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Eltville on the Rhine (lat. Alta Villa = Hoher Hof, higher situated town), also known as the "wine, sparkling wine and rose town", is the oldest and largest town in the German Rheingau wine region. In 2006 it was given the title "Gutenbergstadt" (Gutenberg town) because the famous inventor of letterpress printing Johannes Gensfleisch, called Gutenberg (1400 -1468) spent several years of his childhood here and also stayed here at the end of his life. The town with about 17,000 inhabitants is situated on the banks of the Rhine and consists of the five districts of the core town Eltville, Erbach, Hattenheim, Martinsthal and Rauenthal. In the old town with its winding alleys there are many old aristocratic courts, half-timbered houses, restaurants and ostrich taverns. In a wooded valley behind Hattenheim lies the world-famous Cistercian monastery Eberbach. Eltville is the seat of the Hessian State Wine Estates, as well as the wine and sparkling wine producers Albus, Baron Knyphausen, Breuer Stefan, Baron Langwerth von Simmern, H. J. Ernst, Kaufmann Urban, Lamm-Jung, Ress Balthasar, Rotkäppchen-Mumm (with MM among others) and Vaux.


The town and its districts have extensive vineyards. Well-known individual sites around the town are Hohenrain, Kalbspflicht, Langenstück, Marcobrunn, Nussbrunnen, Rheinberg, Rothenberg, Sonnenberg, Steinberg, Taubenberg and Wisselbrunnen. A special feature is the "Eltviller Vinothek" association, founded in 2004 as an association of leading wineries, which presents itself "as an ambassador of Rheingau wine". The principle "sale at producer prices" is strictly implemented. Wines and sparkling wines from currently 20 producers from Eltville and its districts are offered. In addition, wine tastings, wine seminars and cultural events are held

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