Land in the south-west of Germany with just under 20,000 km², which was created in 1946 by uniting the southern part of the Prussian Rhine Province, the Bavarian administrative district of Pfalz and western parts of Hesse. A total of six of the 13 German wine-growing regions are located here; these are the Ahr, Middle Rhine, Moselle, Nahe, Palatinate and Rhinehessen. The vineyards are largely located on the slopes of the Ahr, Lahn, Mosel, Nahe, Rhine, Ruwer and Saar rivers, as well as their tributaries, which favour viticulture. The vineyards in these growing areas cover around 65,000 hectares, which are cultivated by around 7,500 winegrowing enterprises. Every year, around six million hectolitres of grape must are processed into wine, sparkling wine and other products. With almost two-thirds of the total vineyard area, about 50% of all wine-growing enterprises, about two-thirds of the wine produced in Germany and about 90% share of German wine exports, Rhineland-Palatinate is clearly Germany's No. 1 wine-growing state, even though the land area only accounts for less than 6%.
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