In spite of being a nation of beer lovers, Germany also has to its specialties low alcohol, sweet white wine varieties that expand the flavor corridor.
The cold weather favors the white grapes that fill the countryside and apart from being one of the largest producers.
Germans love and relish their wine. Here is a guide to understanding more about Germany as a wine country to all the white wine fanatics out there.
The vineyard regions in Germany
There are majorly 13 wine producing areas in Germany all mostly situated towards the west along the banks of the Rhine river.
With the heritage that dates backs to the Romans, this region particularly holds rich winemaking skills and plantations.
1. The Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region:
This region is the perfect ground to start exploring the low alcohol wines which are rich in fruity flavors and have a soft palate. The wine is mildly sweet but the intricate flavors get exposed well in this case.
The villages falling into the middle Mosel area such as Erden, Brauneberg, and Piesport contribute to some of the best wine varieties. A particularly popular grape variety known as Rieslings is predominantly been best produced in Scharzhofberg, Kanzem, Saarburg, Saar, Grunhauss, Eitelsbach, and Kasel from the Ruwer regions.
The Saar Rieslings are known for this high acidity properties and have a brilliant flavor to enjoy.
The region is particularly known for contributing to wines that have a versatile blend of flavors and aromas and also enhanced depth in taste. The vineyards of this region are more popular than the wines from here.
The target for the best dry wine producing region of Germany can be none other than Pfalz. A combination of 4 villages Wachenheim, Forst, Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg, the region contributes to unmatchable spicy varieties of dry wine.
This region also has south faced steep slopes that encourage the wide-stretching vineyards. The varieties are mostly dry and are aged elegantly to match the high prices. In fact, the markets that fall in the nearby city has played a pivotal role in making these wines famous and slightly expensive too.
This is yet another important southern region in Germany that produces wine with a distinct flavor and low acidity levels.
The grape groups:
Germany has its own favorite kind called the Rieslings which is the variety chosen by the majority of vineyards. So, if you want to know more about the grape variety then here is a guide to understanding the grape groups of Germany.
The White :
This noble variety of grapes holds an art of expressing the treasury of flavors and aromas lying within it. A bottle of joy, the wines derived from this variety are known for the bold aroma that feels like a perfumed bouquet and tingles the taste buds with crisp flavors of lime, honey, green apple, and even smoke sometimes.
The variety today mostly is used to produce German dry white whereas it can also be used for making sweet or sparkling varieties. Rieslings are the go-to wine to pair any dish you are planning to stuff with cheese. The crisp flavor of the wine pairs elegantly with the creamy, melting cheese in the dish and it is a complete flavor explosion from there on.
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Silvaner makes the full-bodied, dry variety of wines and is also a difficult variety to grow. The wines produced from the variety have thyme or herby flavors with a rush of peachy or passion fruit. The herby flavors dominate when paired with dished such as salads and appetizers.
3. Muller- Thurgau:
The second most widely popular wine in Germany, Muller-Thurgau is a richly floral full-bodied wine that also has a mild touch of bitterness. This is the best choice of wine to enjoy with your food. Roasted pork would pair perfectly with a lovely glass of Muller-Thurgau varieties for a delicious dinner.
This variety of wine is mostly exported and comes with a sweet palate. The wine is particularly unpopular among the locals and most of the produced bottles are marketed to UK and US.
5. German Pinot Noir or Spatburgunder:
The famous French red grape variety is called Spatburgunder in Germany. The variety is known to ripen late in the season and produce the light body, lovely colored wines rich in tannins.
The demand for this variety is currently increasing in the world market for its rich flavor. Salmon, Pasta, Roasted chicken, Duck, beef and even glazed ham can be enjoyed with a glass of Spatburgunder that is Pinot Noir with a German twist.
6. Blauer Portugieser:
This variety makes yet another amazing choice to pair with your food. It is dominantly grown in Rheinhessen and Pfalz regions of Germany and is one of the most popular varieties of German red wines.
This is relatively easy to maintain and does not get affected due to varying weather, it just needs special care to maintain the acidity levels. The wine pairs well with beef where it enhances the flavor of the meat.
If you are a wine enthusiast looking to enjoy the authentic flavors of the German region, then these varieties are the right picks for you.
Remember, unlike the popular idea German wines are not just sweet and low alcoholic varieties but aromatic ranges, just like the Crown Royal Special Reserve brimming with taste palettes that have never been experienced before.