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...

  • 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...

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

  • Graff Family Vineyards

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

  • Müller-Catoir

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

  • Josef Friederich

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

  • Moselland

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

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

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

  • Weingut Mönchhof

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

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Germany on Snooth

  • Schäfer-Fröhlich Riesling Kabinett 2007


    Quite effusively perfumed with lime, apple, and golden berry fruit edged with a musky, gingery spice tone and top notes of dried herb, sand and preserved lemons. In the mouth this is very crisp and fresh with nice balance. There seems to be alot of sugar here and white this is big for a Kabinett it remains airy, precise and transparent. At this ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett 2007


    There's alot of sulfur here that gives this a bit of rubber sole, sneakers aromas but the underlying floral, rust, and slate character still shines through. This starts off quite sweet and fairly soft and seems disjointed with a chunky, clumsy feel throughout the mid-palate and a finish that shows a bit of over-ripe banana sweetness. Perhaps wit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Kabinett Graacher Himmelreich 2007


    There is a bit of sulfur here but it can't obscure the apricoty fruit with subtle green plum edges. There are light spice and slate tones that add some complexity here. On entry this is downright succulent with a voluptuous feel that leads to a liquid mineral/quartz midpalate. The backend is very lean and crisp leading to a fine, long, focused m... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Von Hövel Riesling Kabinett Oberemmeler Hütte 2007


    Sharp and dusty on the nose this offers up a balanced array of crisp orchard fruits with notes of apple and unripe peach above the base of dusty earth. Sweet and broad on the attack before the lemon and green apple tones burst through in a bolt of crisp, lean freshness. The finish here is focused and very acid driven giving the impression of a z... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Dönnhoff Kreuznacher Kahlenberg Kabinett 2007


    Really complexity on the nose here with an initial set of mineral, salt and gunpowder aromas that are backed up by a very bright lime candy tone. This closes slowly in the glass but offers lovely dusty slate notes. Sweet up front yet with excellent backing acidity giving this really nice cut. The fruit is fresh orchard/apricot toned on the midpa... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • S.A. Prum Blue Slate Riesling 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by dmm6995

  • Valckenberg Madonna Liebfraumilch 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Drewusc23

  • Turning Leaf Pinot Grigio 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Prosechild

  • Baron de Oña Reserva 1999


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    Wine review by Gustaff

  • Peter Mertes Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling Germany 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by kdlohrey

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