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

  • 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 Blanc

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

  • 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...

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  • Baden

      Baden is Germany’s most southerly and warmest wine region, a narrow strip nestled between ...

Popular Wineries in Germany View all

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

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

  • Weingut Eugen Wehrheim

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

  • Weingut Mönchhof

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

  • St. Urbans-Hof

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

  • 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...

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Germany on Snooth

  • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese 2004


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    Wine review by Urox

  • Kerpen Wehl Sonn Kab 2007


    3/26/2009: 2007 Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese * and Auslese *** Auction - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (3/25/2009)TN:2007 Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese * Auction (Versteigerungswein) Bernkasteler Ring Auction 2008AP 2 576562 18 08; 9.0 pabv. Imported via Ewald Moseler Selections/Mitchell Wines, Portland, OR.Estimated cos... Read More

    Wine review by Sweetstuff

  • About this time in 1999, I took an unknowing, impassioned first step into what ... ... in 2001, wine sales in Germany overtook beer consumption and has a penetration rate of 70% of all households. In Australia, a new winery opens every three days.  In the United States, the Yellow Tail brand (from Australia) is the #1 sold import a couple of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ten Years Back (and Forward?)

  • G&m Machmer Gewürztraminer Spätlese Bechtheimer Stein 2007


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    Wine review by Drhine88

  • Selbach-Oster Riesling Auslese Zeltinger Sonnenuhr 2003


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    Wine review by Drhine88

  • G&m Machmer Gewürztraminer Spätlese Bechtheimer Stein 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by The Omnific Chef

  • Nelles Spätburgunder 1479n Ruber 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by deqs311

  • Mönchhof Robert Eymael Riesling Estate 2006


    Served slightly chilled. Floral nose with a strong mineral note. Pear and melon fruit are detectable on the palate. The wine is off-dry with crisp acidity and a light body. The finish lingers for just a moment then leaves cleanly. Totally decent, this is a textbook German style riesling. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Jakoby-Mathy Riesling Kabinett Kinheimer Rosenberg 2006


    I opened a bottle of this nicely priced riesling to accompany my take-out Thai. The nose is characteristic of the Mosel with its honey and lemon zest notes. The nose is elegant yet raises one's expectations a bit in that the mouth is a bit too lean, without much complexity. There is a richness present, evident in the viscous, honey notes, but... Read More

    Wine review by yanakakm

  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Dr. L 2006


    Well balanced sweetness. Fantastic with spicy foods. incredibly drinkable. The notes are a fairly intriguing and a bit difficult to distinguish for me. Slight hints of greens with some fruitiness on the nose. clean and refreshing on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by ehrenfrd

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