Regional Wine Guide: Germany
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While Germany is undoubtedly a country better known for its beer than its wine, this cooler winemaking country has a long and rich history of producing high-quality wine. It’s renowned for its single varietal wines, many of which have a distinct structure, style and finish. And indeed, it’s not all about Riesling!
The history of German wine is defined by the Romans and dates back to 100 BC. Interestingly enough, during this time, German wine ran alongside French wine as some of the best in the world. It wasn’t until the 1960s and 70s, with the over-production of sweet blends for export, that the reputation of the Riesling and German wine, in general, lost its prestige.
Now, German wine has clawed its way back into the good graces of the Old World, producing distinct cool-climate wines as well as the classic ‘nobel sweet’ wines that Queen Victoria fell in love with all those years ago in 1845 (think Hock, anyone?).
Germany is home to some of the world's northernmostwinemaking, with the climate and soil defining the country's southwestern wine-producing regions.
From the 13 German wine regions, we’ve picked out the three most famous.
Major regions are:
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (Mosel Valley)
Rheingau (Rhine Country)
Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder)
To learn more about Christoph and Thomas, the German winemakers Kiss of Wine are in partnership with, check out our winemakers page.