Besides these two most important types of grape you can also find Kerner, Silvaner (Sylvaner), Scheurebe, Bacchus, Ruliinder (or Grauburgunder/Pinot Gris), Morio-Muskat, Huxelrebe, Faberrebe, Gutedel (Chasselas), Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Ortega, Elbling, Roter Traminer, Ehrenfelser, Optima, Reichensteiner, and Perle for German wine. The dominant blue grape is Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir), followed by Blauer Portugieser, Blauer Trollinger, Müllerebe (Pinot Meunier), Dornfelder, Lemberger, and Heroldrebe.

German wines are characteristically fruity in a refined way with relatively low alcohol, even with dry wines.

 German Wine Map

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German Wine regions

Germany's wine regions are mainly situated to the north of the Bodensee (on the Swiss border) to the Ahr, north of Koblenz on the one hand and also with two small regions around Dresden and south of Halle on the other. There are thirteen wine regions in all, eleven in the south west and two in the east.

Each German wine region produces several different types of wine, with the taste and style being related to the soil, microclimate, capabilities, wine maker's preferences, and also of course the demands of the market.

To deal with every type of German wine is an impossible task. Instead this book provides general guidance about the taste and styles of the majority of wines from the different regions. In general one can deem that the more northern and eastern wines are mainly light, mildly fruity, with subtle bouquets and taste, and sharper acidity.


German Baden Wine

German Wine GrapesThe German wine region of Baden is in the south-east of Germany, forming a fairly long strip from the northern shore of the Bodensee by way of the famous Black Forest... Read more about German Baden Wine

German Württemberg Wine

German Wine GrapesThe vineyards of Württemberg are situated on hills above the Neckar and its tributaries. 

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German Rheingau Wine

German Wine GrapesThe Rheingau is not only the geographical centre of the German wine industry, but also its historic centre.

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German Rheinpfalz Wine

German Wine GrapesRheinpfalz is the most French of all the German wine regions.

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German Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

German Wine GrapesThis widely known wine region stretches itself out along the Saar, Ruwer, and the Mosel rivers, from Saarburg by way of Trier to Koblenz.. 

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German Saxony Wine

German Wine GrapesThis is one of the 'new' wine regions of Germany in the former East Germany. Together with the other 'new' region of Saale/ Unstruut they form the most northerly of the German wine areas.

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 The German wines of the south are generally fuller and have more powerful tastes and bouquets but milder acidity. The most important characteristics ofthe regions is listed in German Regions, running from south to north.