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Jul
08

If you think you know German wines? Drink again!

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You're invited to be inspired to try some German Rhine wine

Join me to rediscover the diverse and elegant wines of Germany. Dry as well as sweet, red as well as white, if you think you know German wine? Drink again!

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>>>Note:<<< Right at the bottom of this post, there is a very interesting and informative video clip below that starts on its own, so please scroll down to pause it till you're ready to view it.

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Let’s start where German wine is produced. One of the most northerly wine producing countries in the world, Germany is split into thirteen wine regions. With the exception of two small eastern regions, they are all concentrated in the south and south-western part of Germany.

This cool climate here results in a long growing season, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly, maintaining fruity acidity, developing natural sugars absorbing minerals from the soil.

Generally lower in alcohol, German wines are uniquely refreshing and aromatic. If you tried German wine before, chances are that it was white. Germany’s flagship grape variety is Riesling, accounting for over 20% of vineyard area. Germany produces two-thirds of the World’s Riesling. Styles ranging from bone dry to lusciously sweet. The lower Rheingau Riesling tends to be light, refreshing with hints of lime and flowers on the nose, sometimes honey, mouth watering acidity, and mineral flavours on the palate.

By contrast, Riesling produced in the warmer Pfalz or Rhein Hessen region, is often dryer in style with stone fruit aromas, fuller body and rounder mouth feel.

It may come as a surprise to you that Germany also produces red wines. In fact, it’s the third largest producer of Pinot Noir in the world after France, and America, known locally as Spätburgunder. These grapes are grown in the more southerly wine regions, such as Franken and Baden, Würtenburg and the Phalz. Velvety smooth with a slightly sweet fruity aroma, Spätburgunder with its delicate cherry note, is an ideal accompaniment to game dishes.

For most part of my youth, I grew up in the Rheingau surrounded by vinyards, as you would have read in the section about me.

The Rheingau wines are particularly dear to my heart. They are low in alcohol, meaning you can actually drink another bottle … but not low in flavours.

The majority of people tend to know of the Riesling grape from that area, however there are several others, such as Silvaner, Müller-Thurgau, and Gewürztraminer.

For now I’ll just focus on Riesling with its massive crisp, refreshing and fruity acidity, layers and layers of flavours, minerals, lime honey, and all sorts of fruits. Riesling goes with a much wider range of foods than boring old Chardonnay.

Plus, Riesling can actually improve in bottles for decades!

Schloß Johannisberg – Chateau Johannisberg - my daily view as I grew up.

Wine should not be grown that far north, but the Romans did not know that, and they needed something to drink, so they planted vines on the slopes where snow melted first. Slopes, angled like solar panels, to give a chance for the Riesling to ripen

some of the vineyards are rediculously steep

People crazy enough to work these slopes, have clearly confused vertigo with viticulture.

The best slopes face south and south-west, thus, combined with the inclination, the sun gets directly into the vineyard, warms up the soil fast. Slate which is prevalent in these regions warms up and retains the heat, then releasing it to the vineyard during the cooler nights.

Due to differences within the slopes, you can have different micro climates. On one one patch you may have a Kabinett, and right next to it you’ll get a Spätlese, which is a superior quality.

Sometimes rocky cliffs break into the vineyard which collect the heat and reflect it back to the vineyard.

There will be more posts about German wines which will also explain the different quality grades and understanding the labels on the bottles. So, keep an eye open for those posts.


Really very informative about this wine region and some of its history. Watch the entire video HERE

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Comments

  1. Great post, I am looking forward to seeing more:)

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