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...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Pinot Blanc

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

  • 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

  • G&M Machmer

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

  • St. Urbans-Hof

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

  • 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 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...

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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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  • Heinz Eifel Riesling Auslese Mosel 2016

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    Crisp and creamy, light refreshing aromas of white peach, fresh melon and lemon ice. Off dry and succulent in the mouth and very fruity, showing peach and pear flavors and a lightly tart lemon finish. Juicy and sweet. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gerd Anselmann Riesling Kabinett Rheinpfalz 2016

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    A little sweetness on entry that quickly fades into some tart acidity. The lack of the normal fruit and floral aromas keeps me from rating this wine higher. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Heinz Eifel Riesling Spatlese Mosel 2016

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    Light aromas of peach, melon with a hint of lime. Off dry, juicy and medium-full bodied on the palate with a creamy texture and sweet peach gummy candy flavors with zesty lime pith towards the finish that lifts after a moment to reveal banana, pineapple and green apple fruit. Great for those with a sweet tooth. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Schloss Johannisberger Gelblack Riesling Vdp Rheingau 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvee de l'Ecusson

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    No written review

    Wine review by JuliaOso


  • Wittmann 100 Hills Pinot Blanc Dry Rheinhessen 2015

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    Crisp lemon and white pepper aromas. This is pleasant, easy drinking and fresh flavored with loads of citrus flavor and refreshing acidity, spice and a finish of tart fruit, oak and cream. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Any perspective on this at $24, Greg? J&J Eger, Egri Kékfrankos ... ... (Austria) and Lemberger (Germany)—came to fruition in the mid-2000s and has quickly become one of Hungary’s most celebrated reds.The revival of this wine and region has been met with incredible success. Regarding fame, Eger is arguably a region that outshines its northeast ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Saarstein Riesling Mosel 2013

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    Crisp peach, pear and apple aromas, hints of stony minerality and light citrus. In the mouth, this is full of citrus fruit notes, tart and plush - with tangerine, lemon and grapefruit alongside notes of stone fruit and green apple. Juicy acidity freshens the palate and leaves a creamy texture on the finish where theres a bit of almond, pear and ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Geil Scheurebe Riesling Kabinett Rheinhessen 2015

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    Warm apple and pear aromas are very aromatic with soft delicate floral notes. Juicy and expressive palate of peach, apple and apricot on the palate - richly developed fruit, pleasant minerality and bold acidity create an excellent balance throughout, finishing with a touch of lime zest and off dry sweetness throughout. 91 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Deinhard Riesling Green Label 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mariacurcio


  • 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.

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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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