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With the introduction of the four-level classification model known from Burgundy, Gutswein - Ortswein - Erste Lage - Grosse Lage, the VDP also finally said goodbye to the use of predicates for dry wines after a long struggle. This is an important step, often criticised by traditionalists, which not only brought more clarity and transparency* to the quality hierarchy, but is also obviously a stroke of luck for the quality of the wines themselves.

This is particularly clear in the case of the local wines. Although this is only the second level in the quality pyramid, we find a wealth of convincing wines in this category, often full of character and clearly conveying their origin, which we ourselves would hardly have expected. In the days of dry Kabinett and Spätlese wines, one had to search for producers who brought such qualities to the bottle; today they are the rule.

Only a fraction of the 350 or so local wines we tasted for this BEST OF were not rated at least "Very Good"; quite a few can easily compete in quality with the simpler Grossen Gewächsen, but are generally much more enjoyable to drink. We can recommend every single wine we present on this page. The fact that a large proportion of them are offered at very consumer-friendly prices is unlikely to upset anyone.

*Remark: There is one limitation in terms of clarity that also caused us a bit of trouble when selecting the wines for this BEST OF: instead of wines with site designation and the classification VDP. Erste Lage, the Rheinhessen regional association has local wines with the addition "VDP.Aus Ersten Lagen", which can come from several sites that must be classified at least as Erste Lage. So where to classify? For this time, we have decided to include these wines here without opening a separate category for them. Basically, the situation where local wines come from classified sites is more the rule than the exception, even outside Rheinhessen. The wines in question are marked with * marked.

We always offer this selection as handy PDF. Links to all the wines tasted and their producers with detailed descriptions can be obtained by clicking on the respective headings. The links to the Rheinhessen local wines from first sites and the rosé wines are at the end of the list.

Riesling

  • 92WP 2018 Nierstein, Keller *
  • 91WP 2018 Dorsheim "Eierfels", Diel
  • 91WP 2017 Forst, Reichsrat von Buhl
  • 90WP 2017 Wachenheim, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf
  • 90WP 2018 Burg Layen, Diel
  • 90WP 2018 Piesport "Goldstück", Lieser Castle
  • 90WP 2018 Maximin Grünhaus "Old Vines
  • 89WP 2018 Maximin Grünhaus "The Capital
  • 89WP 2018 Deidesheim, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf
  • 89WP 2017 Forst, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf
  • 89WP 2017 Deidesheim, Reichsrat von Buhl
  • 89WP 2018 Kiedrich, Weil
  • 89WP 2018 Nackenheim, Kühling-Gillot *
  • 89WP 2018 Nierstein, Kühling-Gillot *
  • 89WP 2018 Nierstein, Schätzel *
  • 89WP 2018 Bingen, Bischel *
  • 89WP 2018 Nackenheim, Gunderloch *
  • 89WP 2018 Mölsheim, Battenfeld-Spanier *
  • 89WP 2018 Hohen-Sülzen, Battenfeld-Spanier *
  • 89WP 2018 Niederhausen "vom Schiefer", Hermannsberg Estate
  • 89WP 2018 Königsbach, Christmann
  • 89WP 2018 Oestrich "Quartzite", Peter Jakob Kühn
  • 89WP 2018 Bockenau "Slate stone", Schäfer-Fröhlich
  • 89WP 2018 Piesport, Keller
  • 88WP 2018 Ayl "Barrel 3", Lauer
  • 88WP 2018 Lieser "Heldenstück", Lieser Castle
  • 88WP 2018 Hallgarten "Rhine slate", Peter Jakob Kühn
  • 88WP 2018 Monzingen "Halgans", Emrich-Schönleber
  • 88WP 2018 Monzingen "Frühtau", Emrich-Schönleber
  • 88WP 2018 Bernkastel "Alte Reben", Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch - Heirs Thanisch
  • 88WP 2017 Pünderich "vom roten Schiefer", Clemens Busch
  • 88WP 2018 Gau-Algesheim "Terra Fusca", Bischel
  • 88WP 2018 Appenheim, Bischel *
  • 88WP 2018 Hochheim "Mainterrassen", artist
  • 88WP 2018 Schlossböckelheim "vom Volkan", Hermannsberg Estate
  • 88WP 2018 Gimmeldingen, Müller-Catoir
  • 88WP 2018 Forst, Georg Siben Heirs
  • 88WP 2018 Piesport, Haart
  • 88WP 2018 Wiltingen, Van Volxem
  • 88WP 2017 Rüdesheim, Ress
  • 88WP 2018 Ranschbach "Rotliegend", Kranz
  • 88WP 2017 Pünderich "Nonnengarten", Clemens Busch
  • 88WP 2017 Pünderich "vom blauen Schiefer", Clemens Busch
  • 88WP 2018 Deidesheim, von Winning
  • 88WP 2018 Deidesheim "Limestone", Mosbacher
  • 88WP 2018 Forst "Basalt", Mosbacher
  • 88WP 2018 Deidesheim, Bassermann-Jordan
  • 88WP 2017 Ruppertsberg, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf
  • 88WP 2018 Nierstein, St. Antony *
  • 88WP 2018 Dorsheim, Diel
  • 88WP 2018 Oppenheim, Kühlig-Gillot *
  • 87WP 2018 Winkel "Vom Aueboden", August Eser
  • 87WP 2018 Brauneberg "Tradition", Fritz Haag
  • 87WP 2018 Ayl "Faß 4", Lauer
  • 87WP 2018 Forst, Bassermann-Jordan
  • 87WP 2018 Ruppertsberg, Bassermann-Jordan
  • 87WP 2017 Oestrich, Ress
  • 87WP 2018 Duttweiler "Kalkmergel", Bergdolt
  • 87WP 2018 Geisenheim "PUR!", Wegeler
  • 87WP 2018 Ungstein "Limestone", Pfeffingen
  • 87WP 2017 Heimersheim, Nelles
  • 87WP 2018 Lorch, Flick
  • 87WP 2018 Leinsweiler "Concretus", Siegrist
  • 87WP 2018 Wiltingen, Reichsgraf v. Kesselstadt
  • 87WP 2017 Burrweiler "Schiefer", Meßmer
  • 87WP 2018 Würzburg, Bürgerspital
  • 87WP 2017 Pünderich "vom grauen Schiefer", Busch
  • 87WP 2018 Kallstadt "vom Kalkfels", Rings
  • 87WP 2018 Rüdesheim, Fendel
  • 87WP 2018 Hattenheim, Ress
  • 87WP 2018 Bingen, Prinz Salm *
  • 87WP 2018 Westhofen, Groebe
  • 87WP 2018 Westhoden "Old Vines", Groebe *
  • 87WP 2018 Ungstein "SP", Pfeffingen (Red Riesling)

Silvaner

  • 89WP 2018 Hohen-Sülzen "Leopold", Battenfeld-Spanier
  • 89WP 2018 Nierstein, Schätzel *
  • 88WP 2018 Gau-Algesheim "Terrassen", Bischel
  • 88WP 2018 Würzburg, Bürgerspital
  • 88WP 2018 Rödelsee, Weltner
  • 88WP 2018 Escherndorf "Muschelkalk", Rainer Sauer
  • 88WP 2018 Nackenheim "x.t.", Gunderloch *
  • 87WP 2018 Iphofen, Wirsching
  • 87WP 2018 Retzstadt, May
  • 87WP 2018 Untereisenheim, Schäffer
  • 87WP 2018 Volkach, Zur Schwane
  • 87WP 2018 Escherndorf, Rainer Sauer
  • 87WP 2018 Escherndorf, Fröhlich
  • 87WP 2018 Iphofen, Juliusspital

Chardonnay

  • 90WP 2017 Malterdinger "Old Vines", Huber
  • 89WP 2017 Schweigen, Friedrich Becker
  • 88WP 2018 Oppenheim "R", Kühling-Gillot
  • 88WP 2018 Godramstein "Kalkmergel", Münzberg
  • 88WP 2017 Ingelheim "R", J. Neus
  • 87WP 2017 Ingelheim, J. Neus
  • 87WP 2017 Schweigen "Clay marl -S-", Bernhart
  • 87WP 2017 Heimersheim, Deutzerhof
  • 87WP 2017 Godramstein "Kalkmergel", Münzberg

Pinot Blanc

  • 88WP 2018 Gimmeldingen "Pfarrwingert", Christmann
  • 88WP 2018 Birkweiler, Dr. Wehrheim
  • 88WP 2018 Godramstein "Kalkgestein", Münzberg
  • 88WP 2018 Ilbesheim "vom Landschneckenkalk", Kranz
  • 88WP 2018 Hohen-Sülzen "Louis", Battenfeld-Spanier
  • 87WP 2018 Haardt, Müller-Catoir
  • 87WP 2018 Ruppertsberg, Bassermann-Jordan
  • 87WP 2016 Oberrotweil "RS", Salwey
  • 87WP 2018 Schweigen "Kalkmergel", Bernhart
  • 87WP 2018 Godramstein "Loess-Loam", Münzberg
  • 87WP 2018 Kirrweiler "Mineral", Bergdolt
  • 87WP 2018 Ruppertsberg, Siben Erben
  • 87WP 2018 Hallgarten, Crown

Pinot Gris

  • 87WP 2017 Oberrotweil "RS", Salwey
  • 87WP 2018 Ruppertsberger, Siben Erben

Scheurebe

  • 88WP 2018 Iphofen, Weltner
  • 88WP 2018 Ungstein "SP", Pfeffingen
  • 87WP 2018 Rödelsee, Weltner
  • 87WP 2018 Volkach, Zur Schwane
  • 87WP 2018 Dettelbach, Glaser-Himmelstoß

Muscat

Bacchus

  • 87WP 2018 Escherndorf, Schäffer

Müller-Thurgau

  • 87WP 2018 Würzburg, Juliusspital
  • 87WP 2018 Reicholzheim, Schlör

Cuvée White

  • 89WP 2017 Malterdingen, Huber
  • 87WP 2018 Appenheim, Bischel

Pinot Noir / Pinot Noir

  • 90WP 2017 Kallstadt "Vom Kalkfels", Rings
  • 90WP 2017 Malterdingen "Old Vines", Huber
  • 89WP 2014 Rechtenbach, Friedrich Becker
  • 89WP 2014 Schweigen, Friedrich Becker
  • 89WP 2015 Schweigen, Friedrich Becker
  • 89WP 2017 Klingenberg "Old Vines", Baltes
  • 89WP 2017 Malterdingen, Huber
  • 89WP 2016 Oberrotweil "RS", Salwey
  • 88WP 2017 Freinsheim "vom Quarzsand", Rings
  • 88WP 2017 Oberrotweil "RS", Salwey
  • 88WP 2016 Nackenheim, Kühling-Gillot
  • 88WP 2016 Ingelheim "Alte Reben", J. Neus
  • 88WP 2017 Großheubach "Alte Reben", Baltes
  • 88WP 2015 Bingen, Prinz Salm *
  • 87WP 2018 Retzbach, May
  • 87WP 2017 Kirrweiler "Kalkmergel", Bergdolt
  • 87WP 2017 Reicholzheim, Schlör
  • 87WP 2017 Gimmeldingen, Christmann
  • 87WP 2016 Bodenheim, Kühling-Gillot
  • 87WP 2017 Neuenahr, Kreuzberg
  • 87WP 2017 Cleebronn "Reed Sandstone", Dautel
  • 87WP 2016 Ingelheim, J. Neus
  • 87WP 2015 Bingen, Prinz Salm

Frühburgunder

  • 88WP 2016 Ingelheim, J. Neus

Lemberger / Blaufränkisch

  • 88WP 2017 Bönnigheim "Gipskeuper", Dautel
  • 87WP 2018 Fellbach "Alte Reben", Aldinger
  • 87WP 2016 Verrenberg, Prince Hohenlohe-Öhringen
  • 87WP 2017 Nierstein, St. Antony

Trollinger

  • 88WP 2018 Fellbach "Sine", Aldinger

Cuvée Red

  • 87WP 2015 Meissen, "Moritz", Proschwitz Castle

Local wines VDP.Aus Ersten Lagen

Rosé

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