The Mittelrhein is the spectacular stretch of the Rhine River between Bonn and Bingen known as the Rhine Gorge. Here, the river has carved its course through the slate stone hills to form a steep, narrow valley with a microclimate in which vines have thrived for 2,000 years. Ancient castle ruins tower over vine-covered cliffs and medieval villages.
Steeped in legend (the Loreley, the Nibelungs), the Mittelrhein has long been a source of inspiration to artists and winemakers. Crisp, fragrant Riesling wines are the hallmark of the region.
steep hillsides along the Rhine river
main grape varieties are Riesling, Müller-Thurgau and Spätburgunder