About German Wine

About German Wine
Ranked as tenth in terms of overall production, Germany has become synonymous with great Riesling. There are numerous styles form very dry to extremely sweet and what makes German Riesling so special is the structure to allow for aging, from seven to ten years for the finest dry versions to three or four decade for the richest dessert wine. The best examples are planted on steep slopes along the Rhine and Moselle rivers; they display a great sense of place along with a distinct minerality.

While Riesling is the best wine from Germany, other white varieties such as Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Sauvignon Blanc are performing well in Germany's cool climate. The same is true for Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir), which in the best examples, have the complexity and richness of a fine red Burgundy.

Most people are surprised to know that Germany is the world's leading producer of sparking wine. While much of this is inexpensive sparkling wine destined for supermarkets, there are dozens of producers who make classic methods bubblies from some of their finest Riesling Chardonnay and Weissburgunder grapes.

Top Picks for Germany

Giambellino  Peach Bellini Germany
92 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Cloudy apricot color. Aromas of peach custard and sorbet with a sweet full body and a long candied lime and honeyed peaches finish. A superb peach Bellini that delights and satisfies with its rich natural flavor.
92 points $5.99 Best Buy
Belmonti NV Peach Bellini Germany
92 points
$5.89
Best Buy
Silvery amber color. Sweet aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit cooler, peach pie, and candied mango with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of grapefruit zest and summer nectarine with no oak flavor. A juicy and delicious flavored wine to liven up brunch; Belinis in a flash!
92 points $5.89 Best Buy
Art of Earth 2019 Qualitätswein Riesling
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of peach pie, buttercream, honey cake, and lemon yogurt with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length key lime, orange peel, nectarine, and poached green apple finish with no oak flavor. A delightful Riesling with a true sense of place.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Bianco Nobile NV alla Vaniglia Germany
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light golden straw color. Curious aromas of marshmallow, cotton candy, circus peanut, candied apple, and boston creme pie with a glycerous, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, carefree lemon meringue cookies finish. A sweet wine with fun flavors.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Nero Nobile NV allEspresso Germany
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Dark brick red color. Aromas of salted caramel latte, caramel corn, and frappucino with a satiny, vibrant, sweet medium body and a medium-length coffee Nips candy finish with soft tannins. Coffee lovers will joyfully imbibe this crushable, roasty treat.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Rosso Nobile NV al Cioccolata Germany
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright dark ruby color. Aromas of chocolate ganache, custard, and donuts with a glycerous, bright, sweet light-to-medium body and an effortless, amusing, breezy blackberries, prune, brownie batter, and caramel frosting finish with soft tannins. A pastry-like flavored wine; sweet and delicious.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Henkell NV Brut Sparkling Germany
89 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of apricot preserves, lemon bar, white flowers, and wet slate with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long finish conveying notes of toasted fruit cake and lemon scone. A fresh and mineral-driven nose leads to a slightly toasty palate; elegant and friendly.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Landshut 2017  Riesling
89 points
$5.49
Best Buy
Straw green color. Tropical aromas of passionfruit, vanilla, honey, ripe pineapple, and mango with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry light body and a smooth, delightful, breezy key lime, pink grapefruit, orange glaze, and slate finish. A juicy, off-dry Riesling packed with tropical fruit flavor; yum!
89 points $5.49 Best Buy
Holly Hill Farms NV Egg Nogg Germany
88 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Opaque creamy golden yellow color. Confected aromas and flavors of egg tart, ground nutmeg, vanilla bean gelato, and lemon yogurt with a creamy, vibrant, very sweet fat body and a sleek, medium-length finish with notes of orange pekoe tea, spiced pears, sugar cookies, animal crackers, and gingersnaps. A creamy festive treat to brighten the holidays.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
BEX 2017  Riesling
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas of ripe kiwi in vanilla creme, sweet aloe vera, underripe pineapple, caraway, and beeswax with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length star fruit, honeysuckle, and tart pear finish with no oak flavor. A mouthwatering, dry "gateway" Riesling packed with fruit.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $10 and Under'
88 points $9.99 Best Buy