It’s the climate with more than 1,800 hours of sun per year. It’s the special soil in four growing regions. It’s the viticulturists’ keen eye and good nose, the tradition, international education, ambition, latest technology, and old craftsmanship that turn the grapes in Rhine-Neckar into internationally leading wines and bubblies.
Nowhere else in Germany do you find four growing areas in one region: Badische Bergstraße, Hessian Bergstraße, Rhine-Hesse, and Palatinate. Nowhere else in Germany do more vines grow. Landau and Neustadt an der Weinstraße, each with about 2,000 hectares of vines being cultivated, are Germany’s largest wine-growing communities.
Looking for more superlatives? The oldest productive vineyard in the world, dating back to 1650, is found in Rhodt unter Rietburg. The Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer exhibits the oldest wine in the world that is still liquid, dating back to the third century. In Bad Dürkheim, more than 600,000 people celebrate the world’s largest wine festival every year. The main feature of the festival grounds is the world’s largest wine barrel, which houses a restaurant in place of 1.7 million litres of wine. Interesting to note is that until it was built, the wine barrel in the Heidelberg Castle had been the largest in the world.