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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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...

  • Ahr

  • Baden

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

Popular Wineries in Germany View all

  • Weingut Eugen Wehrheim

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

  • 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...

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

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

  • St. Urbans-Hof

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

  • Moselland

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

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Germany on Snooth

  • Schmitt Söhne Riesling 2007


    Well balanced and full of flavor, yet crisp or light. Very pleased with this Riesling and will return to it often! Read More

    Wine review by davidhwilkerson

  • Schmitt Söhne Riesling 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Zinnful

  • Well we did it. It's official, Open that Bottle Night will celebrate its tenth ... tenth ... Coast Pinot NoirGermanyWierd and Wacky!Thanks everybody - Can't wait to see you al Read More

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  • Mathern Riesling Auslese Niederhäuser Rosenberg 2001


    No written review

    Wine review by bwilhoite

  • Clean Slate Riesling 2007


    I was delighted to find a Riesling with character! Clean Slate is clean and crisp like granny smith apples without being too sweet (thank God for that), and has a pleasant lingering finish. I paired it with an Thai peanut salad, but I would also enjoy it with sushi, spicy wings, or any zesty salad. Heck, it has enough character to stand on its o... Read More

    Wine review by kizmequick

  • Riesling Dr. L Dr. Loosen 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by lacrizzle

  • Dönnhoff H. Riesling Kabinett Nahe Oberhäuser Leistenberg 1998


    Fresh citrus, mostly grapefruit on the nose. Off dry, with warm apples and pears and a hint of fresh spice. Finish is short with a bit of citrus. A super refreshing, delicious wine. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Dönnhoff H. Riesling Kabinett Nahe Oberhäuser Leistenberg 1998


    Very very nice - excellent acidity, extremely racy, intense minerality. Sweet (8% give or take) yet has the acidity to come off as tart. A fantastic wine Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Seeberger Riesling


    No written review

    Wine review by Hapy2cu

  • Weingut Günther Steinmetz Mülheimer Sonnenlay Riesling Feinherb 2007


    That animal nose. How wonderfully dirty it is. Why do I come here and why do I hang around? Stefan Steinmetz's wines are so silent and yet have so much to say. The Mülheimer Sonnenlay Feinherb 2007 is "only" a QbA (good for us, because it means a lower price level) and yet the wine is so expressive of the grape variety and the soil it's been gro... Read More

    Wine review by DerKellermeister

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