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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Varietals Produced in Germany View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • 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...

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

  • Josef Friederich

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

  • Graff Family Vineyards

    The grapes for these wines come from the small Graff and Antle vineyards on the Chalone Bench wit...

  • Weingut Mönchhof

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

  • 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,...

  • G&M Machmer

    Mit Liebe, Engagement & ökologischer Wirtschaftsweise werden wir dem Anspruch nach gesunder und b...

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Germany on Snooth

  • Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Riesling Spätlese Ürziger Würzgarten 2001


    Sweet and very mineral. Oily and viscous with great petrol flavors. Well aged, yet still sprightly acidic with a bit of a spritz too. Great. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Schloss Johannisberger Grunlack Spätlese Rheingau 1971


    Deep amber with a very madirized nose - thickly sweet and oxidized. Retains good acidity and some of the minerality, and even has a touch of fruit (green apples). Very nice to try, but clearly past its prime.Oh...and my 1,000th wine reviewed on Snooth! Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Schloss Johannisberger Grunlack Spätlese Rheingau 1971


    While obviously past it's prime, this was relatively low fill bottle, the nose still offered up notes of bookbinder's glue, parchment, chipped varnish and old dried orange peel with an over-arching depth of maderized tones. In the mouth the wine presented a distinctly fresher profile with it's vibrant acidity supporting a touch of fresh apple fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Louis Guntrum Dry Riesling 2006


    "Fine pale lemony yellow, floral, slightly spicy and hints of dry honey ont he nose; rich and smooth (...), nice clean fruit and good regional expression.", comments Steven Spurrier.This DRY Riesling cannot be compared with any of the wines recommended below as "similar wines", since this Riesling is DRY, whereas all the wines recommended below ... Read More

    Wine review by guntrum

  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Blue Slate 2006


    Lively lemon flavors, with the acids well balanced with sweetness. Good mouthfeel. Hints of minerals. Not a lot of complexity, but still very satisfying. Read More

    Wine review by Jack Lynch

  • Freiherr Von Heddesdorff Riesling Trocken 2005


    Very appealing. Bone dry, but with fruit that gives the impression of residual sugar. Strong acid; very bright, steely, with the green apple, citrus, and minerals common to Mosel. A very good value. Read More

    Wine review by Jack Lynch

  • Blue Nun Riesling 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by FISHERE

  • Schlink Haus White Blend Auslese 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by FISHERE

  • Weingut Losen-Bockstanz Riesling Kabinett 2004


    This Riesling has a smooth fruity taste which is not too sweet, and compliments a white meat dinner such as chicken or pork. Would highly recommend it to thosewho prefer their Rieslings light, with no sweet aftertaste. This one sure fits the bill. Read More

    Wine review by logandog1515

  • Pfeffingen Riesling Qualitätswein Trocken Gold Cap Pfalz Ungstein Weilberg 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by enroth

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