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 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

  • Ferdinand Pieroth

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

  • G&M Machmer

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

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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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...

    Comment by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko


  • One has to be careful with Sekt... a few big companies like Henkels dominate ... the Sekt you find outside of Germany. But lots of small winemakers in Germany make great "traditional method" Sekt mostly out of Riesling. In Germany those are called "Winzersekt" (meaning they are made by small winemakers, not big companies). Those can be great v... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bubbles - Champagne and...


  • Well D now that there blankdenoir sounds like something I'd like to guzzle ... ... it's so logical that Germany would be the place to do it and yet it's a great example of the marketing that the French have excelled at. I've been to plenty of tastings where German vinters were showing off their wines, and I can't recall any Sekt. Odd.But, I ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bubbles - Champagne and...


  • What you really need to look for, Greg, is that version of champers called ... ... ... snapped up internally in Germany, and doesn't employ the aid of PR machines. Back in the late '70s, early '80s used to order continuous case lots of the stuff, not least because I had a connection. Generally better than any Cava available then. Since then, f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bubbles - Champagne and...


  • Liebfraumilch 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by knolld


  • Liebfraumilch 2011

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    A little sweeter than I prefer but i really like it nevertheless. Read More

    Wine review by knolld


  • Weird thread to revive. Twice no less!Anyhow, I suppose the OP and the other ... banned chaptalization. In Germany, it's hard to ripen grapes, so they banned acidification. In the Loire, it's rainy and gloomy a lot of the time, so you can't irrigate. In the south of Spain and in Washington, it's dry desert so you can irrigate. In Sauternes, th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dry or sweet???


  • Dr. Loosen Riesling Dr L Dry 2014

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    Intriguing cool tropical fruit aromas with banana, papaya and melon and floral notes of rose petal and honeysuckle. Brightly acidic in the mouth and leading with green apple and pear flavors, a hint of melon and a finish that's ever so slightly creamy with notes of lemon zest. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Balthasar Ress Hattenheim Engelmannsberg Rheingau Riesling Trocken 2012

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    Just starting to show the early stages of aging with petrol and sour apple notes on the nose, this very dry (trocken) Hattenheim Rheingau wine enters the mouth with a metallic tinge and some apricot flavours. The lack of any dob of sweetness on the finish may surprise some, but the wine is clean and refreshing if a little nervy. 90 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Karthauserhof Tyrells Edition Riesling Eitelsbacker Karthauserhofberg Spatlese Trocken 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Max Ferd. Richter Peisporter Michelsberg Riesling 2005

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    Not overly syrupy sweet. Honeysuckle, honeydew flavors. Well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • 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...

    Comment by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko


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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.

    Comment by 888720Samuel III 888720 Samuel III


  • 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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