Stahleck Castle at Bacharach, in
the heart of the Middle Rhine wine growing region.
This region, 'The Middle Rhine",
begins just below Bonn and reaches south for about 60 miles.
is a scenic region known for its steep, terraced vineyards covered
with Riesling, Müller-Thurgau and Kerners grape vines.
Like many other sections of the Rhine valley, the vine-covered hills are often crowned with castles and ruins
from historic battles that have been fought over this valuable stretch of real estate through the centuries.
The village of Bacharach (photo, above) has been the heart of the Middle Rhine since the Middle
Ages. Today, both banks of the peaceful Rhine River contribute grapes to the wines from this region.
Here, white wine grapes are more frequently grown than almost anywhere else in Germany.
The wine from the Middle Rhine -- from the clayish slate soil of the steep hills -- is fragrant,
with fruity overtones and high acidity which tends to produce
wines that age well such as the world famous Reislings of the region.
More information about Middle Rhine wines around the Web:
The Middle Rhine wine region - Take the virtual travel tour between Bingen and Bonn detailing the area's vineyards, grapes and terroir, including a guide to the Rhine cycle route and the Rhinesteig trail.
Region - A description of the area is followed by
the vital statistics... geography, climate, grapes varieties,
wine types and more. The standout section of this site is the
list of villages, Wein Orts, and the wineries you'll find in each.
Middle Rhine Valley - This section of the Rüdesheim
official site focuses on the Middle Rhine as a World Heritage
spot. Along with a discussion of the wines and the history of
the region, there are pictures and coverage of the area from a
tourism perspective. There is also a listing of wine growers in
the area with information on when they are open for public wine