The eponymous region in the state Rheinland-Pfalz also gave the largest growing area Germany his name. It has no geographical reference to the state of Hesse, but the name derives from the existing from 1816 to 1919 historical affiliation of the area as the province of Rheinhessen of the Grand Duchy of Hesse. With a total of 26,480 hectares, Rheinhessen is the largest growing area, which is about one fifth of the Rheinhessen region. Over 6,000 winegrowers produce more than 2.5 million hectoliters of wine per year from around 120 million vines. It is one of the most traditional German wine-growing areas, in which many finds occupied already before the turn of the century wine was grown. Among other things, an old water pipe in the municipality Ingelheim testifies of the Roman viticulture.
In Nierstein is located with the already mentioned in 742 documentary single location Glöck the oldest vineyard in Germany. Emperor Charlemagne (742-814) had a Palatinate there (palace complex) and remarked according to the legend on a Rhine trip the excellent suitability for vineyards. He promoted viticulture here by working in the Rhine valley forests clear and instead created vineyards. From the year 1546 comes one of the first references to the Riesling, because the German botanist Hieronymus buck (1498-1554) writes of a "Rissling growing on the Moselle / Rhine and in Wormbs" . At that time Rheinhessen was considered the "wine cellar of Europe".
A description about the rhine hessian viticulture without mention of the Liebfraumilch would be incomplete. It became popular from the middle of the 19th century, stood for a long time for excellent quality and was one of the best and most expensive German wines. But then he became a cheap, mostly sweet to sweet vinified mass wine which was exported to all world. One of the main varieties is Müller-Thurgau, the most successful German new breed, which had more than a third share in Rheinhessen in 1970. This has more than halved since then, but the variety is still at the top. From the early 1960s, many of these new varieties were cultivated, especially in Rheinhessen and reached a share of 40% until 1980. However, this development is declining again in favor of the classic grape varieties such as Riesling, Silvaner and Burgunder varieties. By the way, in Alzey there is a regional vine growing establishment, where the vines cultivator Georg Shy (1879-1949) worked.
Rheinhessen is located on the left bank of the large Rhine knee between the towns Bingen. Mainz and Worms in the form of a giant triangle. The Rhine limits the area to the north and east. Due to the hilly nature of the landscape, it is also referred to as the "land of the 1,000 hills". The soils consist mainly of loess, as well as sand, marl, limestone, clay, Rotliegend, brown earth, quartzite and porphyry. The climatic conditions for viticulture are optimal. Under the protection of Odenwald and Taunus there are mild average temperatures between 9.4 (Alzey) to 10.4 ° Celsius (Worms). The low-precipitation area with warm summers and mild winters is one of the warmest German growing areas with 1,600 hours of sunshine per year.
Rheinhessen is one of the driest areas in Central Europe. Except in the southwest, annual precipitation is only 550 millimeters on average. However, the loess cover, which is prevalent in wide areas up to 15 meters deep, and the marl and clay soils prevent dry damage due to a good water balance. The vineyards on the banks of the Rhine are often called Rhine front designated. Of the 136 communities, 120 end up as "home" and only four do not cultivate wine in their own district.
The cultivation area Rheinhessen is divided into three areas Bingen, Nierstein and Wonnegau with a total of 24 major locations and 434 individual locations. The northwest lying area named after the city Bingen is divided into the six major cities Abtey, Adelberg, Kaiserpfalz, Kurfürstenstück, Rheingrafenstein and St. Rochuskapelle. Well-known vineyards with their individual layers are:
The area lying in the northeast Nierstein extends to the already 38 v. Founded Roman town Mainz, Center is the so-called Rhine front from Nackenheim to Schwabsburg. Here extend at the famous Red Hang the most impressive and best Steillagen Rheinhessen with the eponymous red slate floors (Rotliegend). The area Nierstein is subdivided into the 11 Großlagen Auflangen, Canon, Gut Domtal, Güldenmorgen, Toad Fountain, Petersberg, Rehbach, Rheinblick, Sankt Alban, Spiegelberg and Vogelsgärten. Well-known vineyards with their individual layers are:
The Wonnegau area in the south around the Luther city of Worms is one of the warmest and driest areas in Germany. There are calcareous, often heavy clay soils. The area is subdivided into the seven major locations Bergkloster, Burg Rodenstein, Domblick, Gotteseshilfe, Liebfrauenmorgen, Pilgerpfad and Sybillenstein. Well-known vineyards with their individual layers are:
The grape variety has changed significantly in the last ten years. The proportion of red wines has increased from 22% to 31%, which is in line with the national trend. There are four dominant grape varieties with relatively small shares compared to other growing areas. While Müller-Thurgau is still at the top, the proportion has fallen by around 1,000 hectares from 20% to 16%. There was more growth in the varieties Dornfelder around 1,300 hectares (8% to 13%) and Riesling also by 1,300 hectares (10% to 15%). Grape variety status 2009 (0 = less than 0.5 ha):
| vine |
German main name
| In Germany |
|colour|| hectare |
| % - |
|Riesling||White Riesling, Rhine Riesling||White||3887||14.7|
| Green Silvaner |
|Sylvaner, Sylvaner||White|| 2462 |
| 9.3 |
| Pinot Noir |
|Pinot Noir, Blue S., Pinot Noir||red||1344||5.1|
|Ruländer||Pinot gris, Pinot Gris||White||1170||4.4|
|White Burgundy||Pinot Blanc, Pinot Blanc||White||913||3.5|
|Saint Laurent||St. Laurent||red||302||1.1|
|Red Traminer||Traminer / Gewurztraminer||White||148||0.6|
|Frühburgunder||Blue Frühburgunder, Clevner||red||83||0.3|
|Müllerrebe||Meunier, Pinot Meunier||red||81||0.3|
| Yellow Muscat |
|muscatel / Muscat Blanc||White|| 22 |
| 0.1 |
|Limberger / Lemberger||Blaufränkisch, Blue Limberger||red||11||-|
|Trollinger||Blue Trollinger, Schiava Grossa||red||7||-|
|malmsey||Frühroter Veltliner, Formerly red||White||4||-|
| White Gassedel |
|Chasselas, Gutedel||White|| 1 |
| - |
|Blue Zweigelt||Zweigelt, Rotburger||red||1||-|
|teinturier||Teinturier du Cher||red||0||-|
|otherwise. white varieties||-||White||39||0.1|
|otherwise red varieties||-||White||12||-|
Known producers in the region Rheinhessen are Bacchushof. Battenfeld-Spanier. Becker Georg Jakob. Becker Gernot. Becker Landgrave. Becker Marco. Bischel Hartmut. Braunewell. Brothers Becker. Bunn Lisa. Ch. W. Bernhard. Cistercian winery Michel. Dackermann. Dautermann. Domhof Baumann. Domtalhof. Dreissigacker. Dr. Heyden. Erbeldinger. Espenhof. Protestant Church of Hesse and Nassau. Flick winemaker family. Gehring Theo. Horny Helmut. Horny - Römerhof. Goehring Wilfried. Grosse Friedrich. Groh Heinrich. Gröhl. Gunderloch. Gutzler Gerhard. Gysler Alexander. Hauck Heinz-Günter. Heinz Franz Josef. Hemer Stefan & Andreas. Hemmes Frank. Heyl to Herrnsheim. Hiestand Erich. Hildegardishof. Hirschhof. Hofmann Jürgen. Huff-Doll. Huff Fritz Ekkehard. Hunter Armin. J. Neus. Johanninger. Julius Georg. Julius Wasem - Rodensteiner Hof. struggle. Keller Klaus. Keth Georg Jakob & Matthias. Kissinger. Knewitz. Knobloch Klaus. Koehler Axel. Kreichgauer. Kruger-Rumpf. Kühling-Gillot. Landgraf. Laubenstein Wilhelm. Liebfrauenstift. Louis Guntrum.
Manz Erich. May Karl. Meiser Frank. Mertz. Milk Karl-Hermann. Müller Axel. Neef-Emmich. Nehrbaß. Neumer Jacob. Economist Johann Geil I. Erben. Oswald Volker. Pauser Friedrich. Peth Wolfgang & René. Pfannebecker. Posthof Doll and Göth. Prince Salm. Racke. Raddeck Stefan. Rappenhof. Reh Kendermann. Rheinterrassenhof. Riffel. Sander. Sandwiese. Schatz Kai. Schembs Arno. Scherner-Kleinhanß. Castle Westerhaus. Schmitt Daniel. Tailor Georg Albrecht. Schwahn-Fehlinger. Seebrich. Seehof Ernst Fauth. Spewed Uwe. Spohr. Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Oppenheim. St. Antony. Steitz Christian. Strub Walter. Villa baths. Wagner-Stempel. Walldorf-Pfaffenhof. Changer Katharina. Weinreich. Weitzel Eckhard. Winter Stefan. Wittmann Philipp and Wurtz-Königsmühle, A well-known winegrower association is Message in a Bottle,