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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Josef Friederich

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

  • Weingut Eugen Wehrheim

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

  • 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...

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

    A poet once said, the vineyard is the birthplace of wine and the wine-growers and cellar masters ...

  • 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

  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate 2014

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    Mild acidity, with flavors of dried apple, ripe pear and melon that are well-spiced. Read More

    Wine review by Hank


  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Kabinett Blue Slate 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Stubs66


  • Becker Estate Pinot Noir Pfalz 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by baileyshell


  • Schmitt Sohne Riesling Auslese 2014

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    If your looking for a inexpensive sweet riesling for a family gathering, go no further. Sweet, fragrant and easy drinking. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Jist for THOI is searched through about 600 wines from Germany (Many of them overlapping.)  that are available on the internet.  There were less than 10 reds from Germany - only Spatburgunder and Dornfelder.  There were a few Zweigelt from Austria - which is a varietal I find interesting and represents a different wine exoerience.  There were ZE... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for Mosel Reds


  • There is some decent spatburgunder to be had, but has to be had in Germany or Switzerland since it rarely makes it much further than that. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for Mosel Reds


  • Hi. I was recently going through my pictures from Germany along the Rhine in 2000. I drank an awesome red wine there from the Mosel area. This wine tasted almost like fruit juice and was the best I had ever tasted. I don't remember the name and have been unable to find any wine that matched the flavor of that wine. Any suggestions as to where I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for Mosel Reds


  • D, not everything winds up on the internet, at least not via the usual ... ... well as Kloster Eberbach in Germany were actually within the abbeys.  "Clos" and "Kloster" refer to the walls of the abbeys.Cool thing is that I can't complain that these wineries want more than equivalent wines from the Old World cost, because both were under $20, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Peter Brum Liebfraumilch 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by fduran11


  • Ruppertsberger Gewurztraminer Hofstuck Pfalz 2015

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    Wine review by martins2002


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