The Wines of Germany 101

Taking a look at the where, what, whys and whens of Germany


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Spatburgunder AKA Pinot Noir
Germany’s Pinot Noirs are finally joining the world’s finest in the global marketplace. With their cooler climate, long hours of summer sunshine, and excellent soils they stand apart from most Pinot Noirs, though there are certain similarities to the wines of New Zealand and Oregon. Wine production is challenging in Germany. Yields are low and work in the vineyard often difficult so it’s no surprise that these wines tend to seem a little pricy, and in fact often are, but they are still fun to try and at their best they are eye openingly good. Supply is spotty at best here in the states though if you’re on the hunt to try a few I would choose from this list of producers. 
Enderle & Moll
Friedrich Becker
Henrik Möbitz
Karl H. Johner
Bernhard Huber
Friedrich Becker
Weingut Keller
August Kesseler
Jean Stodden

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  • Snooth User: Zuiko
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    Nice article there GDP. What is amazing about Germany is that there are so many producers and so many great wines. Unknown producers (to US consumers) can make as great a wine as the famous producers. Exploring the wine country to find these gems is a real thrill. Finding a great wine outside of the classic Mosel and Rheingau areas is quite common and rewarding. There have been some great wines produced from the co-ops (Winzergenossenschaft & Winzerverein) as well. My favorite German producer? Frank Schiffmann, Brauneberg. But there are about 20 others that would be a close second.

    Nov 18, 2013 at 4:59 PM

  • Seems a little strange that you didn't list Frits Ritter, since their kabinet is one of the top selling German wines in the US, Also, Vereinigte Hospitien is one of the oldest, and in my opinion finest, vineyards in Germany. Their Scharzhofberger Auslese is, again in my opinion, in a class of it's own and easily the equal of any of the producers you have listed.

    Nov 18, 2013 at 5:33 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Zuiko, Thank you for the kind words. There are indeed many great producers in Germany, far too many to list in such a short overview.

    American Storm, Perhaps in my follow up articles on Germany 201 we'll dive deeper and cover some of the producers I've missed on this first pass.

    Nov 18, 2013 at 6:24 PM

  • The Pinot Noir wines from the Ahr valley are generally from the Fruhburgunder rather than the Spatburgunder. This is an earlier ripening version more suited to the cooler climate.

    Stephen Freeland

    Nov 22, 2013 at 5:23 AM

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