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An A to Z of wine-growing regions
The Rheingau wine region, Eberbach Abbey

The Rheingau wine region: pure zest for life

The main grape varieties grown in the Rheingau are riesling and pinot noir. The Rheingau has a long tradition of wine-making, started by the abbeys many centuries ago. This reputation opened the doors to all the big stately homes for the Rheingau wineries as suppliers of premium vintages. The Rheingau also enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide as the home of the Centre for Viticulture and Oenology in Geisenheim.

Regional characteristics

Area under vine and grape varieties

Soil types

Climate

Growers and cooperatives

Character

Highlights from the wine region

The Rheinsteig Trail makes its way along the Rhine from Wiesbaden to Bonn, passing a succession of historical castles, cliffs, vineyards and fixed-rope routes.


Tip: Loreley, St. Goarshausen

The mysterious Loreley and her fabled rock high above the Rhine valley have always captivated people travelling along the river. The visitor centre retraces the steps of the first tourists to the Rhine, taking a look at the history, culture, nature and legends surrounding the Loreley.


At a glance:

  • Starts: Wiesbaden
  • Ends: Bonn
  • Length: 320km
  • Number of stages: 21
  • Altitude variation: ascent 11,500m, descent 11,500m
  • Terrain: 45% unmade, 15% asphalt, 40% other, e.g. farm tracks

Hotel and winery run by the Schönleber family in Oestrich-Winkel in the Rheingau. Wine and sparkling sekt from our own vineyards are served in the wine bar. We have 17 well-appointed guest rooms and there is parking right outside the hotel. The wine-growing estate has won numerous prizes for its wines and sekt, which is made in on site using in-bottle fermentation (méthode champenoise).

The art of wine-making has been practised for centuries at Eberbach Abbey near Eltville in the Rheingau. Thanks to its wines, the abbey quickly developed into one of Germany's biggest, most influential monasteries. The pinot noir grapes that the monks brought with them from Burgundy became the first major export from the Rheingau wine region.

The historical crane, part of the local wine heritage, is the signature attraction of Oestrich-Winkel, a wine town and cultural centre. This early example of technology used for loading and unloading wine from ships is housed in a dark-panelled building on the banks of the Rhine. For 350 years, Oestrich was the site of the Elector's central office and crane, so it was from here that barrels of Rheingau wine were shipped around the world.

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Events

The Rheingau Music Festival presents a series of fantastic concerts ranging from serious music to sophisticated entertainment, covering virtually every era, style and genre along the way. 

The 150-plus concerts that take place at around 40 venues in the Rheingau wine region are attended by over 120,000 visitors. The venues, located between Wiesbaden and Lorch, include palaces, churches, abbeys, wine estates and the river Rhine itself.

Upcoming dates:

22.06.2019 - 31.08.2019

Venue

Schloss Vollrads, Seebühne
Vollradser Allee
65375 Oestrich-Winkel

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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