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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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

  • 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...

  • Weingut Mönchhof

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

  • Weingut Eugen Wehrheim

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

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

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

  • St. Urbans-Hof

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

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Germany on Snooth

  • Nein Lives Riesling 2013

    Snoothrank:

    A great light, crisp but smooth everyday Riesling for just sipping, making a delicious summer Sangria or with fish/pasta dishes. Read More

    Wine review by tanyadee


  • So JD, GT or Diego, when should we drink that 2012 Dr. Thanisch Riesling ... ... ... up in the 'Wines of Germany' wine / cheese class a few weeks ago?  Maybe a few more years or next week?&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wines


  • Well, the grapes for ice wine are harvested much later than the first frost. ... around 35 brix or higher. In Germany they make both, but it pretty much depends on the location of your vineyard and most of all, the weather.In general you don't want to freeze botrytized grapes as those are already concentrated. Ice wine is basically made from a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ice Wine


  • If a CA Riesling is ever going to better a German, than 2011 would be the year. ... a bad year to take a shot at Germany (in 2010 Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • Well, the Germans do like to include the various titles. As you get them, you ... close to a decent one from Germany. I'd think it would be more likely to find one from New York, Michigan, Idaho, etc. I'm going to try a Montelena if I can ever find one.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • RBA, GregT, great lead in for my post. We did a little side by side last night ... ... Dr.'s making wine in German Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • Well Al, most of the wine in Germany is white and most of that is Riesling, although of course there are other whites - Schuerbe, Sylvaner, etc.. They're trying more and more reds but it's not really red country -  Dornfelder, Regent, St. Laurent, Spatburgunder, Zweigelt and others just don't come anywhere close to the whites.But Germany isn't o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • This is becoming an interesting topic, being diverse and yet ... home from a 'Wines of Germany' wine and cheese tasting at our favorite cheese shop (Cheesetique in Del Ray - Alexandra, VA).  As you can see from the attached photos I took, it was mostly Rieslings and most were slightly sweet.  The first wine was actually a red, the varietal call... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • I should say that we've only been interested in collecting wine in a wine ... ... Brazil, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Iceland, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.  The worst wine we have ever tasted was made in Vietnam.  The best wine we have ever tasted was made in Napa Valley (Barnett)... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • Carl Adelseck Rheinhessen Eiswein-Germany 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by msfabulous333


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