The Wines of Germany 101
Taking a look at the where, what, whys and whens of Germany
Because Germany’s producers bottle so many wines, from different vineyards and at different sweetness levels it’s really challenging to compile a list of the best wines to try to learn about the region. The easiest path to take is to compile a list of the top affordable producers and then try and pick out their best or most distinctive wines. While that does help one gain an understanding of the producers, it’s the wine styles that one must understand first. To that end I would suggest that you first try a range of Spatlese level wines. These tend to be fairly rich and noticeably sweet. They age spectacularly well and are a great jumping off point for the world of Riesling, which after all continues to be Germany's flagship wine. Below I list a top ten producers, of sorts, and on the following pages I offer suggestions of wines from their portfolios to sample.