The winery Rappenhof is located in the center of the municipality Alsheim (area Nierstein) in the German wine-growing region Rheinhessen
, The name derives from the passion of the owners' ancestors for horse teams with fiery black horses. The origin of the farm dates back to 1604, when Hieronymus Hirsch, an ancestor of the present owner Klaus Muth, founded the winery. Klaus Muth took over after his law studies and viticultural practice in Australia and the United States, the leadership of the company in the 12th generation. Butler is Christian Hahn ( Geisenheim graduate
), the winemaker Hermann Muth is responsible for the outdoor operation.
The vineyards cover about 50 hectares of vineyards, including in the individual layers Fischer path
(Alsheim) Born path
(Gunter Blum), Tafelstein
(Ludwig height), Herrenberg
(Oppenheim), as well Mount of Olives
(Nierstein). They are 80% of the white varieties Riesling (50%), Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay (40%), and Müller-Thurgau, Sylvaner and Gewürztraminer (10%) planted. The 20% red wines are Pinot Noir (2/3), as well as Blue Portuguese, Dornfelder, Regent, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (1/3).
Through selective harvesting, only ripe and healthy grapes can be processed. The red wines ferment traditionally on the mash
, The expansion of Spätburgunderweine takes place mainly in 1,200-liter oak barrels and barrique. The white wines ferment temperature-controlled in the stainless steel tank. The wines are sorted and mostly dry. Besides that, too noble sweet Specialties offered back to vintage 1971. The product range is after the VDP classification model
divided into estate wines, local wines and large greenhouse. In addition to marketing in Germany, the wines are exported in Europe to Poland, Denmark, Sweden and Estonia, as well as to China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Canada. The winery is a member of VDP
(Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter) and im German Barrique Forum