Germany has 13 defined wine growing regions, of which the production area of the Rhineland Pfalz is the second largest, with about 23,400 ha of vineyards. It extends west of Worms in the north, to the French border in the south. About six to 10km wife, it is 80km long and boasts a wide variety of soil types. The Pfalz is characterised by an almost Mediterranean climate, with little rainfall and many sunshine hours. It has two distinct areas: the ‘southern wine route’ and the ‘Mittelhaardt German wine route’. The Mittelhaardt route, between Neustadt and Bad Durkheim, is one of the world’s great wine regions.