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

  • Gewürztraminer

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

  • Dornfelder

    History of the grape: Dornfelder was created in 1955 by German oenologist August Herold at the Weinsberg wine institu...

  • 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...

  • 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

    Ferdinand Pieroth is a wine producer and importer based out of Burg Layen, Germany. The Pieroth...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Weingut Mönchhof

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

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Germany on Snooth

  • Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Riesling Kabinett Saarburger Rausch 2003

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    My previous experience with this particular wine was very disappointing, so I thought I would try my last bottle. This one had a little more excitement upon opening because of some lovely frizzante which was missing on the other bottle. The fragrance is reminscent of lemon peel with a little stone. The flavor combines papaya and apricots with so... Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Zilliken Forstmeister Geltz Riesling Kabinett Saarburger Rausch 2003

    Snoothrank:

    Flabby, one dimensional and not very exciting. Not worth the $15 and change I paid. Very disappointing for a German Riesling. I am hoping it is just this one bottle. I have another so I will try again later this year. [79] Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Weingut Josef Leitz Riesling Dragonstone Rüdesheimer Drachenstein 2003

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    Overwhelming aroma of minerals upon opening. After allowing to sit for about 40 minutes, nice floral and mild citrusy characters begin to shine through. Delicious, well rounded flavor profile with tropical fruits and minerals, dirt, and a very zesty acidity. High sugar levels, but not "sweet". Very nice wine . . . will be holding on to my remain... Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Riesling Spätlese Piesporter Goldtröpfchen 2001

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    Serviceable Riesling, but disappointingly "hollow" flavor. [80] Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Franz Künstler Riesling Spätlese Hochheimer Kirchenstück 2003

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    Nose of citric acid and pineapple - actually smells a bit like beer too! I also think I detected a little clean dirt in the aroma. Very rich tropical fruit taste - mango, clementine, apricots. Terrific, mouth-watering acidity on a very long finish make me feel this would be an outstanding aperitif. Definitely sweet -- but the acidity helps balan... Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Von Schubert Maximin Grünhauser Herrenberg Riesling Auslese #28 2001

    Snoothrank:

    Very pale straw color. Nose is white grape (go figure), white flowers and citrus. Taste was dominated by tangerine with pineapple rounded out with a little stone. Not overly sweet, I initially thought this might be a Spaetlase, and acidity is very refreshing. Very tasty wine, but comparing to other Ausleses I've had, have to score this in the hi... Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Weingut Robert Weil Riesling Spätlese Kiedricher Gräfenberg 2003

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    Very typical pale Riesling color. Nose has a somewhat chemical character with hints of ammonia, citrus and fresh cotton. Very "flinty" nose too. Acidity is bright and lively - from what I hear this is unusual for the 2003 vintage. Flavor is something of a citrusy peach flavor -- but more candied, rich like peaches in simple syrup. This combines ... Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • P.j. Valckenberg Gewürztraminer 2003

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    I have never smelled roses in a wine, but that is absolutely the nose on this wine with a nice spice accent. Flavor profile is orange rind, spice and peaches. I found finish rather short, but pleasant. [84] Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Von Schubert Maximin Grünhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett 2002

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    Nose of yeast, minerals, and mild citrus. Flavor was fresh, simple, fruity with pleasingly sour finish. Acid was comparatively low. Lightly sweet. [85] Read More

    Wine review by jaye


  • Franz Künstler Riesling Spätlese Hochheimer Kirchenstück 2003

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    Nose is hops and candied pineapple. Taste is apricots with a high sugar content (very typical for 2003), but with nice acidity which keeps it from being cloying. Has a long finish of fruit sherbet at the back of the throat. 7% alcohol. Should hold on to this for a few more years, but tastes quite good right now. [92] Read More

    Wine review by jaye


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