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Land in the southwest of Germany with almost 20,000 km², which was created in 1946 by the unification of the southern part of the Prussian Rhine Province, the Bavarian administrative district of the Palatinate and western parts of Hesse. A total of six of the 13 German growing regions are located here; these are the Ahr, Middle Rhine, Moselle, Nahe, Palatinate and Rheinhessen. Most of the vineyards are located on the slopes of the rivers Ahr, Lahn, Moselle, Nahe, Rhine, Ruwer and Saar, as well as their tributaries, which are favourable for viticulture. In 2018, the vineyards in these regions covered a total of 64,380 hectares, which are managed by about 7,500 wineries (larger than 0.5 hectares). Every year, around six million hectolitres of grape must are processed into wine, sparkling wine and other products. With just under two thirds of the total area under vines, around 50% of all wine-growing enterprises, around two thirds of the wine produced in Germany and a share of around 90% of German wine exports, Rhineland-Palatinate is clearly the German wine state No. 1, although the land area is only less than 6%

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