Rheingau Region

  • Rheingau landscape near the villages Hattenheim and Eberbach
    Rheingau landscape near the villages Hattenheim and Eberbach
    Photo Credit: Flickr/Romtomtom

The Rheingau (/rīn-gouw/) wine region spans a little less than 30 miles from East to West along the north bank of the Rhein River roughly between the cities of Mainz and Bingen, Germany. It is shielded from cold northern winds by a small mountain range and benefits from south facing slopes overlooking the river to catch as much sunlight as possible. The extremely wide breadth of the Rhein River in this region allows the vineyards to benefit from extra sunlight that is reflected from the river. The soil in the Rheingau region is full of slate (“schiefer”/shee-fur/), sandstone (“sandstein”/zahnt-shtīn/), and granite which imbibes the mineral tones characteristic for Rheingau wine. The Rheingau region of Germany is one of Germany’s thirteen wine growing regions officially recognized by German law and the European Economic Community (“anbaugebiete”/on-bou-gi-bēt-ǝ/). The Rheingau region, like the Mosel, is particularly famous for its riesling which dominates the plantings at almost 80%. In the Rheingau, however, Germans also value its spätburgunder. The Rheingau region is one of the most famous wine regions of Germany and within the Rheingau region, Hattenheim is a very famous wine village. Weingut Hans Bausch is an acclaimed winery from Hattenheim.