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Rheinhessen is the largest wine-growing area in Germany with approx. 26,500 hectares of vineyards. It lies to the left of the Rhine loop between Bingen am Rhein and Worms, and extends west as far as the Nahe and Alsenz rivers. Despite its name, which has historical origins, today Rheinhessen is part of the federal state of Rhineland- Palatinate.
The shelter of the Hunsrück, Taunus, Odenwald and Donnersberg hills makes Rheinhessen one of the warmest and driest regions in Germany, creating mild climatic conditions that are very favourable to wine cultivation.
Rheinhessen is the most important growing area for Müller-Thurgau, also called Rivaner. This very popular grape variety produces dry, light white wines often distinguished by a delicate fruity Muscat aroma. The aging process normally takes place in stainless steel tanks which retain the freshness and characteristic nose of the grape.
If labelled as Rivaner, it is a dry, light, rather youthful wine. Müller-Thurgau wines go particularly well with light, aromatic dishes.
Rheinhessen Region: www.rheinhessen.de