Germany Land of Beer or Wine?

Germany Land of Beer or Wine?

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When you think of Germany, you think beer! Hops and malt are so deeply rooted into the imagery of German culture, that we don’t consider the numerous other spirits and wines that this country produces. Germany is the land of beer but it is not constant Oktoberfest – there are plenty of other options.

Germany, despite its cold climate and proximity to the 51st parallel (the vine survival limit) is a land of great wines, producing fresh-tasting wines characterized by low alcohol content. Its production is mostly white when compared to the production of other competitive wine countries such as France and Italy.

Germany is in fact quite well known for its delicate white wines which are elegant and refined. Although wineries generally cultivate white grape production such as Müller-Thurgau, Riesling and Sylvaner, there is in fact a small production of rosé wines and red wines as well.

The German quality control system, compared to that of other countries, takes into close consideration the degree of maturation of the grapes, influenced by its unique geographical location. Therefore, the qualities of wine range depending on the degree of grape ripening.

Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein are the various popular labels which can be found on German wine. Eiswein is produced from frozen grapes which are harvested in late winter and immediately crushed by producing a very concentrated must.

The labels will also provide you with other useful info such as the city of origin, grape variety, wine vintage and even the name of the vineyard. The peculiarity of German territory allows for different types of exposure to the sun, different types of climate as well as ventilation and soil. This leads to variations in the wine even if vines are the same – the territory is what makes each wine unique.