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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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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Moselland

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

  • Weingut Mönchhof

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

  • Weingut Eugen Wehrheim

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

  • 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...

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

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

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Germany on Snooth

  • Blue Nun Riesling 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Monbi

  • Fritz Windisch Riesling Auslese Alsheimer Frühmesse 2006


    We did a wine & food tasting recently and I was surprised how versatile Rieslings can be. This one was not too sweet; it was light, fresh and went very well with a beet salad that we served. Supposedly, Riesling goes with beets, apples, blue cheese, chicken, curries, duck, fish, fruit, ham, pork, salads, scallops, Thai Food, foie gras ... so if... Read More

    Wine review by jalpers

  • Kurt Darting Riesling Kabinett Dürkheimer Nonnengarten 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Cogrady

  • Kerpen Riesling Kabinett Wehlener Sonnenuhr 2007


    Pale yellow in color. Nose has a hint of yeastiness that reminds me of warm wheat rolls. Nose is also sweet and fruity. I expected this wine to be more dry. It's quite sweet--it's almost like a SweetTart candy. It leaves a slight tang on the back of your tongue after swallowing. Long finish. I like it better as an apéritif than will food.... Read More

    Wine review by cahughey

  • Riesling Dr. L Dr. Loosen 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by huryuan

  • Blue Fish Riesling Sweet 2006


    Decent, sweet, reasonably priced Riesling. Read More

    Wine review by bhenak

  • Johann Falkenburg Gewürztraminer 2007


    This is one of the best Gewurztraminer I have ever tasted! It has a sweet honey, citrus aroma. On the tongue, it is not as sweet, lively, acidic, with a soft grapefruit taste that nicely lingers on the palate. Very nice! Read More

    Wine review by dkmrd5

  • Schlossgut Diel Scheurebe Spätlese 2006


    This wine will haunt you. You will think about it over and over with its structure of silk and ribbons of sweetness. Its fruit is a ghost within the richness of its minerality. I think of a winter woods with the blackness of tree trunks and the piercing crispness of an unfrozen stream. Read More

    Wine review by warnersj

  • Von Buhl Armand Riesling Kabinett Pfalz Germany 2005


    Very clear and clean looking, frizzante, this light wine is pretty tasty. The nose delivers an undertone of petrol covered by layers of peach and pineapple that bring to the mouth a lovely ripe stone-fruit flavor accompanied with very nice acidity with a medium-length finish that makes we wish I had some spicy Thai food. When you factor in the p... Read More

    Wine review by tmpape

  • Weingut Josef Leitz Riesling Dragonstone Rüdesheimer Drachenstein 2007


    was missing some of the fruitiness that i like in german rieslings. but not so bad for the price. Read More

    Wine review by evaem

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