German wine is primarily produced in the southwest of the country, along the River Rhine, and has a mixed reputation. Some consumers associate the country with the world’s most elegant and aromatically pure white wines, while other see the country mainly as the source of cheap, mass-market semi-sweet wines such as Blue Nun.

Germany’s reputation for fine wine is primarily based on wines made from the Riesling grape, an aromatic, acidic grape that has spread from the Rhine region and is now grown all over the world. Riesling wines range from crisp and light to those containing more residual sugar and lower alcohol. Although Germany is primarily known for white wine, red wine production has surged since the 1990s and early 2000s. Light and savory, German reds are made from Pinot Noir, known locally as Spätburgunder (literally, late Burgundian).

Grapes & Regions

Riesling (Mosel, Rheingau, Pfalz)
Pinot Noir (Baden)