German wine

Discover Germany’s white and red wines

German wine comes from 13 regions recognized as regulated and controlled appellations of origin. The German wine from these regions is called "Qualitätswein" or quality wine. The most common grape variety is Riesling, followed by Müller-Thurgau. The most renowned wines come from regions close to the banks of the Rhine which cross Germany.

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Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2018

A Pinot Gris produced in stainless steel, oak and cement

Germany   VDP Pfalz (Palatinate)

Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2018
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Price £11.40
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Dr. Loosen Gray Slate 2019

A classic Riesling from Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Germany   VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Mosel)

Dr. Loosen Gray Slate 2019
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Price £9.89
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Geltz Zilliken Butterfly Riesling 2019

A Riesling from Mosel vinified in foudres

Germany   VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Mosel)

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£13.14
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Sybille Kuntz Organic Orange 2018

Orange intensity

Germany   VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Mosel)

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£23.60
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Price £24.66
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A. J. Adam Hofberg Riesling Kabinett 2018

A Riesling from the Moselle that is fresh and balanced and with a little...

Germany   VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Mosel)

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Price £18.54
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Wittmann Trocken Tonel 6 2018

A classic, biodynamic Riesling from the Rheinhessen region

Germany   VDP Rheinhessen (Rheinhessen)

Wittmann Trocken Tonel 6 2018
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£18.58
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Price £19.36
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S.A. Prüm Essence 2019

Germany   VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Mosel)

S.A. Prüm Essence 2019
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£11.76
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Price £12.21
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Fritz Haag Riesling Trocken 2018

A fresh and mineral Riesling from the Moselle

Germany   VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Mosel)

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£17.72
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Sybille Kuntz Kabinett Trocken 2016

A dry, aromatic and elegant top quality Riesling

Germany   VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Mosel)

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£21.06
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Price £22.09
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Ratzenberger Caspar R Riesling 2018

An intense and balanced Riesling from the Mittelrhein

Germany   VDP Mittelrhein (Mittelrhein)

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£12.69
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Künstler Riesling Trocken 2019

Künstler Quality

Germany   VDP Rheingau (Rheingau)

Künstler Riesling Trocken 2019
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£15.59
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Price £16.30
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Von Winning Dragon Riesling 2019

A Riesling from Pfalz to enjoy time and time again

Germany   VDP Pfalz (Palatinate)

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£13.18
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Price £13.67
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Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2018

A Pinot Noir aged in barrels and stainless steel tanks

Germany   VDP Pfalz (Palatinate)

Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2018
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Price £11.40
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Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer 2019

A fresh and intense Gewürztraminer from Pfalz with a slight sweetness

Germany   VDP Pfalz (Palatinate)

Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer 2019
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Price £10.97
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Battenfeld Spanier Riesling Trocken 2017

A dry Riesling from Rheinhessen that is, fresh and mineral

Germany   VDP Rheinhessen (Rheinhessen)

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£16.05
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J. Neus Ingelheim Spätburgunder 2016

A Pinot Noir from old Rheinhessen vines aged in barrels

Germany   VDP Rheinhessen (Rheinhessen)

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£19.34
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Geltz Zilliken Rausch Auslese Riesling 2017

A sweet, balanced and rounded Riesling with a huge ageing potential

Germany   VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Mosel)

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£55.47
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A. J. Adam Riesling Trocken 2018

A young Riesling from the Moselle

Germany   VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Mosel)

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A. J. Adam Dhroner Riesling Trocken 2016

A dry Moselle Riesling with a light ageing on lees

Germany   VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Mosel)

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£18.17
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Steinmetz Alte Reben Veldenzer 2015

Steinmetz Alte Reben Veldenzer, elegance and tradition

Germany   VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Mosel)

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Germany is winemaking country, and on that is well-known for its white wines. However, they also produce very interesting reds with a light colour and high acidity. German wine in general is known for its freshness, intensity and pleasant perfume. And thanks to its acidity, German wine generally ages very well, especially in the bottle.

German winemakers are often considered to be experts in the art of finding the balance between sweetness and acidity in a wine. Residual sugar and acidity have to work hand in hand to stop the wine from becoming either too sweet, treacly and bland or too strong and sharp. Because of Germany’s location and its cool and rainy climate, vines can struggle to mature, so the grapes are often harvested with very high acidity levels that can only be balanced with a certain amount of residual sugar per litre. That means there is a huge range of German wines with a hint of sweetness.

Historically, Germans have produced wines that are on the sweet side. However, for a few decades now, dry wines have been catching up with sweet wines, which contain residual sugars, and now dry wines account for more than half of all German wine production.

Climate, soils and varieties.

Riesling is the reigning variety in the German vineyard. It grows in the best vineyards in the main wine regions: Moselle, Rheingau, Nahe and Pfalz. The second most popular white grape is Müller-Thurgau, and the third is Silvaner. Silvaner is at its best when grown in clay-limestone soils and the wine it produces is similar to Chardonnay wines from Chablis. And it is worth mentioning that Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder) and Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) are the most popular in Pfalz and Baden. As for red varieties, Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) is most prominent, but there is also the Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet. Now, approximately 35-40% of vineyards are planted with red varieties.

Most German vineyards lie on slopes on river banks, specifically the Rhine river and its two tributaries, the Moselle and the Nahe. Having the rivers nearby helps to moderate temperatures and makes it more difficult for frost to form in the vineyard. The best plots are south or southwest facing to make the most of the sun and allow the grapes to ripen properly.

German vineyards have very diverse soils. The river banks are dominated by slate and on the hills, by clay and limestone. It is worth saying that soils in the Moselle area are very rich in minerals, in Ahr the soils are volcanic and in the Middle Rhine there is a mix of clays and shales.

Quality designations.

Classifying German wines by quality can be a bit confusing. Lets try and make sense of it: Currently, the body in charge of this task is the VDP - Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter, the association of quality producers. This institution represents around two hundred wineries that are considered to be the best in Germany. However, there are some other wineries producing exquisite wines but that preferred not to be part of the group.

Within the VDP, there are the following categories from lowest to highest quality:

VDP Gutsweine, VDP. Ortsweine, VDP. Erste Lage and VDP. Groose Lage.

Within the different categories, wines can be classified by the amount of residual sugar they contain or the production method:

-Trocken: for dry wines.

-Kabinett: light, refreshing and slightly sweet wines.

-Spätlese: meaning late harvest. So these are more mature wines than those labelled Kabinett. They have a good aging potential, lasting over 10 years.

-Auslese: More ripe grapes than Spätlese, sometimes even with noble rot. They age fantastically well.

-Beerenauslese: Sweet wines made from grapes with noble rot.

-Trockenbeerenauslese: very sweet wine made from grapes affected by noble rot.

-Eiswein: made with grapes that have been frozen on the plant. They have high levels of sugar and acidity.

Important German wineries.

Some of the German wineries that are very representative of their regions are Villa Wolf in the VDP Pfalz, Dr. Loosen, A. J. Adam, Günther Steinmetz and Markus Molitor in the VDP Mosel-Saar-Ruwer area and Battenfeld Spanier and Kühling-Gillot from the VDP Rheinhessen.