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...

  • 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...

  • Dornfelder

    History of the grape: Dornfelder was created in 1955 by German oenologist August Herold at the Weinsberg wine institu...

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 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 ...

  • Josef Friederich

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

  • J&H Selbach Weinkellerei

    In our family, two businesses are under one roof: One is our prestigious “Weingut “, or, “Domaine...

  • Moselland

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

  • Graff Family Vineyards

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

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Germany on Snooth

  • Dr. Beckermann Auslese Rheinhessen 2012


    Just love this wine! I saved a bottle. It was 2008 and bought from Trader Joes. Read More

    Wine review by kerrypaymann

  • Helmut Hexamer Riesling Kabinett Nahe Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg 2004


    by the glass at gramercy tavern - pretty bad, felt weirdly watered down. Read More

    Wine review by MTripp

  • D - It's wine regulation talk!Can't chaptalize in CA. Why? Well, when ... regions.Can't acidify in Germany. Why? Well, it's pretty cold there and you're lucky the grapes ripen so there's always going to be good acidity.Whoops! "Crap. Just had a record hot year!!! (2003). Let's change the law for this year.""OK."Can't acidify in Burgundy if you... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Year Label?

  • Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Josephshofer Riesling Kabinett 2012


    (Past tasting 25 Nov 2013) Silvery sheen. Lemony with honey notes. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Mark - barrels are a whole subject unto themselves. The go-to guy for info ... ... ... parts of France, Italy, Germany, Hungary, etc. So in Italy they might use Slavonian oak, which is cheaper than the stuff from France. In Spain they used American oak in Rioja, and of course in Hungary and Austria they used their native oak. Some of the spec... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak

  • Shine Heinz Eifel Riesling 2012


    White holiday spice and fig aromas with tea leaf and banana on the nose. Bordering on off-dry, this is still a dry wine with a hint of sweetness driven by white grape and peach juice, allspice and star anise. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Schloss Vollrads Riesling Qba Rheingau 2012


    Delicious riesling with a wonderful balance. Delightful and delicate mango flavor. Read More

    Wine review by oxomaikaioxo

  • Bethel Heights Chardonnay Estate Grown 2012


    Nice and smooth. Light. Read More

    Wine review by runningbear

  • Gerd Anselmann Pfalz Riesling Kabinett 2012


    This wine was highly touted in a major wine magazine as a 90 point wine. The wine is dilute, simple, short finish, with apple notes and honey but not much else. Lacks acid. My rating 79-80. Whoever rated this a 90 is either corrupt or has no business rating wines. Wasted my money. Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Graf Von Schonborn Schloss Schonborn Riesling Qualitatswein Trocken Graf Von Schonborn Riesling 2010


    Clean, almost sterile white grape, peach and green apple aromas with a touch of honey. The palate is ripping with acidity, more green apple and watermelon, lemon and lime. It's quite dry, with a floral note of crushed sunflowers and white pepper. The nice long finish comes with more lemon notes and a bit of yeast. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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