An Introduction to German Wines Posted by Larissa on Jun 16, 2020 in Culture, Language, Things to do, vocabulary
I love having a glass of wine with my dinner in the evening, and that is exactly what inspired me to write this post. Germany has a lot of great wines to offer and produces around 8000 to 9000 hectoliters a year.
Popular German Wines
Two thirds of Germany’s wines produced are indeed white wine, which is why a lot of the wine that I mention in this post is white!
Spätburgunder (also known as Pinot Noir)
Grauburgunder (also known as Pinot Gris)
Weißburgunder (also known as Pinot Blanc)
Gewürztraminer (originates from Alsace in France, however as it is by the border by France and Germany it is produced in Germany too)
Dornfelder (red wine)
Sekt (sparkling wine
Four Top Wine Regions in Germany
Rheinheissen produces the most wine in Germany and has the oldest documented vineyard dating back to the Romans. The most typical Rebsorten (grape varieties) that you will find there are Riesling, Dornfelder and Burgunder.
This is the second biggest producer in Germany with very hot and dry weather. They also produce a large amount of Riesling, along with Muller-Thürgau, but they are most known for their Weinschorle (wine with sparkling water).
Located by the river Mosel, the vineyards slope steeply downwards, making them the steepest vineyards in the world. This also means that the grapes must be picked by hand. Riesling is of course produced here, but also Müller-Thurgau and Elbling. Red wine production (Spät Burgunder) has also increased here over the years. Mosel is located in northern Germany, which means their wine is lighter and has a lower alcohol percentage than other wine regions.
Although Sachsen is the smallest wine region in Germany, their yearly Weinfeste (wine festivals) are not to be missed. Riesling, Goldriesling, Spätburgunder and Traminer are some of the many varieties that they have to offer.
How to Describe Wine in German
Halbtrocken half dry
die Farbe the colour
das Aroma the aroma
der Geruch the smell
der Geschmack the taste
der Wein the wine
der Weißwein the white wine
der Roséwein the rosé wine
der Rotwein the red wine
das Weinglas the wine glass
die Rebsorte the grape variety
der Weinberg the vineyard
Die Weinbaugebiete the wine regions
die Weinverkostung the wine tasting
das Weinfest the wine festival
Are you also a wine lover? If so let me know what kind of wine you like and if it happens to be German wine too in the comments below!
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