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Rappenhof

The Rappenhof winery is located in the centre of the municipality of Alsheim (Nierstein area) in the German wine growing region of Rheinhessen. The name is derived from the owner's ancestors' passion for horse teams with fiery Rappen. The origin of the farm goes back to 1604, when Hieronymus Hirsch, an ancestor of the current owner Klaus Muth, founded the winery. Klaus Muth took over the management of the estate after his legal studies and viticultural practice in Australia and the USA in the now 12th generation. The cellar master is Christian Hahn(Geisenheim graduate), and master winemaker Hermann Muth is responsible for the outside operations

The vineyards cover around 50 hectares of vineyards, including the individual sites Fischerpfad and Frühmesse (Alsheim), Bornpfad and Himmelthal (Guntersblum), Tafelstein (Dienheim), Teufelskopf (Ludwigshöhe), Herrenberg and Sackträger (Oppenheim), and Ölberg and Pettenthal (Nierstein). They are 80% planted with the white wine varieties Riesling (50%), Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay (40%), as well as Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner and Gewürztraminer (10%). The 20% red wine varieties are Pinot Noir (2/3), as well as Blauer Portugieser, Dornfelder, Regent, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (1/3).

Through selective harvesting, only ripe and healthy grapes are processed. The red wines ferment traditionally on the mash. The Spätburgunder wines are mainly matured in 1,200 litre wooden barrels and in barriques. The white wines ferment temperature-controlled in stainless steel tanks. The wines are vinified as pure varietal wines and predominantly dry. In addition, noble sweet specialities dating back to the 1971 vintage are also offered. The product range is divided according to the VDP classification model into estate wines, local wines and Grosses Gewächs. Besides the marketing in Germany, the wines are exported in Europe to Poland, Denmark, Sweden and Estonia, as well as to China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Canada. The winery is a member of the VDP (Verband deutscher Prädikatsweingüter) and the German Barrique Forum.

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