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Hessische Bergstrasse

Description to Hessische Bergstrasse

The wine-growing region is located in Hesse in Germany between the rivers Neckar, Rhine and Main in the protection of the Odenwald on the western slope of the Odenwald. The vineyards cover 467 hectares of vines along the Rhine. The Romans already cultivated vines here and laid out the "Via strata montana" (mountain road). The first documented reference was made in 755 regarding the donation of a vineyard in Heppenheim

Karte mit Anbaugebiet Hessische Bergstraße

Climate and soil

The mild climate prompted Emperor Joseph II (1741-1790) to exclaim on his return from the coronation in Frankfurt: " Here Germany begins to become Italy. With an early spring and late autumn, there is a relatively long growing season with excellent sunshine and sufficient rainfall. This results in optimal conditions for viticulture. The main wine-growing communities are Heppenheim and Bensheim with mainly loess loam soils. There is red sandstone only on two small "islands" (Heppenheimer Steinkopf and Maiberg). Only in the northern area (e.g. Zwingenburg) are there isolated granite weathered soils.

Areas, communities and sites

The wine-growing region is divided into two areas, Umstadt (Odenwald Wine Island) and Starkenburg, three large vineyards and 23 individual vineyards. The wine-growing municipalities with their individual vineyards:

  • Alsbach: Schöntal
  • Auerbach: Alte Burg, Fürstenlager, Höllberg
  • Bensheim: Fürstenlager, Hemsberg, Kalkgasse, Kirchberg, Paulus, Streichling
  • Brensbach: Holy fir tree
  • Dietzenbach: Wingertsberg
  • Erbach (district of Heppenheim): Maiberg
  • Gronau (Bensheim district): Hemsberg
  • Groß-Umstadt: Herrnberg, Stachelberg, Steingerück
  • Heppenheim: Centgericht, Eckweg, Maiberg, Steinkopf, Stemmler
  • Heubach (district of Groß-Umstadt): Herrnberg
  • Kleestadt (district of Groß-Umstadt): Stachelberg
  • Klein-Umstadt (district of Groß-Umstadt): Stachelberg
  • Roßdorf: Roßberg
  • Schönberg: Fürstenlager, Herrnwingert
  • Seeheim (with district ofugenheim): Mundklingen
  • Unter Hambach: Maiberg, Steinkopf, Stemmler
  • Zell: Hemsberg, Streichling
  • Zwingenberg: Alte Burg, Steingeröll

Grape variety list

There were no major changes compared to 2009. White wine varieties dominate with almost 80%. Riesling is the undisputed leader with a share of over 40%, followed by the up-and-comer Ruländer (Pinot Gris). The status 2018 (0 = smaller than 0.5 ha):

Grape variety
dt. Main name
in Germany
common synonyms
Colour Hectare
2018
%-
Ant
Hectare
2009
Riesling White Riesling, Rhine Riesling white 192 41,1 203
Grey Burgundy Pinot Gris white 53 11,4 ?
Pinot Noir incl. Samtrot Pinot Noir, Blauer S., Pinot Noir red 51 10,9 44
Müller-Thurgau Rivaner, Riesling-Sylvaner white 26 5,6 29
White Burgundy Pinot Blanc, Pinot Blanc white 25 5,4 38
Green Silvaner Silvaner white 15 3,2 16
Dornfelder red 14 3,0 15
Kerner white 11 2,4 13
Chardonnay white 7 1,5 2
Regent red 6 1,3 -
Saint Laurent Saint Laurent red 6 1,3 -
Red Traminer Gewürztraminer, Traminer white 5 1,1 -
Cabernet Mitos red 3 0,6 3
Merlot red 3 0,6 2
Portugieser Blue Portugieser red 3 0,6 4
Sauvignon Blanc Muscat Sylvaner white 3 0,6 1
Blue Limberger Blaufränkisch, Lemberger red 2 0,4 -
Cabernet Sauvignon red 2 0,4 1
Frühburgunder Blue Frühburgunder, Clevner red 2 0,4 3
Gold Muscat white 2 0,4 -
Johanniter white 2 0,4 1
Scheurebe Seedling 88 white 2 0,4 3
Souvignier Gris white 2 0,4 -
Acolon red 1 0,2 1
Auxerrois Small Heunisch white 1 0,2 1
Cabernet Blanc white 1 0,2 -
Dakapo red 1 0,2 1
Dark field red 1 0,2 1
Ehrenfelser white 1 0,2 4
Yellow Muscat Muscat, Muscat Blanc white 1 0,2 -
Reichensteiner white 1 0,2 1
Solaris white 1 0,2 -
Pinot Meunier red 1 0,2 -
Rotberger red 1 0,2 2
Bacchus white 0 - 0
Cabernet Dorio red 0 - 0
Cabernet Cortis red 0 - -
Cabernet Carbon red 0 - -
Cabernet Dorsa red 0 - 0
Cabernet Franc red 0 - -
Cabertin red 0 - -
Elbling white 0 - -
Helios white 0 - -
Hibernal white 0 - 0
Muscaris white 0 - -
Monarch red 0 - -
Morio Muscat Morio white 0 - 0
Muscat Ottonel white 0 - -
Pinotin red 0 - -
Rondo red 0 - -
Red Muscat Muscat white 0 - -
Saphira white 0 - -
Syrah Shiraz red 0 - 0
Tempranillo red 0 - -
White chasselas Chasselas white 0 - -
Zweigelt red 0 - -
Dyer grape Teinturier du Cher red - - 0
Hegel red - - 0
Herald vine red - - 0
other white varieties white 18 3,9 27
other red varieties red 1 0,2 14
WHITE VARIETIES 370 79,2 338
RED SORT 97 20,8 89
TOTAL 467 100 427


Producers

There are 440 farms, of which about 150 only cultivate up to one hectare. Around 260 of them deliver their grapes to the two winegrowers ' cooperatives Vinum autmundis and Bergsträßer Winzer with just under 60% of the total area. Worth mentioning is the VINIVERSUM inaugurated in 2015 with the "Wine and Stone" adventure trail. Other producers are Hessische Staatsweingüter, H. Freiberger and Simon-Bürkle.

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