North of Heidelberg, Germany, bordered on the west by the Rhine River and on the east by the Odenwald forest, is the region of Hessische Bergstrasse. The fragrant, refreshingly fruity and hearty wines of this region are not often found outside of the region. Riesling is the major wine grape variety, but fragrant Müller-Thurgau and a light Silvaner wines are also produced in this area. The area is also known for the wine festivals in Heppenheim (late June) and Bensheim (early September).
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