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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.

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