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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

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

  • J&H Selbach Weinkellerei

    In our family, two businesses are under one roof: One is our prestigious “Weingut “, or, “Domaine...

  • Müller-Catoir

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

  • 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...

  • Moselland

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

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Germany on Snooth

  • Dönnhoff H. Riesling Kabinett Nahe Oberhäuser Leistenberg 1998


    Lovely and still wonderfully fresh. Showing slate and mineral rain water notes on the nose with tangerine rind, limeade and white peach fruit on the light but so wonderfully balanced palate. Finishes with good length. A bit weightier and also a bit more youthful than the last bottle. A lovely Kabinett drinking very well with a decade of positive... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Rudolf Fürst Müller-Thurgau Pur Mineral 2007


    Müller-Thurgau's reputation suffers from ruthless producers who grow it for its high-yield and early ripening. However, there are some fine out there made from Müller-Thurgau and Fürst's "Pur Mineral" 2007 is one of them. It has a light floral and citrus nose, youthful and invigorating. It's bone dry on the palate, has a wonderfully light body ... Read More

    Wine review by DerKellermeister

  • G&m Machmer Gewürztraminer Spätlese Bechtheimer Stein 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by greatwine55

  • Schmitt Söhne Riesling 2007


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    Wine review by missfrancesca

  • Riesling Dr. L Dr. Loosen 2007


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    Wine review by skieser

  • Riesling Spatlese Saarburger Rausch Forstmeister Geltz Zilliken Mosel Saar Ruwer Germany 1992


    Most of the mature Rieslings I drink are wonderful, but a few seem to suffer from the same odd trait: The nose will be perfect and welcoming, but on the palate the fruit will be gone and dominated by the acidity. Even though this was a Spatlese, there was very little hint of any sort of sweetness.Alas.Still, an under performing mature Riesling i... Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot

  • Gunderloch Riesling Spätlese Nackenheim Rothenberg 2002


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    Wine review by stickyriver

  • Weingut Baumann Riesling Auslese Oppenheimer Sackträger 1992


    My favorite meal recently seems to Peking duck and a mature Riesling with a little age on it. This wine fit the bill perfectly. The nose was gorgeous, rich, floral, and honeyed. The palate was ideal for food: a bit of sweetness and fullish body coupled with very crisp acidity.Brilliant.(we drank this in 2008) Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot

  • Weingut Eduard Hauth Kerpen Riesling Kabinett Wehlener Sonnenuhr 1996


    We just had this wine in 2009.First off, the nose is absolutely beautiful. Rich and fragrant and honeyed with a tiny bit of petrol. Unfortunately, I knew that this bottle had been stored badly and on the palate it was pretty gone. Very little flavor and just the bracing acidity.I'm looking for another bottle. Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot

  • Wine Trivia1)Put these bottles in the correct order from smallest to ... was ... was found inA.MesopotamiaB.GermanyC.PeruD.China4)The worlds oldest wine bottle dates fromA.2000 BCB.325 ADC.46 BCD.1110 AD5)The worlds oldest full bottle of wine dates fromA.1210B.1644C.1321D.14726)The most ever spent on a bottle of wine. A.$160,000B.$250,000C.$10... Read More

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