The Rheingau is home to some of Germany’s (not to mention the world’s) oldest wine-growing families. Germany’s most central wine growing region is located between Hochheim on the Main River and Lorch which is found near the Mittelrhein.
The Rheingau is basically one long hillside which on the north side is topped by the forests of the Taunus Hills and bordered on the south by the Rhine River. The whole of this forms one large district called Bereich Johannisberg. It was in the cloisters and estates of Rheingau that the world famous Riesling grape was cultivated and refined to become one of the world’s noble grapes. The viticulturists of Rheingau were the first to understand the value of Botrytis Cinerea (the famous “noble rot”) as well as Spätlese (late harvest) wines. According to some sources, the term Kabinett (used to describe fine, lightwines made with fully ripened grapes) also originated here.