The Drosselgasse in Rudesheim
is a major tourist draw for wine
lovers around the world.
If your idea
of Rhine wine is the exported version of Liebfraumilch, be prepared
to discover new tastes and aromas as you explore the range of
dry to sweet white wines that the Rheingau ("Rhine district") is famous for.
It was here
that the idea of harvesting grapes at different stages of ripeness
was first introduced. The longer the grapes hang on the wines,
the sweeter they become. The earlier harvests yield dryer, less
sweet wines while the grapes picked last, the Spätlese, are
sweeter. The Rheingau first made delicious sweet wines from grapes
with Botrytis Cinerea (noble rot).
little more than 20 miles long, is the smallest German wine growing
area. Yet this area of winding rivers, fairy tale castles, and
picture postcard villages framed by hillsides draped with grape
vines may be the most renowned of them all.
the Hock wines, wines from the Hochheim area, that were a favorite
of Queen Victoria. The Dom zu Köln, the awe inspiring Gothic
cathedral of Cologne, marks the beginning of this wine route.
The main grape varieties here are the Riesling and the Spätburgunder.
There are also a small number of Müller-Thurgau, Ehrenfelser,
Kerner and Weissburgunder vines. The grapes grow along the Rhine
River between the villages of Wiesbaden and Rudesheim.
are some reds produced here, the whites in the brown bottles are
the Rhine! By the Rhine! 'Tis here we grow our finest wine. - Matthäus Claudius
More information about Rhine wineries around the Web:
Rheingau (wine region) - Extensive overview from Wikipedia with information on grape varieties, geography, terroir and climate, and notable winemaking villages in the district with related photos, maps, references and resources.
Estates in the Rheingau - A report on the state of Riesling
wine making in the Rhinegau goes into detail on several of the
new winemaker's estates that are reaping rewards for their wine
making techniques and the delicious whites that result...