We would like to express our deepest solidarity and our thoughts are with all those affected by the storm in NRW and RLP, especially in the Ahr valley. The floods have hit many wineries in the region hard and are worrying the entire wine world. Now that initial relief efforts are underway, marked by incredible and impressive solidarity among colleagues from all over Germany, a long-term measure of the impact on viticulture in the Ahr can slowly be estimated. Barrels have been washed away, halls and houses have collapsed, more than an entire vintage has been lost – the coming vintage must be protected, vineyards cultivated, often without the now missing equipment. (VDP – The eagle helps Ahr)
Spotlight Ahr Valley
“The Ahr valley (German: Ahrtal, pronounced [ˈaːɐ̯taːl]) is named after the Ahr, a left tributary of the Rhine in Germany. It begins at the Ahr spring (Ahrquelle) in Blankenheim in the county of Euskirchen (North Rhine-Westphalia) and runs generally eastwards. At its southernmost point it enters the county of Ahrweiler, and hence the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Running through the collective municipality of Adenau the valley bends northeast at its confluence with the Adenauer Bach and reaches the collective municipality of Altenahr, from where it resumes its characteristic west to east course, albeit interrupted by meanders. Here begins the section that is known as the Ahr valley (Ahrtal) in a touristic sense. Here it is characterized by vineyards on the south-facing slopes and a picturesque rocky landscape, carved out by the river creating a 300 metre deep gorge in the Ahr Hills. In the next stage the Ahr reaches the area of the county town of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, before finally discharging into the Rhine south of Remagen in the borough of Sinzig.”
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