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

  • Weingut Mönchhof

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

  • St. Urbans-Hof

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

  • G&M Machmer

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Weingut Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett Mosel 2015


    Creamy tropical fruit aromas of banana and mango with mixed blossom potpourri and the faintest hint of lemon on the nose. Excellent body and a pleasant zip of acidity support an off dry palate with ripe tangerine and pink lady apple, a bit of citrus again creeping through towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2015


    Brioche and lemon meringue aromas on the nose with a touch of melon and mango. With prickly acidity and off dry sweetness, this is juicy on the palate with ripe grape and apple juice notes, a fresh tangerine mid palate and a candied green apple finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Robert Weil Rheingau Riesling Kabinett Trocken 2015


    Fresh minerality and white blossom notes with a zesty spice, peach and apple fruit on the nose. Good medium high acidity and lemon-lime citrus on the palate with green apple fruit and a clean mineral finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Wittmann 100 Hills Dry Riesling Rheinhessen 2015


    Mineral steeliness, wet slate and lemon notes on the razor sharp, serious nose. A bit softer on the palate but still quite sharp, this brings notes of lemon and green melon, green apple and a bright acidity that keeps the palate zesty, minerally and fresh with a crisp refreshing body and a staccato finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Robert Weil Riesling Tradition 2015


    Clear peach and melon aromas on the nose. Juicy acidity and a fresh lemon zest bite greets the palate with green apple and pear flavors and a tart, brisk finish. There's a vein of floral sweet fruit through the core here that balances the acidity quite well. Very pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé 2015


    Floral cherry and mixed berry aromas. Easy drinking with simple cherry notes on the palate, a hint of medicine and tart cranberry and a violet petal finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Schlink Haus Riesling Spatlese Nahe 2013


    a wonderful Riesling that is pleasant to the palate: not too sweat, not too tart, not too dry. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose Pfalz 2016


    Light watermelon and raspberry aromas are restrained and pleasant. This has a touch of effervescence on the palate, bold cranberry and cherry fruit and a sharp finish of minerality and depth. Refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Dr. Loosen 'Dry' Riesling 2015


    Typical quality in the bottle for the. Orchard florals, apples stone fruit, follow to the palate with additional minerality and acidity create a seriously juicy offering. Great wine for the deck. 89 pts - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Spatlese Urziger Wurzgarten Mosel 2014


    This acclaimed Mittelmosel commune (Ürzig) produces a spicy, sometimes spritz-like, wine from the Grosse Lage vineyard known as Würzgarten. This wine is bursting with candied fruit on the nose... apple, lime and floss; the granny smith apple and prickly finish make for a delicious, semi-sweet treat. Excellent value and overall quality. 91. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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