The Upper Middle Rhine Valley has been an important link between northern and southern Europe for two thousand years. Business people from a whole variety of periods and different nations travelled through this unique landscape. A whole range of cultural influences came with them. Besides their culture, the Romans notably brought wine to the region.
The Middle Rhine wine growing area extends over 110 km from Bingen as far as Bonn. The narrow Rhine Valley with its inhospitable outcrops of jagged rock forms the picturesque backdrop. Wine growing here is very labour intensive and mainly done on steep slopes. The moderate climate provides a relatively large number of sunny days with pleasant temperatures. The area is divided up into eleven large vineyards, some named after cultural sights such as “Burg Reichenstein” or “Marksburg”, as well as 111 individual vineyards. 85% of the vineyards are stocked with white grape varieties. Wine growing is dominated by small private wine-growing estates on the Middle Rhine. They usually deal with the cultivation, growing and selling themselves. Roughly a third of the approximately 150 wine growing businesses have their own wine gastronomy: the seasonal wine taverns. They invite you to while away the hours over a glass of Rhenish wine while enjoying local specialities from the vintner’s kitchen.
The incomparable beauty of nature, the unique density of castles, the importance of the Rhine as a transport route, the constantly contested border, tradition of wine growing and shipping brought the region the honour of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. As a result the region receives the same award as Cologne Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral and even the Grand Canyon national park. Besides enhanced international acclaim, the focus is on protecting and preserving these natural & cultural assets.