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Rhine front

vineyards facing the Rhine (GB)

Popular name (also Rheinterrasse) for a part of the German growing area Rheinhessen, which, however, has no legal significance or authorization. It is thus the over two areas extending slopes on the left bank of the Rhine between the communities Nackenheim in the north (area Nierstein) and Worms in the south (area Wonnegau) named. The commonality lies in the sometimes extremely steep, south to southeast-facing slopes, as well as the proximity to Rhine, An essential part of the Rhine front is the "Red Hang" between Nackenheim and Nierstein. It is a five-kilometer long, barely 200-meter-wide area, which was created at the collapse of the Rhine ditch. The wind-protected, sunny hillside location brings particularly favorable conditions for early flowering and thus long growth cycle and maturity. The harvest of the Riesling grapes usually starts in late October to sometimes early November.

The special soils occurring there are called Rotliegendes designated. The red slates contain fossils and dinosaur traces. Here, particularly long-lived Rieslings grow, which differ by their silky character from those that grow on the blue-gray Devonian slate. Since the 19th century counted from here Beerenauslesen and Trockenbeerenauslese the most exquisite Dessert wines of the world. The red slopes include the individual layers brother mountain. Glöck. sacred tree. hipping. Kranzberg. Mount of Olives. Orbel. Pettenthal. Rothenberg (in part) and Castle Schwabsburg, Among the best known locations of the Rhine front outside the Red Hanging count Falkenberg and Tafelstein in the municipality of Dienheim, Engelberg in the community Nackenheim, as well Herrenberg and Sackträger in the community of Oppenheim. The major sites are Auflangen on the Niersteiner and Rehbach on the Nackenheim side.

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