Weingut Riffel is located in Bingen, an ancient town on the river Nahe which empties into the Rhine Gorge. It is in the northwest corner of the Rheinhessen wine region.
Erik & Carolin Riffel have been running the winery together since 2005. Two years later, in 2007, they build a new tower and now have a wonderful view over the Scharlachberg, one of the top locations for producing Riesling and Silvaner. In 2009 they switched to organic farming which produced amazing results. As a result in 2012 the took the big step to embrace biodynamic farming methods. Today they cultivate a total of 16 hectares of vineyards in adherence to biodynamic guidelines.
How To Get To Weingut Riffel
The town of Bingen is 76 km from Frankfurt and can be accessed easily by car or train/bus. Bingen is well known for, among other things, the story about the Mouse Tower, in which allegedly the Bishop of Mainz Hatto was eaten by mice. You will also find Klopp Castle, the residence of Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp, is located in the village and is a popular tourist attraction. If you are looking for somewhere to stay then there is no better place to stay than NH Bingen. It is located on the waterfront and central to many good restaurants and bars.
Types Of Wine Made In The Rheinhessen Wine Region
The focus of white wine produced by Weingut Riffel is Riesling. This sophisticated grape variety, which has shaped German wine making like no other, is cultivated in over 60% of their active vineyards. Riesling can mature for a very long time, and is perfectly suited to the climate and soil profile of the region.
In addition to Riesling, Silvaner, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris as well as Pinot Noir thrive in their vineyards.
Recommended Wines From Weingut Riffel
Although the majority of Weingut Riffel’s wine is Riesling, we have recommended two of their popular local wines.
Weiss Burgunder, or Pinot Blanc, is a grape typically grown in the Rheinhessen wine region. A lovely combination of pear and fleshy peach flavours combined with a waft of lemon zest and almond meal which is typical to Pinot Blanc. Definitely worth giving Weingut Riffel a try.
Pair Riffel’s Pinot Blanc with a soft brie or goats cheese and some truffle. Cream based pasta’s will also work.
Grauer Burgunder, or Pinot Gris, is another grape which grows well in the Rheinhessen wine region. A lovely combination of lemon and fleshy peach flavours combined with a waft of almond meal which is typical to Pinot Gris.
Pair Riffel’s Pinot Gris with pan fried cod and green beans. Poached chicken will also work well.
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