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...

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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...

  • St. Urbans-Hof

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

  • Josef Friederich

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

  • G&M Machmer

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

  • Müller-Catoir

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

  • 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

  • What I find really different about German wines is that unlike other countries, the best producers are not all known. In Bordeaux, California, Burgundy, Oregon etc, it is pretty much known who produces the best wines. Even though there are many famous wineries in Germany producing a high quality product, there are many unknown wineries making gr...

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  • Ottes Lorcher Krone Riesling Spätlese 2013

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    sweet, honeyed wine, with nose of radish herbs Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Ottes Lorcher Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett 2013

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    sweet, with honey apple notes and a herby nose Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Ottes Rheingau Riesling Classic Feinherb 2014

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    some oyster notes on palate... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • F.B.Schönleber Doosberg Oestrich Riesling Auslese 2015

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    rich syrupy nose. very sweet with sweet apple and mangoes. may pair well with pancakes. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • F.B.Schönleber Hasensprung Winkel Riesling Spätlese 2015

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    closed nose, palate of sweet apples Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • F.B.Schönleber Winkel Riesling Kabinett 2014

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    closed nose, palate of green apples Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • F.B.Schönleber Assmannshausen Spätburgunder 2014

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    clear ruby red, nose of strawberry, nice balance of spices and fruits Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • F.B.Schönleber Oestricher Klosterberg Alte-Reben 2015

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    pineapple citrus nose, with palate of lemon tart and fresh minerals Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • F.B.Schönleber Mittelheimer Edelmann Trocken 2015

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    pineapple citrus nose, with palate of lemon tart and fresh minerals Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Weingut Josef Leitz Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz Riesling Spatlese 2012

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    Classic Riesling phenolics on the nose with pleasant green apple, green melon and warm peach fruit and sweetly floral aromas. This is richly off dry in the mouth with loads of tingling acidity perfectly balancing out the sweetness, fruit flavors of light lime zest, green apple, pineapple and a soft vanilla and tangerine note lingering after the ... Read More

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  • The trend toward trocken in Germany has been going on for over 30 year now and I'm still not impressed. It's as though Germany wants to be Burgundy. It is rare that I taste a great trocken/halb trocken or feinherb wine. They have trouble competing with the warmer climate dry whites. Most drier German white wines have been under ripe and/or lacki...

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  • I spent 6 years in Germany in the Hunsruck mountains at an Air Base in the 1980's and fell in love with the wines from the Mosel, Rhine, and Nahe regions. I would like to find some purveyor of German wines here in Texas that I could purchase some of the wines from those regions consistantly. Anyone with information would be greatly appreciated.

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  • I am looking for a nice Spatlese. I was at a home show in Orlando last month and tried a Germany Spatlese that knocked my off my feet. Can someone recommend me a Spatlese or something sweeter from Germany? Thanks

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