German Wine Regions

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Germany vineyardQuality German wines can come from either of the 13 wine regions that has been designated for wine growing:

AhrThis is the home of the red wine in the country. This 1,300 acre expanse of prime wine growing area is one of the smallest of Germany’s wine regions and is planted mostly with red wine grape varieties. This region usually grow and produce red wines that are mostly for local consumption.

BadenThis is Germany’s southernmost wine region comprising about 41,000 acres of land for growing grapes, making it the third largest wine region in the country. Baden has a diverse selection of quality red and white wines

Franken  – This was Germany’s easternmost wine region before the reunification that covers about 15,000 acres. This wine region is famous for its "Steinwein" and the Bocksbeutel, a flask shaped bottle specially used in the area that is known to be an inconvenient container for stocking wines in cellars.

Hessische Bergstrasse – At only 1,000 acres, this wine region is considered as one of Germany’s smallest. Because of its small stature, wines produced in this region is mostly consumed only locally.

MittelrheinA small (1,700 acre) wine region that extends on both banks of the Rhine River that starts somewhere near Bonn. This region is known for growing the Reisling in the area’s slate soil where it grows extremely well.

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer – This wine region is located along the Mosel River as well as it two tributaries, the Saar and the Ruwer Rivers. This wine region of about 32,000 acres has slaty soil and steep slopes make it an ideal place for Reisling to thrive. It is also the location of some of the most famous wineries in Germany.

NaheA 12,000 acre wine region located just east of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Blessed with a variety of soil types in its steep slopes, it has produced a wide selection of white wines of superb quality aqnd robustness.

PfalzThis is the second largest wine producing region in Germany. Covering about 59,000 acres of prime vineyards, it is important for the great volume of quality wines that it can come up with at each harvest.

Rheingau – This quaint wine region at only about 7,700 acres all in all, but it is a very valuable wine region since being known for producing some of the best German wines. Located on the north side of the Rhine river just between Weisbaden and Rudesheim.

RheinhessenThis wine region is considered to be the largest wine growing region comprising of about 65,000 acres. This region mostly produces wines made from the Reisling grape variety as well as Müller-Thurgau and the Sylvaner.

Saale-Unstrut – This wine region can be located at the northernmost part of the German wine regions and is located just west of Leipzig. The region has about 1,000 acres of land dedicated for the growing of the different grape varieties notably Müller-Thurgau and Silvaner.

Sachen  – This area is known as the smallest wine region in Germany at only 750 acres and located along the Elbe river and around Meissen and Dresden. With its varied soils, Muller-Thurgau,Weissburgunder and Traminer grape varietals are notably being planted in the area.

WurttembergThis large area wine region is known for producing both red and white wines on its 27,000 acres of vineyards dotting the landscape. Trollinger, Lemberger, Spätburgunder, and Portugieser are the notable reds being planted in this wine region while Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Kerner and Silvaner are being grown to produce the quality white wine selections.