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

  • Pinot Blanc

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

  • 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...

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 ...

  • 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...

  • St. Urbans-Hof

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

  • Moselland

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

  • 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

  • Loosen Bros. Riesling Dr. L Riesling 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Pulpito

  • Clean Slate Riesling 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by longago2026

  • Schlink Haus White Blend Auslese 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by soychicka

  • Schlink Haus White Blend Auslese 2011


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    Wine review by soychicka

  • Boukenhoutskloof 'The Wolf Trap' 2007


    This wine is not German - it is South African from Franschoek and is an excellent value for the price. It would make an honorable house wine for anyone. A real bargain. It is a South African blend (note the Pinotage) - Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Pinotage (46%), Syrah (6% and Cinsault (8%) Read More

    Wine review by Iboboy

  • Faust 2005


    The rich nose grabs you at the outset. Smoother and more mineral than many cabs. Blackberries are the dominant fruit, but the balance with the minerality was the main draw for me. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Riesling Dr. L Dr. Loosen 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by lkg11

  • Schmitt Söhne Riesling 2007


    A very sweet white wine, perfect for sipping whenever. Read More

    Wine review by missel21

  • Clean Slate Riesling 2007


    Less sweet than most. Best buy given the low price. Read More

    Wine review by whodie

  • Latitude 50 Pinot Noir 2007


    This wine is a great value for pinot noir. From Germany, where they know a bit about growing this grape, this wine has perfect aromas of red fruit plus a very attractive earthiness (I am thinking mushroomy). I am a fan of German Pinot, and this is a bargain being such a good example. Straight up delicious.(on the other hand, I can't seem to find... Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot

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