Mittelrhein

Introduction

The Mittelrhein offers dramatic views of steep slate cliffs crowned with medieval castles and riverbanks adorned with charming villages. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2002. This area is also called “the Rhine Gorge.”

Statistics

Major Town: Koblenz, Boppard, Oberwesel, Bacharach, Bingen

Districts: 2

Collective Sites: 10

Individual Sites: 92

Vineyard Area: 469

Terroir

Climate

– Long sun hours
– Optimal wind protection from hills
– The Rhine River acts as heat-reflecting surface, and the Rhine Valley enables mild airflow into the region
– Infrequent hard frosts

Soil

The clayish slate soil yields lively wines with a pronounced acidity.

Top soil types:
Clayish slate
Greywacke

Terrain

Situated between Bonn and Bingen and spanning 100km on both sides of the Rhine, the Mittelrhein vineyards are protected by steep stony hills and narrow valleys. It is a beautiful region of steep, terraced vineyards, lush landscapes, and rocky peaks.

Varietals

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