Rheingau is one of the 13 wine regions in Germany. Rheingau wines are grown on vineyards with clay-slate subsoil, which face south, giving them the best sunligh. The Rhine River, up to 1 Km wide in some places, acts as a large mirror, reflecting sunslight onto the vineyards and thus ensuring a temperature balance. It was here that the first late harvest wines, called Spätlese, were produced.
The Riesling variety is the most succesful here (78% of total production). The wines are elegant, fruity, fresh and often spicy, with balanced acidity.