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

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

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

  • Weingut Mönchhof

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

  • G&M Machmer

    Mit Liebe, Engagement & ökologischer Wirtschaftsweise werden wir dem Anspruch nach gesunder und b...

  • 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

  • Schloss Vollrads Estate Riesling Kabinett Rheingau 2014

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    Warm and fresh, floral and fruity aromas of apricot, green apple, rose petals and that classic Riesling petrol on the nose. Clean, zesty and approachable on the palate, this delivers a full acidity alongside lemon and grapefruit citrus notes that melt into the long finish where a creamy lemon pith mingles with a hint of pineapple and tangerine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Agreed Amour. There's no harm to it and often a nice upside.D - I ... were ... ... were the sweet ones from Germany, Hungary, and Spain.Italy was a third world country until well after WW2. Spain too. Those people weren't sitting around pondering what they're going to get for their next tattoo or how to pair a certain preparation of the local ... Read More

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  • Blue Fish Riesling Pfalz 2014

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    Light lemon and petrol aromas. Simple and fresh on the palate with notes of lemon and melon and a crisp minerality. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Clean Slate Riesling 2015

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    Clean green apple and lemon aromas. Lightly effervescent and fruity on the palate with mineral freshness, floral peach and melon notes and a finish of blossom and honey. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Weingut Fritz Windisch Heimersheimer Rotenfels Dornfelder 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by yatesimpson


  • Weingut Fritz Windisch Heimersheimer Rotenfels Dornfelder 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by yatesimpson


  • CHEERS!Quickly to say that you have more options than you can imagine!Your Pork ... suggestions.RIESLINGS from Germany.MELOT from Central Valley, CHILE.CHARDONNAY from Cote d'Or, Franc Read More

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  • DMT, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  We hope you hang around.Al's ... ... famous Rieslings come from Germany.  I might suggest that you look for one that has "Spatlese" or "Auslese" on the label, but that is not critical.  Other excellent Rieslings come from the Alsace, from New York state, and from Washington state.  Riesling is going to have m... Read More

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  • Weingut Spreitzer Ostricher Doosberg Riesling Kabinett Trocken Rheingau 2013

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    Lovely cooked apple and pear notes float on the nose with classic Riesling phenols. Nice acidity bursts in the mouth with more citrus notes flowing through, mostly pink grapefruit and lemon zest. The high acidity creates a nice puckering feeling on the finish that is mouth watering and juicy, with just the slightest hint of sweetness coming thro... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dr H. Thanisch Mosel Riesling Estate Mosel 2012

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    Cool phenolic Riesling notes on the nose with tangerine, sesame seed and floral blossom notes as well. A bit tart on entry and showing more orange peel and lemon zest through the middle and even a bit of lemon meringue cream towards the finish this is a nice fresh Riesling with more tart than sweet character. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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