The production area is located in Hessen 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 vineyards along the Rhine. The Romans already cultivated wine here and laid out the "Via strata montana" (mountain road). The first documented mention was in 755 regarding the donation of a vineyard in Heppenheim
The mild climate prompted Emperor Joseph II (1741-1790) on his return from the coronation in Frankfurt to exclaim: "This is where Germany begins to become Italy. Due to early spring and late autumn there is a relatively long vegetation period with best sunshine and sufficient rainfall. This results in optimal conditions for viticulture. The main wine communities are Heppenheim and Bensheim with mainly loess loam soils. Buntsandstein is only found on two small "islands" (Heppenheimer Steinkopf and Maiberg). Only in the northern area (e.g. Zwingenburg) do granite weathered soils occur sporadically.