As the Rhein River continues to flow downstream towards the Netherlands, the Mittelrhein region is the immediate wine region following the Rheingau region. The Mittelrhein is the second smallest (by 10 hectares!) of Germany’s thirteen wine growing regions that are officially recognized by German law and the European Economic Community (“anbaugebiete”/on-bou-gi-bēt-ǝ/). Along with the Rheingau, the Mittelrhein shares one of the most scenic and castle-rich treks of road in all of Europe. If you are ever fortunate enough to drive along this stretch of the mighty Rhein River you will see castles and other picturesque villages and buildings around each bend of the Rhein. The Mittelrhein region begins where the Rheingau ends near Bingen and continues along the Rhein River well past Koblenz, where it intersects the Mosel region, to Bonn.
Like in the Rheingau, riesling is the dominant grape varietal planted in the Mittelrhein by a very wide margin. Of all the Mittelrhein vineyard tracts, there is a very famous one along a strip in the Rhein where it runs straight east, the Bopparder Hamm. The winery Matthias Müller holds acreage in those very same tracts and is considered by many to be the finest winery in the Mittelrhein. Gault & Millau declared it the best winery in the Mittelrhein in 2013 and also German Winery of the Year in 2012. You can see the different cross sections of the soil beneath the different slopes of the Bopparder Hamm when you visit Matthias Müller’s tasting room in their new cellar.