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Rhine front

vineyards facing the Rhine (GB)

Popular name (also Rheinterrasse) for part of the German growing area Rheinhessen which has no meaning or justification under wine law. The slopes on two sides of the Rhine between the municipalities of Nackenheim in the north (Nierstein area) and Worms in the south (Wonnegau area) are named. The commonality lies in the sometimes extremely steep slopes facing south to southeast, as well as the proximity to the Rhine, An essential part of the Rhine front is the "red slope" between Nackenheim and Nierstein, It is a five-kilometer-long, barely 200-meter-wide area that was created when the Rhine trench collapsed. The sheltered, sunny hillside brings particularly favorable conditions for an early vine bloom and thus long growth cycle and ripening time. The harvest of the Riesling grapes usually begins in late October to sometimes early November.

Rhine front - red slope near Nierstein

The special soils occurring there are called Rotliegendes designated. Fossils and dinosaur traces can be found in the red slate slabs. Particularly long-lived Rieslings grow here, which differ in their silky character from those that grow on the blue-gray Devonian slate. Those pressed from here have been counting since the 19th century Beerenauslesen and Trockenbeerenauslese among the most exquisite Dessert wines of the world. The individual layers count towards the red slope brother mountain. Glöck. sacred tree. hipping. Kranzberg. Mount of Olives. Orbel. Pettenthal. Rothenberg (in part) and Schwabsburg Castle, The most famous locations on the Rhine front outside the Red Slope include Falkenberg and Tafelstein in the community of Dienheim, Engelberg in the municipality of Nackenheim, as well Herrenberg and Sackträger in the municipality of Oppenheim. The major locations are Auflangen on the Niersteiner and Rehbach on the Nackenheimer side.

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