“Prost” is the German word for “cheers.” Wines of Germany invites everyone everywhere to toast every moment - big or small - with a glass of German wine.
Whether looking for a comforting escape or an energizing adventure, seeking to try something new or reconnect with friends and family, or simply to treat yourself, there’s a German wine for everything worth celebrating.
As one of the most northerly winemaking areas of the world, Germany numbers among the “cool climate” wine growing countries. These cooler climates create wines with higher acidity that makes them refreshing, mouth-watering, and perfect with food. Germany’s 13 distinct wine regions produce a wide range of grapes, from white wines like Riesling to red wines like Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder), and diverse styles from dry to sweet and still to sparkling.
This is the perfect place to start exploring the world of German wine. Keep scrolling to discover the perfect sip to suit any occasion and to Prost Every Moment!
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Your Perfect Prost is…Riesling!
You’re ready for an adventure and turn towards bold flavors and vibrant experiences –so you’ll want a wine that’s just as dynamic! German Riesling can range from light to medium-bodied with citrus and orchard fruit flavors, perfectly balanced by food-friendly acidity that goes with everything. Germany’s most popular grape can produce wines across the spectrum, from bone dry (look for “Trocken” on the label) to off-dry (try Kabinett and Spätlese styles) to sweet (Auslese and more), and exhibits different characteristics depending on where it’s grown, so there’s so much to taste and explore!
Your Perfect Prost is…Pinot Noir!
You’re sophisticated and have a taste for the finer things in life, like German wine! That’s why you should try a German Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder in German). If Germany’s finest white wines are produced from Riesling, its red wine counterpart is Spätburgunder, which reaches top form in German sites. Dry and low in tannins, German Pinot Noir is the perfect combination of fruit and spice, with flavors of red berries and subtle notes of baking spices.
Your Perfect Prost is…Pinot Gris!
You crave comfort and self-care. Reach for a wine that’s both familiar and fresh! You’ve probably tried another country’s Pinot Grigio–German Pinot Gris (also called Grauburgunder) is the same grape with more to offer. It’s just as light and fruity but with more complexity, body, refreshing acidity, and balance. Perfect for relaxing at the end of a long day, soaking up the great outdoors, or alongside food.
Your Perfect Prost is…Sekt!
You’re the life of the party and can light up a room, so we recommend a bottle of equally vivacious bubbles! Germany’s wine regions are especially suited for the production of fresh, fruity Sekt (the German name for sparkling wine). Sekt can be made from a number of different grape varieties and comes in a range of styles. That means there’s a bottle for any get-together and to pair with almost any type of food!
Light to medium-bodied with pronounced acidity and aromas reminiscent of apple, peach, and apricot. A versatile grape, Riesling can express a range of styles from dry to off-dry and sweet. Germany produces more than 50% of the world’s Riesling supply.
An ideal companion to so many dishes, German Riesling is widely considered to be the most food-friendly wine in the world. Put it to the taste test with your favorite dish or try it with Seared Scallops with Apple Slaw & Lemon Butter Sauce.
PINOT NOIR (Spätburgunder)
Dry, slightly tannic, and mild in acidity, full-bodied with flavors and aromas of red berries, subtle earthy notes, and a long finish. Especially in cold climate regions like Germany, Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) has the ability to be delightfully lighter and lower in tannin than other red wines.
German Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) can tango with a juicy steak or smoked meats but it also pairs with foods not often associated with red wine like grilled fish, veggie dishes, and pork, like Pork Medallions with Tarragon Cream Sauce.
PINOT GRIS (Grauburgunder)
German Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder) is typically dry, medium to full-bodied white wines reminiscent of white peach, mango, almonds, and pear, with floral aromas. Germany ranks second worldwide in Pinot Gris vineyard area, after Italy.
Grauburgunder can go with the gamut, from seafood, white meats, flavorful salads, hard cheeses, and pastas. Pair it with your go-to or pop a bottle with this Lemon Butter Pasta with Chicken.
PINOT BLANC (Weissburgunder)
Subtle on the nose with fresh acidity and delicate fruitiness, medium to full-bodied with notes of apple, pear, white peach, mango, and nuts. Germany is the world’s largest producer of Pinot Blanc; its vineyard area in Germany has doubled within the past ten years.
Weissburgunder is known for harmonizing perfectly with many types of food, from seafood and poultry to lamb and pork, soft cheeses, and pastas. German Pinot Blanc would be perfect with this Gruyere & Caramelized Onion Pizza!
Rosé + Sekt
SEKT (German Sparkling Wine)
Germany’s wine regions are especially suited for the production of fresh, fruity sparkling wine, and Germany’s citizens are the world champions of sparkling wine consumption.
Most German rosé in the U.S. is dry and made with Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder) grapes, which produce delicious dry Rosé with tart red fruit flavors and crisp acidity. Germany’s production of rosé has nearly doubled over the past decade.