A Comprehensive Guide to Getting Saucy in Germany's Wine Regions - Page 4
|Lorelei rock, Mittelrhein Wine Region, Germany (iStockphoto)|
Extending off the Rheingau is the region of Mittelrhein, which follows a great expanse of the Rhine River past the Mosel and into Bonn, just 30 minutes’ drive from Cologne. Eighty-five percent of the grapes grown here are white, the largest concentration of any German region with the exception of the Mosel.
The area is best known for its tourist-friendly locales along the river’s banks. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley, as it’s called, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is chock-full of spectacular scenery popular with riverboat cruises—think lofty medieval castles, idyllic towns with half-timbered homes, and the Lorelei, a bulging slate rock that marks the Rhine River’s narrowest and deepest point. Lorelei is also famous for an old tale that spoke of beautiful singing maidens who lured boatmen to their death.