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

Weinkeller Erbach 2020  Riesling
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Dry and clean with well balanced acidity, this is a wine you could pair with virtually every meal.
93 points $19 Best Buy
Hansen-Lauer 2020 Sekt Riesling Brut Mosel
92 points
$27
Zippy acidity with lively aromatics make this a natural pairing with spicy and complex south east Asian cuisine or rich pork dishes.
Art Of Earth 2020  Riesling
90 points
$15
Best Buy
A classic example of Riesling, showcasing minerality and dry citrus flavors on both the nose and palate.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Weingut Dr. Leimbrock 2021 Estate Riesling
89 points
$20
Zippy and refreshing acidity that will pair well with pork dishes or rich seafood.
Cupcake 2021  Riesling
88 points
$11
Best Buy
A pleasant and simple Riesling to pair with spicy foods any day of the week.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Matheus 2021 Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling
88 points
$16
Crisp acidity with a nice fruit balance, showing hints of green fruit and would make a nice counterpoint to a papaya salad.
Weingut Bastgen 2020 Weisenstein Spätlese Trockenn Riesling
88 points
$40
A well balanced, mineral driven wine for all occasions
Member’s Mark 2022  Riesling
87 points
$10
Best Buy
A winsome Mosel Riesling that is round with a nice balance between acid and sugar.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Landkastel 2023  Riesling
86 points
$8
Best Buy
A fresh German Riesling that lingers on the palate and washes the day away.
86 points $8 Best Buy