The Rheingau is one of the world's most renowned white wine regions. Eighty percent of the area's 3,000 hectares under vine are cultivated with Riesling, a density matched nowhere else in the world. Perhaps fitting, given that Riesling has grown here since at least 1435.
It should be noted that over 12 percent of the Rheingau’s vineyard space is planted with the noblest red wine variety, a prima donna known as Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). That grape has an even longer history in the Rheingau, with official documents mentioning it as early as 1107.
Alongside the traditional varieties, we also include several 'exotics' in our portfolio. Back in the 90s we planted rows of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc and remain thrilled with that decision.
A few years ago we also added Grüner Veltliner, Alvarinho and Merlot to our plantings. We did so not because it was trendy, but rather because we were captivated with the specific story behind each and every one of these varieties.