If someone were to mention ‘Germany’ and ‘drinking’ in one sentence, you would be forgiven if Oktoberfest, Steins and Bavarian Bier were the first things to pop into your head. But don’t be too hasty, those who are in the know will tell you that Germany also boasts some of the best wines in the world.
The best wines are grown in 13 regions in Germany, some of whose views are simply show stopping. They all have some common themes; stunning scenery, timber-framed ‘fackwerk’ homes, idyllic rustic countryside, but most famous is the iconic Riesling.
Germany is synonymous with this racy grape and for good reason. You only have to taste our Bibo Runge range to see why. All 13 regions across the country produce the famous grape, which accounts for over half of the world's Riesling vineyards.
But it doesn’t end with white. Red grape plantations are on the rise. Due to the small production levels, Germany’s Pinot Noir (known as Spatburgunder locally) is practically a secret outside of Europe and it stands up to the best. Uncover our hidden gem; Oliver Zeter Pinot Noir Reserve 2014.
So where do you start? As you grab your passport and look up cheap flights to Frankfurt, here’s a guide to some of the top regions to quench your wine wanderlust;
Pfalz is the home of the ‘German Wine Road’ (a wine drinkers dream), which connects all the villages in the regions, making it stress-free to get from one drinking establishment to the next. The summers are pleasant and the winters are mild, which mean many enjoy the wineries with outdoor restaurants attached. Here, choices are not served in a wine glass but as the regions specialty; Schorle, a water glass filled with half wine, half sparkling water.
This region covers a vast amount of land and as such the selection of wines produced here is diverse. However, one wine has been gaining momentum; Spätburgunder (that’s Pinot Noir to you and me). What makes the German Pinot stand out from rest is down to the regions’ soil combined with oak ageing. This gives a unique spice characteristic similar to nutmeg and cinnamon. Baden produces full bodied, robust wines thanks to surrounding rainy mountains combined with the warmest weather in Germany.
This is by far the most famous wine producing region in Germany. In fact, Mosel Rieslings such as Egon Müller Mosel Scharzhof Riesling sit side by side with the most prestigious wines in any high-status restaurant. As well as the vineyards being some of the steepest and most striking in the world, the Mosel is also considered to be Germany's oldest wine growing region with production dating back to Roman times.