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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

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

  • Müller-Catoir

    Surprisingly flavoursome; full-bodied and very racy, rich in extract and with a fruity acidity st...

  • Graff Family Vineyards

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

  • St. Urbans-Hof

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

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

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

  • 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...

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Germany on Snooth

  • Dr. Loosen Dr. L Mosel Riesling Qba 2012


    After seeing this QbA get rave reviews in the Wine Spectator, I decided to try it. Citrus nose and good acid but this wine lacks the perfume of a 91 point wine. It also lacks the richness and fruit of a good German Riesling. Somewhat simple and not worth the money. Your money would be better spent on a $15 Kabinett. My rating-- 86 Read More

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Dr. Lossen Dr. L Mosel Riesling 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by Zuiko

  • Grans-Fassian Riesling Auslese Trittenheimer Apotheke 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by jewelsies

  • Hey Aura,I am actually now the newest Snoothling I think (my term, so ... love with some whites from Germany.  Having said that, there are some great CA whites but you need to experiment.In terms of German wines, it would be good to know what varietal and the alcohol/sweetness level you find best.  By far most of the German wines you find in th... Read More

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  • S.a. Prum Essence Riesling 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • You should drink what you enjoy but keep an open mind. Don't drink what ... ... 164,000 square miles and Germany is only slightly smaller, so both are huge.In addition, there are cold high mountains, foggy coastal regions, and hot desert, all of which produce vastly different kinds of wine.  Finally, there are literally thousands of California... Read More

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  • Schmitt Sohne Rheinhessen Eiswein Germany 2002


    wonder full fullness in the mouth, rich grape with hints of low acid raspberry and cherry tartness. even one new to tasting wine will enjoy this. Read More

    Wine review by 334dave

  • Januik Winery Merlot Klipsun Vineyard 2011


    Coffee beans and a bit of steeped herb and earth frame the deeply plummy and almost slightly gamy fruit on the nose. This is a relatively big wine, that remains light on its feet. the rich fruit is supple on entry but nicely underpinned by fine acids and ripe tannins, revealing intense fresh plummy fruit with a hint of black currant on the midp... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Markus Molitor Trabener Wurzgarten Auslese Trocken 1991


    10,5% -Acidity 9,4 - RS 5,7 Read More

    Wine review by holly75

  • Seven Hills Ciel du Cheval Vintage Red 2011


    This shows impressive intensity on the nose with layers of crushed rock, black pepper, and pencil shavings under huge red and black currant fruit all topped with vanilla, wood spice. The classic iron fist in the velvet glove, this shows plenty of weight and tannic driven the palate, with bright acids supporting fabulous herb inflected red curra... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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