The Rheingau or Rhine region is in the state of Hesse, North of Frankfurt in Germany. It is a south-facing slab of vineyards situated on gentle slopes which lead down to the river Rhine that flows through the region. Many vines have been planted along the banks of the river in south-facing vineyards protected from the chill winds by the Taunus Mountains to the immediate north. It was for years regarded as Germany’s noblest wine region and the best wines here (accounting for almost 80% of the vines grown in this region) are invariably Rieslings with strongly pronounced mineral qualities and more body than those of the Mosel or other German Rieslings. Pinot Noir takes second place with approximately 12% of the vines.