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Mittelrhein Wine Region

Location
The Mittelrhein wine region is located mainly in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) with a little part stretching into the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen). It runs 72 miles (120 km) on both sides of the Rhine River between the cities of Bingen and Bonn.

Size
1,116 acres (452 hectares) - Germany's third smallest wine region.
775,840 gallons (29,370 hectoliters) of wine are produced annually in the Mittelrhein region (46.7% Prädikatswein; 51.9% Qualitätswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete, 1.4% Tafelwein). This accounts for 0.3% of the volume from Germany's entire wine region.

Climate & Geography
The Mittelrhein wine region has ideal conditions for grapes to thrive. Grapevines are planted primarily on split-level, steep hillsides to get maximum exposure to sunlight. The Rhine River keeps temperatures stable, keeping the region not-too-cold and not-too-hot.

Grape Varieties
The most important grape to the Mittelrhein region is by far the Riesling. Other important grapes include:
     
  Riesling 67.6%
  Spätburgunder 8.5%
  Müller-Thurgau 6.5%
  Kerner 5%
  Dornfelder 2%
  Scheurebe 2%
  (Statistics from DeutscheWeine.com)

Characteristics of the Mittelrhein Riesling
The Mittelrhein Riesling wine are crisp and fragrant. They are fruity, acidic, and have mineral undertones.

History
Wine production in this region dates back to the time of the Romans.




Mittelrhein Wine Region


Mittelrhein
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