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...

  • 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...

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...

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  • 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...

  • Moselland

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

  • 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...

  • Weingut Eugen Wehrheim

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

  • G&M Machmer

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

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Germany on Snooth

  • Heinz Eifel Riesling Kabinett Mosel 2013


    Baked green apple and brie sandwiches on the nose with gooseberries and pear. Palate has a touch of sweetness, and the low alcohol on this wine might be a reason here. Theres a fantastic tangerine and green apple juice quality to the palate that makes this very easy to drink and pleasant, yet theres still enough acidity to keep the wine in balan... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Dr. Fischer Estate Riesling Mosel 2013


    Tight and fresh, with a hint of classic Riesling minerality, peach and nectarine on the nose. Bordering on sweet in the mouth, with full bodied, round notes of peach, lemon and honeydew melon, touches of grapefruit and a clean steely finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • I pegged number 3 as Piedmont.The first picture looks awful familiar, I'm ... feel dumb to miss it.ill say Germany for #5Monterey for bonus CAVeneto, or more obscure Italian for the extra bonu Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard

  • Dear CommunityToday I want to introduce you(sorry for my bad english) to a very ... estate of Burg Hornberg in Germany, the second oldest vineyard in the world. Prior to short what the situation and cultivation. Then on the actual wine.All vines grow on limestone soils that are very stony and therefore need a strong root system develop in order... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Dr. H. Thanisch Muller-Burggraef Riesling Mosel Feinherb 2013


    Peach, petrol and sage aromas with light citrus notes. There's a slight sweetness on the attack that crowds out the palate but mellows quickly into apricot and peach flavors. A bit of herb, green apple, and honeysuckle. The finish is clean Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Dr. Loosen Doctor L Dr. L Riesling 2013


    Dr. Loosen has attached his revered surname to this introductory wine and it almost never disappoints for value; this vintage is no exception - this slightly off-dry Mosel is a cut above the usual with a nice pear-like scent and apple-pear flavours. You could drink this all night at the appropriate (possibly youthful) venue. Good Mosel template... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Altschuh Erben Spatburgunder Cabernet Sauvignon Pfalz Trocken Doppelstuck 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Schloss Vollrads Estate Kabinett Rheingau Riesling 2011


    Picked this up at Jubilation. Opens with interesting scent of spice and vanilla, then moves toward honey, peach, apricot, kiwi, and a slight white pepper spiciness. On the sweet side, but wonderfully balanced, round and smooth. Had alone, but suspect it would be fantastic with food. Terrific price point for the quality. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Becker Landgraf Riesling Trocken 2011


    Binny's 4/2015. The 2015 Riesling experiment continues. Successfully. I loved it. Ask your wine merchant to show you the way to dry German/French/Alsace Riesling. It took me forever to ask, but glad I did. Just a rookie so I will continue to ask. German difficult to comprehend on your own, and yes I understand Trocken, but still. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Weingut Nahe Hexamer Riesling "Porphyr" 2012


    Binny's 4/2015. A real tasty meatball. Started out a little fizzy and had great flavor with just a hint of sweetness that added to it's appeal. Generally I hate sweet alcoholic drinks, but this was maybe more fruity than sweet. Slowly learning to like certain Rieslings. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

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