Rhine-Hesse: Cheers to the Hiwwel!

Where could be more gorgeous than this? On the bend in the Rhine between Bingen, Mainz, Worms and Alzey lies the land of a thousand hills (which are called Hiwwel here); with its sun-drenched vineyards it is the largest wine-growing area in Germany. And one of the best.

Snuggled up in the sheltered lee of the Hunsrück and Palatinate, Rheinhessen is one of the sunniest and driest areas in Central Europe. It’s no wonder the wine thrives especially here. And it has done so for thousands of years. The oldest German vineyard is the Niersteiner Glöck. It is one of the famous locations on the Red Slope. Its iron-rich red clay and sandstone was created more than 250 million years ago, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth.

Wine is not only grown here but also tasted, enjoyed and celebrated. The best way to find out how the people of Rheinhessen do it and how their wine tastes is at any of the numerous open-air wine festivals. Or you can do a wine tasting directly at the winegrower – whether Riesling, Silvaner or Pinot Noir, or from loess, sand, marl or limestone – you’re sure to find a wine here that you like.

The people of Rheinhessen love their wine. Even on the lovely circular hiking trails through the wine region on the hilly tours mentioned here, you’ll usually find a spot on the way to take a break, a cottage where you can serve yourself the local wine, a wine bar or a cultivated vineyard.

The Klausenberg Chapel near Worms surrounded by an idyllic wine landscape, Rhine-Hesse

The Klausenberg Chapel near Worms surrounded by an idyllic wine landscape, Rhine-Hesse

Golden tip

Worth gold

The Funzelfahrt. This is what the people of Rheinhessen call their wine tasting tour. With a friendly bunch of people, you’re on the road in a covered wagon through the vineyards, as you taste the most delicious wine, enjoy the view and find out all kinds of interesting things about viticulture.


What also glitters…

Rhine-Hessian cuisine, a visit to a seasonal wine tavern and just sitting outside with wine and goodies, and not only in summer.

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