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 »

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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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Varietals Produced in Germany View all

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Dornfelder

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

  • Pinot Blanc

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

  • Gewürztraminer

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

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...

  • Ahr

  • Baden

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

Popular Wineries in Germany View all

  • Weingut Eugen Wehrheim

    A 600+ year old winery situated in the German Rheinhessen region of the Rhine. Family owned and ...

  • Moselland

    It is a vital to us that we have control over producing our own grapes. From grape to finished wi...

  • Josef Friederich

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

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

    A poet once said, the vineyard is the birthplace of wine and the wine-growers and cellar masters ...

  • Müller-Catoir

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

  • 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

  • Joseph Händler Riesling 2013


    I enjoyed his quite a bit, but I am not sure if I got a little residual sinus headache in the morning. Another bottle would clear up that internal dispute. Nice balance of fruit and acidity. I will give this a higher rating if there is indeed no headache next time. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Starling Castle Sweet Red


    A light smooth red wine to drink with or without food...slightly on the sweeter side, of course. I love to be able to open and close bottle with ease, so I can enjoy bits of this wine from time to time. But the bottle only lasts me 2-3 days. Yummy. Read More

    Wine review by Wine Lover 42246

  • Balthasar Ress Hattenheim Schuetzenhaus Rheingau Riesling 2012


    This good Rheingau vintage (2012) shows nicely in this Kabinett wine from Hattenheim - one of the best Gebiete in the region (Bereich). The colour is copper-yellow with a nose of gooseberry jam and apple sauce. On entry, there is an overlay of icing sugar (dilute) with apple peel, kiwi and gooseberry on the palate. Some petrol notes are in evid... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Nik Weis Urban Riesling 2013


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Well, 2005 was a good or great year in many parts of the world so that was a ... ... vintage. Pretty good in Germany, Austria, and much of Italy too, as well as CA and WA. So 2005s from Rioja and Ribera del Duero should outlast us.And I've just convinced myself what to open tonigh Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law

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    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law

  • Dear CommunityToday I want to introduce you(sorry for my bad english) to a very ... estate of Burg Hornberg in Germany, the second oldest vineyard in the world. Prior to short what the situation and cultivation. Then on the actual wine.All vines grow on limestone soils that are very stony and therefore need a strong root system develop in order... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Castle Hornberg in Germany...

  • Heinz Eifel Shine Gewurztraminer Rheinhessen 2013


    Cayenne pepper, cut grass and green apple aromas. Lemon, green apple, lychee, honey, pear flavors greet the palate, continuing with tangerine and aloe. This may be a bit of an oxymoron, but for a simple wine its quite complex. Between the herbal green notes, warm citrus fruits and long tart finish with a hint of cream, its worth the experience. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Heinz Eifel Riesling Kabinett Mosel 2013


    Baked green apple and brie sandwiches on the nose with gooseberries and pear. Palate has a touch of sweetness, and the low alcohol on this wine might be a reason here. Theres a fantastic tangerine and green apple juice quality to the palate that makes this very easy to drink and pleasant, yet theres still enough acidity to keep the wine in balan... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Dr. Fischer Estate Riesling Mosel 2013


    Tight and fresh, with a hint of classic Riesling minerality, peach and nectarine on the nose. Bordering on sweet in the mouth, with full bodied, round notes of peach, lemon and honeydew melon, touches of grapefruit and a clean steely finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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