A Short Wine Compendium

Grape Varieties - White and red

Riesling dominates the UNESCO World Heritage Valley, but that doesn’t mean

that there aren’t other varieties that also thrive on the slopes between Bingen

and Koblenz. In the hands of experienced wine-makers they, too, are nurtured

to maturity and go on to produce excellent wines. The spectrum is wide and includes a good selection of both red and white wines. The white grape varieties are Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, Weissburgunder (pinot blanc) and Grauburgunder (pinot gris), whilst the red collection comprises Spätburgunder

(pinot noir), Dornfelder and Blauer Portugieser. Each of the wine growers along the Rhine has his own, individual mix of varieties, dictated by his personal preferences and his terroir.

Wein an der Loreley
Wine at the Loreley

Riesling - The shining star of Middle Rhine wines

Riesling accounts for about 70 per cent of the wine grown on the Middle Rhine.

The most noble of German grape varieties thrives on the steep slate vineyards.

It doesn’t bud until late spring and is also late to ripen at harvest time. A ‘golden October’ can still give it additional strength and sweetness when other varieties are already well on their way to fermentation. Riesling shows good resistance to drought and is thus particularly suited to the well-drained, heat-retaining slate soils. The climate and soils here combine to give the Riesling a special terroir - its very own calling card, with a dazzling array of individual facets. Apple and peach aromas give Riesling its fruity character. The wines will captivate you with their complexity: classy and opulent, dry, fruity and lively with a noticeable acidity that

will tantalise your taste buds.