Between the densely forested Haardt Mountains (an extension of the Vosges) and the Rhine plain, extending from south of Worms all the way to the French border. Major town(s): Bad Dürkheim, Neustadt, Landau.
High percentage of sunny days, average temperature at 11 degrees
Loam is prevalent, often in a mixture with other soil types, such as loess, chalk, clay, colored sandstone or sand.
Vineyard area (2003):
23,394 ha / 57,804 acres · 2 districts · 25 collective vineyard sites · 300+ individual sites
Grape varieties [white 62.2% · red 37.8%] (2003):
Riesling (20.4%), Dornfelder (13.2%), Müller-Thurgau (12.2%), Portugieser (10.7%) as well as Kerner, Silvaner, Scheurebe, Spätburgunder, Morio-Muskat, Weissburgunder and a small quantity of the specialty Gewürztraminer.
Marketing:About a third of the region's wine is sold directly to consumers and half is marketed through commercial wineries and some two dozen cooperative cellars. The Pfalz is an important supplier of the components for Liebfraumilch, much of which is bottled by large wineries in other regions and most of which is exported.
Signposted routes through wine country:Deutsche Weinstrasse (driving) · Wanderweg Deutsche Weinstrasse (hiking)