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...

  • Ahr

  • Baden

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

Popular Wineries in Germany View all

  • St. Urbans-Hof

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

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

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

  • Graff Family Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Spätlese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Graacher Himmelreich 2005


    What a wine! Excellent and should age well for a couple of years if you can wait that long! Read More

    Wine review by jkobrzycki

  • Starling Castle Gewürztraminer 2006


    This is a good wine to start with for those just getting into wine. It's sweet, full of citrus and melon, and not dry at all. Read More

    Wine review by abottleatatime

  • Trollinger Mit Lemberger Qualitätswein Rouge 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Werner

  • Schäfer-Fröhlich Riesling Halbtrocken 2004


    I have not had very many Riesling but I must say that this one has left wanting to try more in the future. Very light golden color and light to medium bodied. Hints of tropical fruits on the nose and tastes of apple and citrus that lasted throughout. Finish was somewhat abrupt but left you wanting to take another sip. This wine was paired with s... Read More

    Wine review by tabednar

  • So my monthly blind tasting group met this week to sample 2007 German ... most ... most vintages, producers in Germany are happy to get 100 days of hang time. In 2007 most producers saw 120-150 days!Hang time is not, of course, the end all in any vintage. 2007 saw a cool, yet not cold summer, with enough rain when it was needed and a fine, sun... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2007 German Kabinetts tasted...

  • Schmitt Söhne Riesling 2004


    This is one of the smoothest tasting, bargain priced wines I've ever tasted. Because it is slightly sweet, it is perfect for winning over "wine newbies." Read More

    Wine review by Neshand

  • Kurt Darting Riesling Kabinett Dürkheimer Nonnengarten 2007


    Very intense on the nose, a combination of tropical fruits, waxy Star fruit and passion fruit then an underlay of sultanas, dried orange zest and a honied, nutty sweet note of toasted hazelnuts. A little botrytis? Sweet and syrupy in the mouth. This is soft and flabby with nice mineral tones but no shape in the mouth. It is exotic in the mouth a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett 2007


    This has a lovely balance of green herb, green onion, lemon curd, and salt air tones. At first this seems soft and diffuse if richly fruited but some time in the glass allows this to come together nicely. This gains length and depth as the apricot, orange rind and green apple peel fruit comes into focus. There are nice spice tones on the backend... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Weingut Josef Leitz Riesling Kabinett Rüdesheimer Klosterlay 2007


    Tight and not giving much on the nose this open slowly offering hint of grapefruit and granite dust. A sweet yet lean attack is followed by a poised mid-palate with nice cut. The acid here really is deftly integrated supporting nice length and thrust on the finish which offers up a nice melange of mineral and floral tones that end with a minty f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • 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

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