The Wines of Germany 101
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The history of winemaking in Germany goes back to the invasions of the Romans, who brought with them the knowledge of winemaking and their wine drinking culture. In the first century BC winemaking was already established in Germany and prime vineyard sites had been established. Some of these same sites continue to produce highly regarded wine to this day.
Given the climate and the poor soils Germany contends with those vineyards have been producing roughly the same wines, white wines that may or may not ferment to dryness, for millennia. Combined with what seems to be an innate German desire for order, you have some of the more complex and certainly longest lasting regulations governing a wine industry anywhere. Consider that Piesporter is home to a press dating from the fourth century AD one can see that the Germans have had ample time to distill all their efforts into layers of rules and regulations. This does make reading a German wine label a bit of a challenge, though we have an easy guide for that. Deciphering German wine labels