is (as the situation also) controversial. Critics even speak of a consumer illusion, since the names are often very similar or even identical to those of individual layers. An extreme example of this is the only area Johannisberg in the Rheingau, which bears the same name as the most famous single location. Many quality-conscious winegrowers therefore do not lead the area or large-scale production at all label at.
The designation applies to several layers, from whose yields wines of similar flavor are produced and which are located in nearby communities of a growing area. Since 1989, the domain name only has to be preceded by the word "area" if the area name is identical or confusable with another geographical name. Currently, 40 areas are registered in the 13 growing areas. With nine areas lies the cultivation area to bathe at the top; Ahr. Near and Rheingau only have one. See also below origin as well as a list of all vineyard relevant keywords under vineyards,