Rheingau Wine

The Rheingau is a major German wine-producing region that is located along the Rhine and Main rivers. It is considered by some to be the home of the Riesling grape. Indeed, that grape is often referred to as “Johannisberg Riesling” in other countries, after the Rheingau village of the same name.

In 1983, several top Rheingau estates, seeing that the poor dry wines that were commonly sold at the time may threaten their own superior wines, created the Association of Charta. Any wine bearing the organization’s double-arch symbol is subject to extremely high standards and must be dry.

Pinot Noir was brought to the Rheingau at about the same time that Clos Vougeot was being founded in Burgundy -- during the Middle Ages. To this day, many examples from the Rheingau are world class.

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  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Weingut Heinz Nikolai

    Das Weinanbaugebiet Rheingau nimmt durch seine tausendjährige Tradition und seine paradiesische L...

  • Freiherr Langwerth von Simmern

    Beholden to Tradition. The history of the Barons Langwerth von Simmern at the Rheingau dates back...

  • August Kesseler

    The August Kesseler estate stands for an equal cooperation within the team, everyone having his o...

  • Franz Künstler

    Of the three grape varieties cultivated by Künstler, the main one by far is Riesling. Only the wa...

  • Georg Breuer

    Breuer is one of the stars of the Rheingau. His clear quality led philosophy and emphasis on dry ...

  • Weingut Johannishof

    Wine-growing can be traced back in the family in old documents to the year 1685. The origin of th...

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  • Balthasar Ress Riesling Rheingau 2011

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    This is a lower entry by Balthasar Ress but grapes are still likely sourced from Hattenheim or environs (just a guess). The nose is citrus (lime) with apple sauce and a hint of matchstick; on the palate the wine is juicy, with a hint of icing sugar, balanced by grapefruit-like juicy acidity. Very well made, with good pH balance. Excellent valu... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Of course, there are so many great whites for the summer (or winter for that ... little Hattenheimer (Rheingau) wine that I would recommend you all stock up on - unless you want to fall asleep on high alcohol alternatives.  Both the 2010 and 2011 vintages should be available throughout North America.  The wine is:Balthasar Ress Hattenheimer Sc... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Summer White Quest


  • Balthasar Hattenheimer Schuetzenhaus Riesling Kabinett 2011

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    This Hattenheim Rheingau producer has come up with a beauty... affordable, delicious, well-balanced and elegant with an enticing gooseberry, musk and lime nose and a refreshing, bright acidity countered by just the right amount of residual sugar on the palate. This is German Riesling at its best in both quality and price from a good vintage. You... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Freiherr Langwerth Von Simmern Riesling Qba Andrea 2007

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    This is a rich QbA. Pretty fruit and moderately extracted. Nice perfume and apple nose. Very enjoyable. Nice finish. My rating -- 89. Has more fruit that any Feinherb. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • Freiherr Langwerth Von Simmern Riesling Kabinett Feinherb 2008

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    One of the better Feinherbs. Nice fruit, nearly dry but could use more complexity and richness. My rating 87. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • J. Koegler Spatlese Eltville 2006

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    This little known winery in the Rheingau has produced a real winner. This rich Riesling spatlese has honey and mineral notes and is obviously botrytis affected. Nice complexity and perfect acid balance. It finishes a bit short once the bottle has been opened awhile, suggesting limited storage life. Drink by 2015. A delicious wine. Available in t... Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko


  • I started producing my own high - end sparkling wine after terminating my involvement with a Rheingau - based winery.Over the course of six years I in my funktion as managing director developed the winery to a premium manufacturer of steep slope Riesling wines. Sparkling wine has always been my passion and therefore the decision to build my new ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Balthasar Ress Riesling Trocken Von Unserm 2010

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    Shy on the nose with lightly stony notes over peach pit and wildflower aromas that have a slight green herb edge.This starts out a bit. tight, acid driven and lean on entry though it gains weight and power in the mouth. The texture really is quite fine showing richness without sweetness on the mid-palate while delivering some lovely walnut infle... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Edition Maximilian Riesling Spätlese 2009

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    Golden straw hue, aromas of dried flowers and stone fruits; restrained fruit notes of white peach, apple and orange honey with a lingering sweetness across a thin body. Probably best with spicy Asian foods. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • Hans Lang Riesling Trocken 2009

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    The nose showed lemon and lime zests with a floral breeze and hints of green stems. On the palate, it was intense but very juicy with spiced florals and lemon, which turned softer toward the close. It finished dry yet still mouth-watering and citrusy fresh. This was a remarkably balanced and enjoyable Riesling that continued to blossom throug... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


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