5 to Try
Ready to dive deeper into the world of German wine? Each post in our 5 to Try series showcases five examples of stellar German wines across styles, grapes, and Germany’s 13 wine regions.
5 to Try: German Wines from Distinct Soil Types
The diversity of terroir across Germany enables winegrowers to produce vastly different wines, from steep slopes of slate in the cooler-climate Mosel to remnants of ancient volcanoes in sunny, warm Baden. Explore these 5 wines from grapes grown in areas with 5 distinct soil types!
5 to Try: German Wines with Fun, Funky Labels
If you associate German wines with traditional-style labels decorated with long, hard-to-pronounce words, these bottles are about to change your mind! This 5 to Try features German wines with fun and funky labels that express the wines’ (and the winemakers’!) personalities – and who doesn’t love shopping with their eyes?
5 to Try: German-Bred Wine Crossings
We’re highlighting the ingenuity of German viticulture with wines produced from grape crossings that were originally bred in Germany, such as Scheurebe, Dornfelder, and Müller-Thurgau.
5 to Try: German Wines for Everyday Occasions
From Sunday brunches to Friday movie nights, German wines are versatile for every pairing moment, with bright white wines like Riesling to juicy reds like Spätburgunder. Whether you’re unwinding at home or spending time with friends, explore and sip a new German wine.
5 to Try: German Wines for All Celebrations
This spotlight is on German wines for all celebrations – to help you Prost Every Moment, both big and small, all year long. Whether you are gathering for a birthday, toasting to an engagement, or attending a housewarming party, there’s a German wine for every celebratory moment.
5 to Try: All in the Family
Explore German estates managed by multiple family members – teams of parents, children, and other relatives – perfect for enjoying with your own family during holiday festivities!
5 To Try: A Taste of Germany’s 2020 Vintage
With the 2022 harvest well underway in Germany, this month’s 5 to Try list is a light dive into a specific vintage of German wine – 2020! The 2020 vintage is recognized for producing high-quality wines across all 13 German winegrowing regions.
5 To Try: Marvelous Müller-Thurgau
Explore Müller-Thurgau, a variety created in 1882 at Geisenheim in Germany from a crossing of Riesling and Madeleine Royale. Müller-Thurgau ripens early in Germany’s cool climate and produces dry, light and refreshing wines with a delicate floral bouquet.
5 To Try: German Wines in All Shapes and Sizes
This 5-to-Try highlights the range of bottle shapes and sizes in which you can find German wine! While a wine’s container doesn’t affect its taste or quality, it can tell you some history about the origins of the wine you’re drinking.
5 To Try: Woman-Made German Wines
Female winemakers remain a minority in all major wine regions worldwide, but in recent years, more attention is starting to be paid to the trailblazing women in the industry. Toast to pioneering women, brilliant winemakers, and exceptional wines with these bottles from some of Germany’s top talent!
5 to Try: Lovable Lemberger
One of Germany’s lesser-known red wine varieties, Lemberger is a versatile grape worth exploring! It can produce wines ranging from light and fruity to complex and rich in tannins, all with a characteristic intense, dark color.
5 to Try: German Sekt – A New Sparkling Wine for a New Year
The origins of Sekt date back to the early 19th century, when a number of German winemakers studied in Champagne and brought their learnings home. German sparkling wine production skyrocketed, and today’s producers have perfected the art of high quality Sekt from a range of grapes.
5 to Try: Ripe with Reds (Other Red Wines of Germany)
When it comes to red wines, Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) reigns in Germany. But the country commonly associated with white wine has many more reds to offer! Of the roughly 103,000 hectares of vineyard area, 33% is planted with red grapes. Explore Germany’s “other” red wines!
5 to Try: Historic Estates
We’re showcasing wines that are both rich in flavor and history, from some of Germany’s oldest estates! Since the arrival of the Romans in 50 BC, winemaking has been an integral part of German history. Today, wineries throughout Germany maintain their tradition and history as the estates have been passed on from generation to generation.
5 to Try: Fresh Faces of German Wine
From the Mosel to Württemberg, a young generation of viticulture is taking the reins. More and more fresh faces are breaking from tradition to embrace innovation and sustainability in winemaking processes, techniques, and marketing efforts. Check out our recommendations of wines produced by young German winemakers!
5 to Try: German Wines From Co-ops and Big Bottlers
Check out our selection of wines from some of the largest producers and cooperatives in Germany, whose scale and skills help bring quality and accessible German wines to consumers around the world!
5 to Try: All About Animals on German Wine Labels
Wine-lovers and animal-lovers can come together and cheers with this collection of wines featuring cute critters on their labels! Animals like dogs, sheep, birds, and bugs play an important role in vineyards, whether serving as companion to the winemaker or contributing to overall biodiversity.