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The Renaissance of German Wines

by Jack Guy

Nov 14, 2019

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Destinations / Europe

For a long time German wine was the punchline to jokes made at its expense by more famous wine-producing nations such as France and Italy.


However, in recent years, German winemakers have enjoyed something of a renaissance as international buyers come to appreciate the product once more. Produced mainly in the west of the country, German wine comes from around 102,000 hectares of vineyards. This surface area represents just 10 percent of the vineyards in France, Spain or Italy, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook it.


For some, German wines are cheap and sweet. Liebfraumilch, Blue Nun and Black Tower are largely responsible for the misconception, and should be avoided. Look beyond these names and you will find the Riesling grape, used to make some truly amazing wines. It was out of fashion for decades, but a new generation of wine drinkers are rehabilitating the grape.


Try an Alexander Gysler Kammerton from Rheinhessen or a Weingut Bischel and you won’t be disappointed. Those who want a sweet wine should look for alcohol content of around 10 percent, while anything up around 12.5 percent will most likely be a dry wine. There is something to suit every taste once you put aside the residual snobbery that surrounds German wine.



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