The German wine industry is most famous for world class Rieslings produced along the Rhein and its tributary the Mosel. There is wide agreement that the white wines from the best sites and the most reputable producers are some of the greatest in the world.
In the past, there was a predominance of sweet Riesling wines in the market, but now with changing tastes, we’ve seen a great deal of Germany’s finest wineries producing more dry Riesling. Not that German’s sweet Riesling isn’t great, in fact one of the most prized collector’s white wines in the world is a tiny half-bottle of Trockenbeerenauslese, the sweetest style of them all, that comes from noble rot grapes grown in the Mosel Valley; but since Riesling has some of the highest acidity (of the popular wine varieties) the sweetness never comes across too cloying.
White wines make up over 65% of the country’s vineyards. Germany’s cooler climate produces white wines with clean fruit flavors and heightened acidity. What makes German white wines so compelling is their ability to age a long time.
Alongside the areas of Mosel, Rheingau and Pfalz with their unique Rieslings we have to mention also the Muller Thurgau (Germany’s every day wine), Grauburgunder and Weissburgunder (Pinot Grigio and Pinot Blanc) and the Silvaner one of the greatest undercover white grape variety in Germany.