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Ahr

Description to Ahr

The wine-growing region named after a tributary of the Rhine is located in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. The Ahr rises in the Eifel and flows into the Rhine south of Bonn. The vineyards cover 563 hectares of vines on south-facing steep slopes in the lower and middle parts of the deeply incised river valley over a length of about 25 kilometres. In 2014, a significant decision was made in the Ahr Valley towards ecologically sound, sustainable viticulture. As the first wine region in Germany, the use of insecticides is dispensed with across the board. At the "Gourmet & Wine" event series, restaurateurs work together with top vintners and bring culinary delights into harmony with art and culture.

Karte vom Anbaugebiet Ahr

Climate and soil

In the upper region between Altenahr and Marienthal, slate weathered soils predominate in the narrow valley areas. Here the vineyards reach almost to the river. In the lower region between Walporzheim and Heimersheim, the soils are mainly loess loam, which has been weathered by stones. In the steep terraced sites, soils, rocks and vineyard walls made of slate and greywacke store the sun's heat and release it back to the vines at night, creating a mild, Mediterranean microclimate with relatively high temperatures.

Ahr - Einzellagen Mayschoß

Area, communities and sites

The only area is called Walporzheim-Ahrtal, which consists of the single Großlage Klosterberg with a total of 43 individual vineyards. The wine-growing communes with their single vineyards are:

Grape variety list

There were no serious changes compared to 2009. Although the Ahr Valley is the most northerly German wine-growing region, more than four-fifths of the grapes cultivated here are red varieties. Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) dominates with two thirds of the total area. The supremacy is also underlined by the "Ahr-Rotweinstraße" and the parallel "Rotwein-Wanderweg". The status 2018 (0 = less than 0.5 ha):

Grape variety
dt. Main name
In Germany
common synonyms
Colour Hectare
2018
%-
Ant
Hectare
2009
Pinot Noir
including Samtrot
Pinot Noir, Blue S., Pinot Noir
Blue Pinot Noir clone Samtrot
red 368 65,4 343
Riesling White Riesling, Rhine Riesling white 46 8,2 44
Frühburgunder Blue Frühburgunder, Clevner red 35 6,2 36
Regent - red 18 3,2 19
White Burgundy Pinot Blanc, Pinot Blanc white 18 3,2 10
Portugieser Blue Portugieser red 17 3,0 41
Müller-Thurgau Rivaner, Riesling-Sylvaner white 14 2,5 15
Dornfelder - red 10 1,8 17
Domina - red 9 1,6 10
Ruländer Pinot Gris, Pinot Gris white 8 1,4 3
Solaris - white 3 0,5 1
Acolon - red 2 0,4 3
Chardonnay - white 2 0,4 0
Dark field - red 2 0,4 2
Blue Zweigelt Zweigelt, Rotburger red 1 0,2 1
Cabernet Cortis - red 1 0,2 -
Cabernet Mitos - red 1 0,2 1
Cabernet Sauvignon - red 1 0,2 1
Dakapo - red 1 0,2 1
Johanniter - white 1 0,2 0
Kerner - white 1 0,2 2
Ortega - white 1 0,2 1
Rotberger - red 1 0,2 1
Sauvignon Blanc - white 1 0,2 -
Seasoning - white 1 0,2 0
Cabernet Cubin - red 0 - -
Cabernet Dorsa - red 0 - -
Cabernet Franc - red 0 - 0
Cabertin - red 0 - -
Hegel - white 0 - 1
Huxelrebe - white 0 - 0
Merlot - red 0 - 1
Monarch - red 0 - -
Müllerrebe Black Riesling, Pinot Meunier red 0 - 0
Muscaris - white 0 - -
Neronet - red 0 - -
Palas - red 0 - 0
Pinotin - red 0 - -
Red Traminer Traminer / Gewürztraminer white 0 - 0
Saint Laurent Saint Laurent red 0 - 0
Saphira - white 0 - -
Sauvignier gris - white 0 - -
Bacchus - white - - 0
other white varieties - white 0 - 1
other red varieties - red 0 - 1
WHITE SORT 96 17,1 79
RED SORT 467 82,9 478
TOTAL 563 100 557


Producers

One of the oldest winegrowers ' cooperatives in the world was established in Mayschoß in 1868 with the founding of the Mayschoß-Altenahr Winegrowers' Cooperative. Other well-known producers are Adeneuer, Ahrweiler Winzer-Verein e G, Ahr Winzer eG, Bertram Julia, Burggarten, Deutzerhof, Heiner & Kreuzberg, Jean Stodden, Kreuzberg, Kriechel Peter, Maibachfarm, Meyer-Näkel, Nelles Thomas, Riske Erwin, Riske Reinhold, Sermann-Kreuzberg, Weingut Sonnenberg and Weinmanufaktur Walporzheim. The former German chancellor Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) bought his red wines from some of the wineries.

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