Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Rheingau - what will I see and wine region facts

I have been looking forward to touring the Rheingau region. Some would say that it is the 2nd most reputable region in all of Germany. I will visit Deinhard, Henkell, Schloss Johannisberg, Montigny (in the Nahe), the Rudesheim wine festival,  Kloster Eberbach, Künstler and Joachim Flick.
-  Vineyard area of 3,100 ha
-  Located at 50* latitude and protected by the Taunus Hills
- soils are composed of a bit of 'this and a bit of that': slate, quartz, gravel, sand and loess
- The river Rhine takes an unusual turn from South to North and runs East to West. The vineyards are located on gradual slopes on the north side of the Rhine and therefore the vineyards receive Southern exposure.
- 80% of vineyards is Rielsing! 13% is Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)
-  to compare the Mosel and the Rheingau? Both areas have their uniqueness. Some Rheingau Riesling can show like a Mosel but in general I would say that the Rheingau has a little more body and fruit compared to the Mosel.
- and the BEST thing I found out, there is no more Erstes Gewachs! The Rheingau is now in line with the rest of Grosses Gewachs as of 2012....that one is for my Sommelier friends;)

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