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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Popular wines made in Germany under $20

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ahr

  • Baden

      Baden is Germany’s most southerly and warmest wine region, a narrow strip nestled between ...

Popular Wineries in Germany View all

  • J&H Selbach Weinkellerei

    In our family, two businesses are under one roof: One is our prestigious “Weingut “, or, “Domaine...

  • Weingut Mönchhof

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

  • 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...

  • Graff Family Vineyards

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

  • 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...

    Comment by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko


  • Adolph Mueller Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling Spätlese 2009

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    I really enjoy this wine. It is not as sweet at some Riesling Spatlese wines. I have found this wine (vintage year 2013) in Delaware and Virginia but it does sell out fast. Have not been able to find it in New Jersey which is where I live. Still looking for a liquor store that carries it. Read More

    Wine review by stephspi


  • I am nearing three quarters of a century on this planet. I live in the ... ... like Korea and Vietnam- not Germany or France, where I had lived as a teenager Army brat. I left the Army in 1970, and went to work for Delta Air Lines for the next thirty-one  years. Many trips to California, San Francisco, and the occasional ability to visit Napa ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine & Scotch Whisky!


  • D - Chardonnay with lobster is perfect. I guess they suggested PN because that ... the world, so we'll see. Germany has been trying for years but I've yet to have any from Germany or Switzerland that did much for me.DV - it was indeed the 2011. But while that may not have been a great vintage, I'm willing to bet on some of those not-so-great v... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir throwdown


  • Greg, don't even read this!Yesterday I hosted a pinot noir event.  It ... and Hannes, a student from Germany who is staying at my place for the summer.  We had a baguette, olives, Boursin, some crackers and prosciutto.  Began at 2pm. The unvailing fooled everyone.  Nobobdy guessed what was what.The Burrowing Owl was more like a merlot.  It was... Read More

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  • Schloss Schönborn Riesling Kabinett Erbacher Marcobrunn 2004

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    Wonderful yellow-golden color. Fruity with hints of plum and honey Read More

    Wine review by icbang


  • Joseph Händler Riesling 2013

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    I enjoyed his quite a bit, but I am not sure if I got a little residual sinus headache in the morning. Another bottle would clear up that internal dispute. Nice balance of fruit and acidity. I will give this a higher rating if there is indeed no headache next time. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Starling Castle Sweet Red

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    A light smooth red wine to drink with or without food...slightly on the sweeter side, of course. I love to be able to open and close bottle with ease, so I can enjoy bits of this wine from time to time. But the bottle only lasts me 2-3 days. Yummy. Read More

    Wine review by Wine Lover 42246


  • Balthasar Ress Hattenheim Schuetzenhaus Rheingau Riesling 2012

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    This good Rheingau vintage (2012) shows nicely in this Kabinett wine from Hattenheim - one of the best Gebiete in the region (Bereich). The colour is copper-yellow with a nose of gooseberry jam and apple sauce. On entry, there is an overlay of icing sugar (dilute) with apple peel, kiwi and gooseberry on the palate. Some petrol notes are in evid... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Nik Weis Urban Riesling 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Well, 2005 was a good or great year in many parts of the world so that was a ... ... vintage. Pretty good in Germany, Austria, and much of Italy too, as well as CA and WA. So 2005s from Rioja and Ribera del Duero should outlast us.And I've just convinced myself what to open tonigh Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wine Law


  • 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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  • This match will be published in New Zealand between Scotland v Romania.Rugby world cup is a very interesting game than others.The Rugby World cup 2011 is being start after some hours. http://secure.signup-way.com/3785/15...by_Channel_sky http://secure.signup-way.com/3785/15...by_Channel_sky http://secure.signup-way.com/3785/15...by_Channel_s...

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  • This match will be published in New Zealand between Scotland v Romania.Rugby world cup is a very interesting game than others.The Rugby World cup 2011 is being start after some hours. http://secure.signup-way.com/3785/15...by_Channel_sky http://secure.signup-way.com/3785/15...by_Channel_sky http://secure.signup-way.com/3785/15...by_Channel_s...

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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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