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With only 427 hectares of vineyards least growing region Germany is nestled between the rivers Neckar, Rhine and Main in the protection of the Odenwald. The largest part extends along the Rhine. Already the Romans operated viticulture here and laid the "Via strata montana" (mountain road). The first written mention was made in 755 regarding the donation of a vineyard in Heppenheim. The mild climate caused Emperor Joseph II (1741-1790) on his return from the coronation in Frankfurt to euphoric exclamation: Here Germany begins to become Italy . The cultivation area is divided into the two areas Umstadt (Odenwälder Weininsel) and Starkenburg , in three major locations and in 23 individual locations. The viticulture communities with their individual layers:
Due to early spring and late autumn, there is a relatively long growing season with the best sunshine and enough rainfall, This results in optimal conditions for viticulture, especially Riesling. The main wine communities are Heppenheim and Bensheim with mainly loess clay soils. Buntsandstein is only available on two small "islands" (Heppenheimer Steinkopf and Maiberg). Only in the northern area (eg Zwingenburg) are occasional granite weathering soils.
There are just under 440 farms, of which around 150 cultivate only up to one hectare. Around 260 of these companies deliver their grapes to the two Winzergenossenschaften Vinum autmundis and Bergsträßer winegrower with a share of almost 60% of the total area. Noteworthy is the VINIVERSUM inaugurated in 2015 by the Bergsträßer winemakers with the adventure trail "wine and stone". Other producers are Hessian state vineyards. H. Freiberger and Simon-Bürkle, 80% dominate the white wine varieties. The status 2009 (0 = less than 0.5 ha,? = Numerical value unknown or secret for statistical-legal reasons):