The Rappenhof winery is located in the center of the municipality of Alsheim (Nierstein area) in the German wine-growing region Rheinhessen
, The name is derived from the passion of the owner's ancestors for horse teams with fiery black horses. The origin of the farm goes back to 1604 when Hieronymus Hirsch, an ancestor of the current owner Klaus Muth, founded the winery. After completing his law degree and practical experience in viticulture in Australia and the USA, Klaus Muth took over the management of the business in the 12th generation. Cellar master is Christian Hahn ( Geisenheim graduate
), the winemaker Hermann Muth is responsible for the external operation.
The vineyards cover around 50 hectares of vineyards, including in individual locations Fischer path
(Alsheim) Born path
(Gunter Blum), Tafelstein
(Ludwig height), Herrenberg
(Oppenheim), as well Mount of Olives
(Nierstein). They are planted to 80% with the white varieties Riesling (50%), Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay (40%), as well as Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner and Gewürztraminer (10%). The 20% red wine varieties are Pinot Noir (2/3), as well as Blauer Portugieser, Dornfelder, Regent, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (1/3).
Selective harvesting means that only ripe and healthy grapes are processed. The red wines traditionally ferment on the mash
, The Pinot Noir wines are mostly aged in 1,200 liter wooden barrels and in barriques. The white wines ferment in a temperature-controlled manner in the stainless steel tank. The wines are sorted by type and mostly dry. Besides that, too noble sweet Specialties offered back to vintage 1971. The product range is after VDP classification model
divided into estate wines, local wines and large wines. In addition to marketing in Germany, the wines are exported to Poland, Denmark, Sweden and Estonia in Europe, as well as to China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Canada. The winery is a member of VDP
(Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter) and in German barrique forum