The Wines of Germany 101
A Snooth Article Classic
There is no doubt that Riesling is the king of wine in Germany. Accounting for just under a quarter of all acreage under vine, and found in each of the 13 fine wine growing regions it’s established itself as the premier grape both domestically and internationally where German Riesling is accorded the same respect as White Burgundy in most wine circles. Truly one of the finest wines on earth.
Until recently Germany consumed significantly more wine than they do today and that demand was generally for less expensive wines so it’s not surprising that the remaining varieties planted in Germany have generally been known more for their reliable yields rather than their fine quality. Muller Thurgau and Sylvaner have slowly moved beyond their bulk production roots as demand diminished and the vineyards were thinned leaving only the top site for these varieties. Today they help, along with expanding vineyards of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay, to satisfy Germany’s increasing thirst for crisp, dry white wines.