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An A to Z of wine-growing regions
The Ahr wine region

Welcome to the Ahr wine-making region, renowned for its red wines

The Ahr river twists and turns its way through a rocky landscape where lush vineyards cling to the bare stone. The ancient Romans appreciated the favourable climate of this wild, romantic valley, and were the first to cultivate grapes there. As well as pinot noir, the queen of the red grapes, the region's specialities include the equally prized, early-ripening pinot madeleine. Great effort is required to product top wines on the steep slopes above the Ahr river, but it is more than repaid by the high quality of the wines.

Regional characteristics

Area under vine and grape varieties

Soil types


Growers and cooperatives


Highlights from the wine region

Welcome to Steinheuers Zur Alten Post in Heppingen. Regional, rustic cuisine is available in the Poststuben country inn, and on the terrace in fine weather. We serve gourmet dishes in Zur Alten Post, which ranks among the top ten restaurants in Germany. The hotel offers exclusive suites, double rooms and a lounge area, plus a bar for aperitifs, cigars and after-dinner drinks.

The very first winegrowers' cooperative was established in Mayschoss on the Ahr river. Eighteen vintners got together on 20 December 1869 to set up the first wine cooperative in the history of viticulture. Today, it has 420 members who grow grapes in an area of 121 hectares. Sixty per cent of the land is planted with pinot noir and forms part of the Ahr red wine region, while 20 per cent is planted with riesling vines.

This former Augustinian convent near Dernau was once the oldest abbey on the Ahr river. Marienthal Abbey was established in 1137 and the nuns certainly had a hard life. The convent's records speak of legal disputes and troubles with neighbouring communities, and the nearby river was prone to flooding.

Wine and sekt from the Ahr region are the centrepieces in Ahrweiler market square, where more than 200 wines grown in vineyards from Altenahr to Heppingen are ready to be poured. This wine festival has been a firm fixture in the Ahr region for years. Its special atmosphere, excellent music and entertainment, and outstanding setting attract the crowds. It culminates in the coronation of the new Ahr wine queen.

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