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The growing area is in Hessen in Germany between the rivers Neckar, Rhine and Main in the protection of the Odenwald on the western slope of the Odenwald. The vineyards cover 467 hectares of vineyards along the Rhine. The Romans already started wine-growing here and created the "Via strata montana" (mountain road). The first documentary mention was made in 755 regarding the donation of a vineyard in Heppenheim.
Climate and soil
The mild one climate On his return journey from the coronation in Frankfurt, Emperor Joseph II (1741-1790) made the exclamation: This is where Germany begins to become Italy . Due to early spring and late autumn there is a relatively long time growing season with the best sun exposure and enough rainfall, This results in optimal conditions for viticulture. The main wine communities are Heppenheim and Bensheim with mainly loess loam soils. Buntsandstein is only found on two small "islands" (Heppenheimer Steinkopf and Maiberg). Only in the northern area (e.g. Zwingenburg) do granite weathering soils occur occasionally.
Areas, municipalities and locations
The cultivation area is divided into the two areas Umstadt (Odenwald forest island) and Starkenburg , in three large locations and in 23 individual locations. The winegrowing communities with their individual layers:
There were no major changes compared to 2009. The white wine varieties dominate with almost 80%. Riesling is the undisputed leader with over 40%, followed by Ruländer (Grauburgunder). Status 2018 (0 = less than 0.5 ha):