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Wine Returns to Weinheim


Vines at Kirchenstück, photo credit Alexander Gysler


Wine Returns to Weinheim

By Christoph Raffelt


Entering Rheinhessen from elsewhere, it’s easy to become lost in the maze of similar-sounding towns. No less than eighteen of the 22 communities surrounding the old wine capital of Alzey end with the suffix “-heim.” Little wonder then that Weinheim fails to jump off the map. 


Scratch the surface, however, and this district of Alzey provides a unique lens for understanding the evolution of viticulture in Rheinhessen: from hobby to full-time profession. It's the story of Weinheim—and wider Rheinhessen...


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