A Comprehensive Guide to Getting Saucy in Germany's Wine Regions - Page 3
|Bunch of red grapes used for Spätburgunder in Germany (iStockphoto)|
Rheingau is one of the smallest regions on the western side, comprising only 3 percent of Germany’s total vineyard plantings. Following the Rhine River between Wiesbaden and Rüdesheim, the area is one of the few that is known for something other than Riesling. Spätburgunder has a pronounced presence here. It was brought over from Burgundy, France, where it is called Pinot Noir.
Rheingau is home to one of the country’s most famous vineyards. Schloss Johannisberg is a Benedictine monastery and vineyard where the idea of a late harvest, or Spätlese, is said to have originated. This technique increases the sugar levels of the grapes, creating the distinct taste that Johannisberg wines are known for. The gently sloping hill on which the monastery is set provides spectacular views of the valley and the Rhine River below.