German Wine

Germany is the producer of some of the most admired wines in the world. These are its Rieslings, both sweet and dry, from top sites and producers. Though these wines typically have the most delicate and elegant of frames, they support incredible intensity, purity of fruit, and nuanced expression of terroir. It’s doubtful that any other wine, except perhaps the greatest Burgundy, can send wine writers into such fits of lyrical frenzy. 

Germany has been known for its great Rieslings for hundreds of years. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the prestige and prices Germany’s Rhine wines equalled those of the best Bordeaux.

Germany is also known for the travesty that is Liebfraumilch. That stuff became common -- but mostly as an export -- after Germany’s wine industry was devastated by two world wars.

Particularly after World War II, many growers adopted early-ripening, high-yielding hybrids such as Muller-Thurgau, which edged out the noble Riesling grape. These low-quality grapes Read more »

Mentor for German Wines

Wendy Crispell

Hi! I am a wine/cheese consultant specializing in tasting events,corporate gatherings. As a mentor I look forward to sharing my special interests in the Loire Valley, Germany, Pinot Noir and unusual varieties with others. As a former chef I <3 pairings!

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Popular wines made in Germany under $20

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Varietals Produced in Germany View all

  • Dornfelder

    History of the grape: Dornfelder was created in 1955 by German oenologist August Herold at the Weinsberg wine institu...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Pinot Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

Subregions of Germany

  • Mosel

    The Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, now called simply the Mosel, is the best-known wine-producing region in G...

  • Pfalz

    he Pfalz is a major German wine-producing region and that country’s rising star. It’s got Germa...

  • Rheingau

    The Rheingau is a major German wine-producing region that is located along the Rhine and Main r...

  • Rheinhessen

      Rheinhessen, or Rhinehesse, is Germany’s largest and most productive wine region. The name...

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  • Baden

      Baden is Germany’s most southerly and warmest wine region, a narrow strip nestled between ...

Popular Wineries in Germany View all

  • Josef Friederich

    The Philosophy Ewald Friederich's outstanding repu¬tation as a winegrower, his love of wines and...

  • Müller-Catoir

    Surprisingly flavoursome; full-bodied and very racy, rich in extract and with a fruity acidity st...

  • Weingut Mönchhof

    Robert Eymael leads since 1994 the Wine Estate. Joke and humor paired with a quality-conscious...

  • St. Urbans-Hof

    Although vineyards had belonged to the Weis family for centuries, Nicolaus Weis (vintage 1905,...

  • G&M Machmer

    Mit Liebe, Engagement & ökologischer Wirtschaftsweise werden wir dem Anspruch nach gesunder und b...

  • Graff Family Vineyards

    The grapes for these wines come from the small Graff and Antle vineyards on the Chalone Bench wit...

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Germany on Snooth

  • What I find really different about German wines is that unlike other countries, the best producers are not all known. In Bordeaux, California, Burgundy, Oregon etc, it is pretty much known who produces the best wines. Even though there are many famous wineries in Germany producing a high quality product, there are many unknown wineries making gr...

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  • Well tradewater, if your neighbors like wine, looks like you have a pretty good ... ... Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and so on! So even though the plural of Bordeaux is Bordeaux, we're letting that slide for now! In the future maybe we'll call you out on it. Welcome though and I'm serious about the invite if you're around and post your thoug... Read More

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  • I received a German bottle of Louis Guntrum - Dornfelder Dry/2011  ... from the Rheinhessen area of Germany.  The description indicates that it's "soft and velvety, impressive fruit flavours, balanced."  This wine is much more than that.  It's clearly a wine that will make you salivate in a good way.  High alcohol 12.5 and garnet red.  Some sa... Read More

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  • Schloss Reinhartshausen Riesling Erstes Gewächs Erbacher Schlossberg 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by SCM42


  • @ DMCKER:Okay. IMHO, the best red swiss wines are made from either Pinot Noir ... ... I prefer Chasselas (in Germany, thiis is called Gutedel). The best Chasselas is coming from the Dézaley vineyard (at the lake of Geneva, near from Lausanne. A very bold vineyard, optimal for getting a lot of sunshine. Also the facr of beeing near from the la... Read More

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  • Welcome BB '58. What kinds of wines did you like from Germany? Read More

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  • Just looking for other interests in finding good wine.  I'm a lover of ... awe, miss my tour of duty in Germany; some of the best sweets on the plane Read More

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  • HiIMHO the best of swiss wines is about Pinot Noir (Valais, Vaud, Grison), ... ... Auslese, Beerenauslese in Germany): I recommend Domaine de Mont d'Or in Pont de la Morge (near from Sion, Valais). Prices about 50 $.- mainly in the french part of Switzerland (Romandie) there are also Chasselas wines (white) available: fruity, light that suite ... Read More

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  • Karl, can you go into more detail about what you drink (or want to drink) from ... Italy, Austria or southern Germany (more or less in that order of incidence).Specifics on good finds in those other areas are always welcome, too.  ;-)Cheer Read More

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  • Hi!My great love is Burgundy, red and white, let's say from the permier Cru ... ... Cru and Grand Cru level. Germany: ther I love dry white Rieslings, priced about 20 - 30 USD: About Portugal: surely vintage port (2011 was a knockout vintage and still priced quite reasonably (but not cheap, let's say 90 $), futher, there are very good wines fro... Read More

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  • Blue Nun Rivaner 2011

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    peach, apricot, floral....fairly mid bodies and sweet....with decent balance. Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • The trend toward trocken in Germany has been going on for over 30 year now and I'm still not impressed. It's as though Germany wants to be Burgundy. It is rare that I taste a great trocken/halb trocken or feinherb wine. They have trouble competing with the warmer climate dry whites. Most drier German white wines have been under ripe and/or lacki...

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  • I spent 6 years in Germany in the Hunsruck mountains at an Air Base in the 1980's and fell in love with the wines from the Mosel, Rhine, and Nahe regions. I would like to find some purveyor of German wines here in Texas that I could purchase some of the wines from those regions consistantly. Anyone with information would be greatly appreciated.

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  • I am looking for a nice Spatlese. I was at a home show in Orlando last month and tried a Germany Spatlese that knocked my off my feet. Can someone recommend me a Spatlese or something sweeter from Germany? Thanks

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