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 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...

  • Ahr

  • Baden

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

Popular Wineries in Germany View all

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

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

  • Moselland

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

  • Weingut Mönchhof

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

  • Müller-Catoir

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

  • St. Urbans-Hof

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

  • Weingut Eugen Wehrheim

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

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Germany on Snooth

  • Max Ferd. Richter Peisporter Michelsberg Riesling 2005

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    Not overly syrupy sweet. Honeysuckle, honeydew flavors. Well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • I'd recommend to check  Moldovan winery such as Cricova or Milestii ... that it's quite far from Germany and Franc Read More

    Forum post in the topic One Day in Europe for Wine...


  • Hi everyone-Though I have lived in Oregon for the past 27 years, I started this ... this ... in Paris, London, Germany, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Idaho, Wyoming, the Miami area, and soon, in Australia and Minneapolis. And more. My web page is www.kelleyfoxwines.com. The "Burgundian" shirt in the photo was given to me by my dear, dear friend,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Von Hovel Oberemeler Hutte Spatlese 2005

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    Oberemmel Hutte 2012 Riesling Eiswine Read More

    Wine review by ytcx


  • Blue Nun Riesling Eiswein 2007

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    Excellent riesling Icewine Read More

    Wine review by hoffert


  • Blue Nun Riesling Eiswein 2007

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    Great! Read More

    Wine review by hoffert


  • Weingut Spreitzer Ostricher Doosberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken Rheingau 2013

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    Lovely cooked apple and pear notes float on the nose with classic Riesling phenols. Nice acidity bursts in the mouth with more citrus notes flowing through, mostly pink grapefruit and lemon zest. The high acidity creates a nice puckering feeling on the finish that is mouth watering and juicy, with just the slightest hint of sweetness coming thro... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Thank you Richard, great advise.. I will probably skip the coast region on this ... lately as my mother lives in Germany half an hour from the french border (and 20 minutes from the Mosel!!). So there will be another possibility soon to visit this area. So for wine I will concentrate on Cab Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc on this trip..... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Loire Valley in July


  • Johann Falkenburg Riesling 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by Dpupo


  • Weingut A. Christmann Riesling Trocken Pfalz 2013

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    Honeyed notes are lightly floral on the nose with elegant classic phenolics. Juicy pear and lemon notes on the mouth, quite dry and full bodied, with hints of pineapple and zesty acidity through the mid palate, landing on peach and citrus with pleasant minerality. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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