German Wine Basics

Start here to get to know Germany’s hallmark grapes and styles, 13 unique regions, distinct terroir, and deep history, as well as how to navigate classification qualifiers and labeling requirements.

Wine Types

Grape Varieties & Wine Styles

From world-class Riesling and elegant Pinot Noir to effervescent Sekt, lovers of all kinds of wine – white, red, rosé, and sparkling – can find a variety and style from Germany to please any palate.

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Wine Regions

Germany’s 13 Radiant Wine Regions

The wines of Germany are shaped by the climatic and soil conditions of some of the world’s northernmost wine growing regions, creating vibrant and concentrated expressions that are enjoyed around the globe. Take a virtual tour of each unique area.

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History of German Wine

Centuries of Tradition

Germany’s viticultural tradition dates from Roman times, and all 13 regions are rich in cultural and historical treasures. Follow in the footsteps of monks and princes as you tour our historical timeline from Teutonic tribes to the first Spätlese harvest and beyond.

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Terroir & Viticulture

Unique Conditions & Techniques

The path from vine to bottle involves many working steps, and the winemakers’ work – pruning and training the vines, soil care, and harvest techniques – combined with Germany’s unique climate and soil diversity contribute to exceptional wines. Glimpse a year in the life of a German winemaker and find out how all these factors impact our favorite beverage.


Classifications & Labels

Understanding German Wine Labeling

Everything you need to know about a German wine is outlined on the label. While some producers are moving towards more modern designs, typically you will be able to find the winemaker, grape, style, quality, classification, and origin right on the bottle. With a quick lesson on putting the pieces together, German wine labels are organized, clear, and helpful.