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Description to Bingen

A town on the Rhine in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate with around 25,000 inhabitants at the mouth of the Nahe into the Rhine at the foot of the Rochusberg. Even before the Romans, there was a Celtic settlement here called Bingium due to its convenient location. The Romans were already cultivating vines here around the turn of the century. The river Nahe forms a natural border between two wine-growing areas. The district of Bingen-Bingerbrück lies to the left of the Nahe estuary and belongs to the Nahe wine-growing region. The single vineyards Hildegardisbrünnchen, Abtei Rupertsberg (also known as Ruppertsberg), Römerberg and Klostergarten, which belong to Großlage Schlosskapelle, are located here. They commemorate the famous abbess and mystic Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), who worked at Rupertsberg Abbey. To the right of the Nahe is the Rheinhessen wine-growing region with the town of Bingen and its districts of Büdesheim, Dietersheim, Dromersheim, Gaulsheim, Kempten and Sponsheim.

Bingen und Bingerbrück von der Elisenhöhe

The individual vineyards, some of which cross municipal boundaries, belong to Großlage St. Rochuskapelle. They are called Bubenstück (Büdesheim), Honigberg (Dromersheim), Kapellenberg (Kempten), Kirchberg (Kempten), Klosterweg (Dromersheim), Mainzer Weg (Büdesheim, Dromersheim), Osterberg (Büdesheim), Pfarrgarten (Gaulsheim, Kempten), Rosengarten (Bingen-Stadt, Büdesheim), Scharlachberg (Büdesheim), Schelmenstück (Dietersheim, Büdesheim), Schlossberg Schwätzerchen (Büdesheim, Kempten, Bingen Stadt) and Schwarzenberg (Büdesheim). One of the three Rheinhessen areas is also named after the town of Bingen. The vineyards cover an impressive 650 hectares of vines. Well-known producers are Kruger-Rumpf, Prinz Salm and Scharlachberg. The Middle Rhine wine-growing region begins north of Bingen and stretches northwards along the Rhine. A humorous anecdote tells why the corkscrew in Rheinhessen is called the Binger pencil.

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