What comes to mind when you think of Germany? You would probably think of beautiful nature, great cars, and good quality home appliances. How often do think of Germany when it comes to wine?
Despite us associating the subject of wine with some of the warmer climates, Germany is eighth largest wine-producing country in the world. While the industry is terrified by climate change, it has been rather good news for Germany. Warmer climate equals more flavorful and full-bodied wines, however this also means the increase of unwanted plants and pests that wasn’t a problem for German winemakers to start with.
With some of their wineries dating back to the Roman times, it has 13 official wine regions across the country. It is home to the large variety of grapes, however, due to the country’s climate, almost two thirds of them accounts for the production of white wines.
The Riesling is the flagship grape of Germany and it gets the most attention and love not only at home but far beyond. This wine is exceptionally aromatic with fruity and flowery aftertaste. It may come across as sweet as it contains sugar to balance off the high level of acidity, but it all works well together when paired with pork or seafood. This doesn’t mean it can’t be indulged on its own 🙂
Even though Germany is not a big producer of red wines, the local variety of Pinot Noir, that is called Spätburgunder is something rather special. It has won several Decanter awards and can be found in 2 variations – full bodied and highly tannic as well as light and elegant; both are quite yummy.
To taste the wines, and check out the country as a bonus, head to the largest wine festival in the world that takes place in Germany – Bad Dürkheim Wurstmarkt. This festival is over 550 years old and is definitely worth a visit. It takes place on the second and third weekend of September, so… Happy planning 🙂