Name for the after growing region second largest vineyard unit in Germany, then follow behind Great location and Single Location, This designation was created with the 1971 Wine Act to give larger producers the opportunity to market their wines produced in large quantities under a uniform name. The area is controversial (as is the large location). Critics even speak of a consumer deception, 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 manage the area or large location at all label on.
The designation applies to several locations, the yields of which are used to produce wines of the same taste and which are located in neighboring communities in a growing region. Since 1989, the area name must only be preceded by the word "area" if the area name is identical or confusable with another geographical name. 40 areas are currently registered in the 13 growing regions. The cultivation area lies with nine areas to bathe at the top; Ahr. Near and Rheingau have only one. See also under ancestry and a list of all vineyard-relevant keywords under vineyards,