With some of the best sites in Germany and a predominance of Riesling, the Mosel is one of the most compelling regions. Two of the tributaries of the Mosel, the Saar and the Ruwer are often grouped together. Some of the most famous villages from this area include Piesport, Brauneberg, Bernkastel, Graach, Wehlen, Zeltigen, Urzig and Erden. Rheingau
The Rheingau is another region that possesses steep slate slopes with a south/southeast exposure. The principal villages include Hochheim, Eltville, Kiedrich, Erbach, Hattenheim, Hallgarten, Oestrich, Winkel, Johannisberg, Gelsenheim, Rudesheim, Assmannhausen and Lorch.
The wines of the Rheingau have more body and weight and less of the ethereal character and "fine boned" structure of the Mosel with their exotic aromas.Pfalz
The Pfalz has a much warmer climate than the Mosel or the Rheingau, the slopes are gentler, and there is less slate in the soil. The wines are fuller and more powerful and some show a pronounced earthiness. Many of the most famous dry wines are produced here. The principal villages include Wachenheim, Forst, Niederkirchen, Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg.Nahe and other regions
Other regions include the Nahe, and its villages of Schloss Bockelheim and Niederhausen among others; the Rheinhessen; the Mittelrhein; the Ahr, famous for Pinot Noir; and the southern regions of Baden for Pinot Noir and Franken, a region known for Silvaner, particularly as bottled in the distinctive bottle called Bocksbeutel after the testes of a goat. Less well-known regions include Hessische Bergstrasse, Saale-Unstrut, Sachsen and Württemberg.
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