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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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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • St. Urbans-Hof

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

  • Weingut Mönchhof

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

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

    Ferdinand Pieroth is a wine producer and importer based out of Burg Layen, Germany. The Pieroth...

  • Josef Friederich

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

  • Weingut Eugen Wehrheim

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

  • Müller-Catoir

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

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Germany on Snooth

  • Christoph Von Nell Riesling Halbtrocken Deutscher Sekt 2002


    Great acidity balanced by some sugar (its off dry). Beautiful peaches on the nose, along with some nutty / marzipan flavors in the mouth. Enough acidity to lead to a crisp finish - really very nice. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Oriel Riesling 2004


    Tried this wine 5/18 in honor of Riesling Week. It had all of the flavors I was looking for-- white peach, grapefruit, citrusy vibrancy and none of the overwhelming sweetness. I would consider this a Kabinett or maybe Spatlese riesling made in a dry style, probably one of the nicest I've tried recently. Read More

    Wine review by The Red Grape

  • Gunderloch Riesling Spätlese Nackenheim Rothenberg 2002


    No written review

    Wine review by vigilantwinecellars

  • Xyz 1998


    Chewy, full bodied and non-bitter tannins with a meaty chestnut finish give this bully of a red the big shoulders to stand up to any Chicago pizza, Beef Wellington or just a decent hunk of blue veined Stilton or Roquefort. Comes on strong, but this brute's big hands don't leave you with a full or acid stomach. He keeps charming with an earthy ... Read More

    Wine review by CarolineSexton

  • Ars Vitis 2000


    No written review

    Wine review by interficio

  • Dirmsteiner Schwarzerde Kerner Spatlese Pfalz 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Kaycee

  • Peter Brum White Blend Goldsparkler 2008


    What a great sparkling wine for the price. they have an informative website peter brum make great sekt and also riesling. we bought it for a wedding present and they loved it! highly recommended Read More

    Wine review by tampawineguy

  • Sun Garden Riesling 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by tenzinaire

  • Bend In the River Pink NV


    this is a lovely rose wine Read More

    Wine review by michelleo

  • Latitude 50 Pinot Noir 2006


    Not good, Germans should stick to Riesling. Read More

    Wine review by Jacopo

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