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People often underestimate German wines. This, in part, is due to the cultural connections we make with a bottle of the good stuff. It’s not hard to get wrapped up in the idea of sipping on a glass of red in the South of France or Italy. It’s more of a stretch, to newcomers to the wine game at least, to get lost in the idea of doing the same in Germany. But as anyone who has tasted one of the country’s famous rieslings can tell you, there’s much to love about wine from Germany.
Indeed, many people consider it to be one of the best pound for pound producers in the world.
There’s plenty of history behind German wine. Most scholars believe that wine production in the region dates back to at least 200 AD, which means that Germany has nearly two thousand years of wine experience under its belt. And it’ll come as no surprise to learn who brought viticulture to the country -- as with most things from that era, it was the Romans.
Of course, two thousand years ago, they weren’t drinking any versions of wine that we’d recognise. The modern era took off around the 14th/15th century, which is when the grapes we associate with German wines were introduced. The wine culture of the country took a hit during the 20th century, but by around the 1970s, production was hitting new heights. And today, Germany is thought of as one of the world’s best producers.
Germany’s no slouch when it comes to wine regions. Though we mostly associate Germany with beer, millions of hectares have been given over to wine production -- with great results.
The most famous region, by some distance, is the Mosel region. The steep vineyards and sun-drenched grapes produce the region’s most iconic offering, the Mosel Riesling, which is famous the world over.
Rheingau is another big riesling producer, and since this corner of the country is so scenic, it usually attracts plenty of tourists. Another tourist favourite is Mittelrhein, where delicious, fruit white wines are produced among a landscape with views of the Rhine and medieval castles.
Wine season in Germany is in full flow from mid-Spring through to Summer. If you want to sample the new wines in person around harvest, then you should plan a trip for late autumn.
By far our most popular and best selling German wine is the Dr ZenZen Riesling.
We are slowly growing our range of German Wine. To see what we have in stock right now head on over to our German Wine page and take a look.
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