Rheinhessen Wine


Rheinhessen, or Rhinehesse, is Germany’s largest and most productive wine region. The name, of course, derives from the Rhine river to its north, and it also touches the Nahe to the west. The Romans were the first to plant vines in the region. The Middle Ages brought the establishment of important religious towns such as Worms (where Martin Luther posted his famous edict), Bingen (of St. Hildegard fame), and Mainz, and members of the religious orders further expanded wine production. Worms in particular is famous for Liebfraumilch (Church of Our Lady), a semi-sweet wine produced at the Cathedral property since the 1800s. What began as a quality wine with a good reputation began over the years to spread all over the country, and with very little in the way of quality control. Let the Blue Nun flow! For this wine alone, for many years Rheinhessen wines were considered the ultimate plonk. Even American jug wines in this style were called “Rhine.” However, in recent years, producers Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Scheurebe

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Silvaner

      Grape: Silvaner Color: White Synonyms: Sylvaner, Gruner Silvaner Main Regions: Germany (Franke...

  • Dornfelder

    History of the grape: Dornfelder was created in 1955 by German oenologist August Herold at the Weinsberg wine institu...

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  • G&M Machmer

    Mit Liebe, Engagement & ökologischer Wirtschaftsweise werden wir dem Anspruch nach gesunder und b...

  • Nicolas

    This first NICOLAS stores, specializing in wines and spirits, opened their doors in the center of...

  • Weingut Louis Guntrum

    Founded in 1648 in the village of Wörrstadt, Louis Guntrum Estate today is run and operated by Lo...

  • Weingut Janz

    As a family estate the long lasting experience and the skills handed over from one generation to...

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  • Loosen Up Loosen Bros. Dornfelder 2011


    A tad on the sweet and syrupy side, with bright red cherries and some cotton candy. Medium to light body and medium to short finish. Reminds me a bit of a Nouveau Beaujolais but not as good. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Fritz Windisch Dornfelder Heimersheimer Rotenfels 2011


    Very sweet and full wine. My wife does not usually like red wines but drank a whole bottle to herself one day. That made me happy to find a wine she likes. Read More

    Wine review by jayburna688

  • Creation 3 Tenors Ta Dornfelder 2007


    I love the taste., Read More

    Wine review by Smooth lady

  • Schmitt Sohne Ice Wine 2012


    Almost a cordial, thick and sweet. Washes surprisingly clean which seems signature for Schmitt Söhne along with its Riesling. Impressive character if you're into white dessert wines. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis

  • P. J. Valckenberg Madonna Riesling Kabinett 2011


    Not a bad riesling but nothing too special either. Slightly sweet but not syrupy with just a hint of petrol on the nose and ever so slightly in the mouth. Ripe apricot, green apple and some ripe pear but could use a bit more acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Adolph Mueller Niersteiner Gutes Domtal Kabinett 2012


    This is the sort of wine that turns people against German wine. This wine was imported into the US by someone who had no idea what a good German wine is all about. It is priced like the better wines from Germany but it is a shadow of those wines. The nose is reminiscent of Muller Thurgau but is subdued. Sulfur dioxide is noticeable. Some floral ... Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • P.J. Valckenberg White Blend Auslese Madonna 2011


    Nice, semi-sweet German Auslese riesling. Not overly complex but nice apricot, honey and ripe peach. Some heft in the mouth with a bit of tongue coating. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Friedrich Daudistel 1008 Bacchus St. Johanner Abiel Qualitatsweinb. A. A.R.Nr. 4 365015001 99 Abfuller Rheinhessen Sibb Sweet 1998


    I have been enjoying this wine for almost 15 years. I bought a case in Germany in 1998 and just opened my last bottle. I will enjoy finishing this 15 year old wine tonight. Read More

    Wine review by georgebrace

  • Dr. Beckermann Auslese Rheinhessen 2012


    Pale golden color; a very light wine with hints of peach and citrusy; good acidity; aroma is not very complex but what a great value - got this for $5.49 at Trader Joe's Read More

    Wine review by wuwumi

  • Blue Nun Eiswein Pradikatswein 2008


    Had a friend of mine who went to Southern Germany get me this. Deep amber colour, beautifully golden. On the nose a strong bouquet of honey, lychee and pineapple. The magic however is in the taste, jammy and honeyed with a rather solid mouthfeel. Absolutely no hint or taste of grape rather a complex amalgamation of Pineapple, Lychee, Figs & Peac... Read More

    Wine review by jaywalia

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