many of the other products of the Rheingau. In this neighbour¬
hood ateRiidesheim and Geisenheim, both producing first-class wines.
Bingen is a favourable district for strong wines; the hill behind it
yields Scharlachberger. Below Bingen, on the opposite bank, is
Assmannshausen, the red wine of which holds a high rank and in
good vintages vies with Burgundy of the best class, being made from
the same species of grape; but unfortunately, like the latter, it is
often impaired by travelling. The Marcobrunn vineyard, between
Hattenheim and Erbach, produces a white wine of exquisite flavour
and bouquet. The wines, however, which compete most successfully
with Johannisberger and trench closely upon its celebrity are the
Steinberger, produced from the carefully-cultivated vineyards on the
hill at the back of Hattenheim, and the Rauenthaler Berg (p. 133),
the best vintages of which are unsurpassed in flavour and quality.
Hochheim, situated on the Main, yields a wine of very superior
quality, and has given the name of 'Hook' to the produce of the
The Valley of the Rhine below Bingen produces many pleasant
and wholesome wines, but inferior to the above. Those of Enge-
hbll, Steeg, Oberwesel, and Boppard may be mentioned among the
white. The Rheinbleicherte (i.e. 'bleich rothe', or pale red) of
Steeg, Oberwesel, and Bacharach, and the light-red wines of Salzig,
Camp, Horchheim, the Kreuzberg (near Ehrenbreitstein), and TJrbar
are also esteemed. Most of the wines grown below Coblenz are light-
red. Linz produces excellent Rheinbleicherte.
Rhenish Bavaria yields avast quantity of white wine, gener¬
ally known as wine of the Haardt, or Palatinate. The best
qualities are those of Ruppertsberg, Deidesheim, and Forst, after
which rank those of Vngstein, Diirkheim, Wachenheim, and Konigs-
bach. Good red wines are grown at Gimmeldingen and Callstadt. The
inferior wines of this district usually have a coarse, earthy flavour.
Rhenish Hessen produces the excellent Scharlachberger above
mentioned, next to which rank Niersteiner, Oppenheimer, Lau-
benheimer, and Bodenheimer, all pleasant wines, but less delicate
than those of the Rheingau. Liebfrauenmilch ('Lait de Notre Dame')
is a good sound wine which owes much of its reputation to the su¬
perior wines sold under that name, and to the quaintness of the
name itself. The vineyards where it is grown (p. 260) are incapable
of producing a tenth part of the wine usually so called. The flat
vineyards of Ingelheim between Mayence and Bingen yield a good
The Nahe wines, like those of the Palatinate, possess considerable
body, but little flavour. That of the Scharlachberg near Bingen is
sometimes classed as a Nahe wine, and is the best of this group.
The Valley of the Ahr is the most northern point at whioh the
grape is successfully cultivated. Its light and wholesome 'Ahr-
bleicherte' are chiefly consumed in the neighbourhood of their growth.