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The Weingut Rapp winery is a small 10 hectares estate, near the wine center of Bad Munster am Stein, in the heart of the Nahe region. Erich-Wilhelm and Ursula Rapp developed it from a former agricultural mixed holdings through acquisitions and leasing of good quality-oriented vineyard to vineyard. Today, Walter Rapp is responsible for the winery and the expansion of the wines. Ideal growing conditions, combined with steep vineyards and terrior produce world class wines, including those grown from a unique soil, porphyry. This heat-retaining, red volcanic rock soil gives the wine a unique point of view, due to the peculiarity in the stone floors of the steep hillside slopes. This particular soil type matures and develops the grapes, producing wines with terrific minerality and elegance.
While most winemakers recognize Mosel and the Pfalz for the top German wines, the smaller region of the Rheingau is perhaps the strongest white wine producing region in all of Germany. In fact, the Riesling from the Rheingau put German wine production on the map, as their serene and rolling vineyards run along with south facing bank of the Rhine river and protected by the forests of the Taunus Mountains which block the cold northern wines. Their wines are distinctive from the Mosel, generally richer, rounder and earthier.