This region is Germany’s most northern Anbaugebiete, and at the same time the only region in which there is more red wine made than white. Only the Anbaugebiete of Hessische Bergstrasse is smaller than the Ahr. The vineyards of the region are located along both banks of the Ahr until it joins the Rhein at the city of Bonn.

About 32% of the Ahr vineyards are planted with Spätburgunder, and 28% with Portugieser. The red wines of the region are typically light and fruity in the nose and palate. Most of the wines of the region are consumed locally.

The Anbaugebiete, Bereiche, and villages of the region include:

-          Walporzheim

-          Bad Neuenahr

-          Remagen


This Anbaugebiete is one of the most important ones of Germany and it carries a rich history of excellent wine making. And it still produces one of the world’s most aristocratic wines.

All of the vineyards in this region are situated on the northern side of the Rhein and the Taunus hills on the north protect the region from any harm done by precipitation and harsh winds. Of the total amount of vineyards in the Rheingau Anbaugebiete, 78% is planted with Riesling, 11% with Müller-Thurgau and 9% accounts for Sylvaner. There are also some red varieties grown in the region. The Rhein serves as a buffer for the temperature and it helps for protection against frost, it also increases the humidity in the ripening season in autumn. This is key to developing Edelfäule that gives the special wines their character. Sols of the western part of the Rheingau are mostly slate rock on steep slopes, these soils develop into red schistous consistency as it comes nearer to Rüdesheim. When we go to the east of the region, we find more Löss and Quartzite soils that are best represented by the vineyards of Schloss Johannisberg.

In the region of Rheingau, there are twenty-eight villages, most of these are classic names that are well-known to connoisseurs of the German wines. Although it has ten Grosslagen and more than a hundred Einzellagen, there is only one Bereich. This Bereich is called Johannisberg.

A village that produces aromatic white wines in the upper slopes of the Rheingau, is Rauenthal. It is a bit north of Eltville. Superior vineyards of the region include Baiken, Langenstück and Wülfen. Also, the villages of Kiedrich and hallgarten produce fine white wines.

When we go along the riverbanks of the Rhein, we find the village of Erbach, situated near Hattenheim. It is between these two villages where the famous vineyard of Marcobrunn is situated. This originates from the German word for Boundary Fountain, being Marcobrunnen. There often was debate about whether the wines were real Hattemheimers or Erbachers. This was ended in 1971, when the German government made the Marcobrunn an Erbach wine. Hattenheim consoles itself with the classic Steinberg vineyards that were created by Cistercian monks in the twelfth century. The wines from these vineyards are one of the best in the country, and it will remain to be a Hattenheimer. A bit up north, we find the Abbey of Kloster Eberbach, it is 850 years old and a monument in property of the West German state together with Steinberg.

Schloss Vollrads is one of the most highly revered estates of the Rheingau, it is situated near the village of Winkel. The wines are elegant with a fruity tartness in the palate that is distinctive to the style of the  estate.

The absolute most glorious plot of vineyards belongs to Schloss Johannisberg, the vineyards extend from the plot in front of the Schloss, to eventually the riverbanks of the Rhein. The wines that are produced here, are amongst one of the most expensive of Germany, they yield luscious white wines. Schloss Johannisberg identifies the different grades of wine with a different colour, to seal off the top of the cork. The Schloss has been in the Metternich family ever since Napoleonic time. Both Schloss Vollrads and Johannisberg are allowed to label their bottles with the name of the estate, vineyard site is not needed. What is also located in the Rheingau Anbaugebiet, is Geisenheim, home to Dr. Helmut Becker, a centre for studying enology and viticulture and research.

In the west of the region, we find Rüdesheim, the vineyards here are terraced into steep slopes on the Rüdesheimer Berg. The soils are rather poor and they yield wines with a rich colour, body and flavour. The most notable of these are the Einzellagen Bischofsberg, Berg Roseneck, Berg Rottland and Berg Schlossberg.

To the extreme west of the region, we have the village of Assmannshausen, and it is here where Spätburgunder is grown for more than half of the there cultivated vines. And it is these wines that are amongst one of the most important of Germany.

The Anbaugebiete, Bereiche, and villages of the region include:

-          Johannisberg

-          Assmansshausen

-          Eltville

-          Geisenheim

-          Hallgarten

-          Hattenheim

-          Hochheim

-          Kiedrich

-          Oestrich

-          Marcobrunn

-          Rauenthal

-          Rüdesheim

-          Winkel