Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) has visited the Rheingau often
and with pleasure and was staying not far from Ruedesheim in
the house of the Brentanos in Winkel. He could be arrested there
by the romantic mood of the scenery on the Rhine. You feel this
especially in his portrayal of a journey from Wiesbaden by the
Rheingau to Bingen in his story '” Das Saint-Rochus-Fest
zu Bingen” and in his poetic report on the second journey
in the Rheingau “Im Rheingau Herbsttage”.
the “Rochusfest” is found the reproduction of the
famous fasting sermon of the Mainz suffragan bishop which is a
wine sermon in reality, and which itself wine-glad Goethe has probably
exactly noticed for good reason in memory.