Get to know: German Wines
Our German wine online collection contains a carefully curated selection of wines from winemaker's we love. Get to know more about German wine with our quick guide below:
German wine has a long history dating back to the Roman era. The country is known for its white wines, which account for nearly 67% of the wine produced in Germany. They range from Sweet to dry and many people still associate German wine with sweeter riesling and medium-sweet blends however more wines are being produced in a dry style to suit modern palates. Its an ongoing theme that Riesling is the wine industry's favourite grape and is a wonderful summer wine and very food friendly. Look out for the word 'Trocken' which means dry.
Key Regions for German Wine
Mosel - The Mosel wine region is one of 13 German wine regions for quality wines (Qualitätswein, and Prädikatswein), and takes its name from the Mosel River. The best vineyards are on the south facing slopes of the Mosel and produce superb Riesling wines in a range of sweet to dry styles. If you want to get to know German Riesling, the Mosel is the place to go.
Rheinhessen - The largest region in Germany Wine Country. It is known for its dry Rieslings and Silvaners. Other grape varieties grown here include Spätburgunder, Grauburgunder, Weissburgunder,
Pfalz - The Pfalz wine region is located in the west near to the French border (Alsace), between the foothills of the Palatinate Forest, the densely forested Haardt Mountains, and the Rhine plain. Its location produces a warmer, milder climate that produces wines that are riper and have milder acidity.
Rheingau - The Cradle of Riesling. It is known for its high-quality Rieslings that are often sweet or semi-sweet. Other grape varieties grown here include Spätburgunder, Weissburgunder, Grauburgunder
Key Grape Varieties
Riesling - A grape with naturally high acidity and the potential to be made in dry or sweet styles depending on how it is made. It produces flavours of apple, peach, lime, honeysuckle and can age wonderfully developing notes of honey and petrol.
Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) -a bright a fruity grape that offers flavours of citrus fruit, pears, melons and light nutty notes.
Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir) - produces light elegant, velvety wines with flavors of cranberry and cherry, with subtle earthy notes. Sometimes with a wonderful spice characteristic similar to cinnamon and allspice.