The sun is at home here. The Middle Rhine Valley is one of Germany’s warmest
regions. Rainfall is low here in the lee of the Hunsrück massif. The driest areas
are to be found between St. Goar and Lorch with only approx. 550 - 600 mm
annual precipitation. The warm temperatures and low rainfall are determining
factors for the Middle Rhine’s plant and animal life. The apple trees flower two or three weeks earlier here than in the higher lying regions of the Hunsrück and Taunus.
The topography of the Rhine Valley also influences the local climate in a special way: the steeply inclined landscape and the many south-facing slopes with high exposure to sun act as a heat reservoir. The dark slate intensifies this effect. The waters of the Rhine have an additional moderating and warming effect. This regulatory effect is particularly noticeable in autumn, winter and spring. White snow-covered scenes never last long on the Middle Rhine and in some years they never even put in an appearance. And even the frosts are never as severe here as in the nearby hills. This is therefore an ideal wine-growing area, and cherries, peaches, apricots, figs and kiwis all thrive here as well.