The wine-growing village of Appenheim lies between Mainz and Bingen, some 5 km from the Rhine. Offshoots of the primordial sea extended here to northern Rhinehessen some 20 million years ago. The shell limestone of the Tertiary period is thus found in the best vineyard sites, producing wines marked by a distinctively expressive minerality. And a simple stroll through the vineyards will regularly turn up plentiful fossil documentation from this time.
The geological and climatic benefits of this little slice of nature are reflected perhaps most clearly in Hofmann's Rieslings. But his Silvaner, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot varietals are also successful exercises in conveying the spirit of his native home.