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Rüdesheim a wine lover's paradise on the Rhine

August 3, 2011 - 2:26am
Rüdesheim a wine lover's paradise on the Rhine

Situated on the east bank of the Rhine, the city of Rüdesheim is among the most widely-visited cities in Europe. In fact, along with the majestic Cologne Cathedral, it is one of the most popular destinations for foreign travelers in Germany, and with an extensive collection of vineyards dating back several centuries, the city is a wine lover's dream.

Rüdesheim's wine-making culture can be credited to the fact that the city is located in the heart of the Rheingau region of Germany, an area well-known for its Riesling grapes used to create outstanding, high-quality white wine.

It's no surprise that wine-making is deeply rooted in Rüdesheim given its lengthy history with the practice. Though no exact date is known, archaeological finds have shown that wine growing was popular as far back as 1074, with its first mention of established vineyards popping up around 1395 in the form of County of Katzenelnbogen vineyards.

The citizens have Rüdesheim celebrate their rich tradition of wine-making each summer by holding the annual Rüdesheim wine festival, which takes place in the third week of August. The highlight of the festival is the coronation of the Wine Queen and her princesses, who serve as ambassadors to other wine growing regions across the continent.