The Ahr Valley on the fringe of the protective Eifel Hills.Major town(s): Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler.
Mild and favorable, greenhouse-like in some of the steeper sites.
Deep, rich loess in the lower Ahr Valley (eastern portion); slate, volcanic stone and rocky soils in the middle Ahr Valley (western portion).
Vineyard area (2003):
528 ha / 1305 acres · 1 district · 1 collective vineyard site · 40+ individual sites
Grape varieties [white 12.3% · red 87.7%] (2003):
Spätburgunder (61.7%), Portugieser (11.2%), Riesling (7%) as well as Müller-Thurgau, Dornfelder and a small quantity of the specialty Frühburgunder, a red variety.
Most growers are members of the five cooperatives that produce and market about 75% of the region's wine. The State Wine Domain at the 12th-century monastery Kloster Marienthal is the Ahr's largest wine estate. Nearly all of the region's wine is consumed locally or sold to tourists.
Signposted routes through wine country:
Rotweinstrasse (driving), Rotweinwanderweg (hiking), Ahr-Radtour (cycling).