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German Wine

There are some fantastic wines produced in Germany.  One of the problems with them is, however, that their labels can seem overly complicated.  So much so, in fact, that there are sometimes problems with the sale of German wines because people avoid them.  Luckily, with a little bit of information, there is no need for you to do this anymore.  The label will tell you who has produced the wine, what the vintage is, which region it comes from and which grape has been used.

Important German Wine Terminology
A label will firstly show you, in large type, the town and the vineyard where the wine has been produced.  Next, you will see in smaller print either QbA (Qaulitatswein) or QMP (Qualitatswein mit Pradikat).  The first is the highest quality, which tells you about the levels of ripeness of the grapes.  The various types are:

    Kabinette – least ripe grape
    Stalese – late picked grape
    Auslese – high sugar wines
    Beerenauslese – selected berry by berry
    Trockenbeerenauslese – selected dried berries
    Eiswein – frozen grapes

    German Wine Regions
    There are numerous wine regions in Germany, but most are related to the valleys of specific rivers.  This is because these allow the grapes to ripen properly.  Almost all wines in Germany are made with Riesling, although some exceptions do exist.  Some of the best known regions include:

      Mosel-Saar Ruwer – the coolest region.  Wines described as delicate, racy and crisp.
      Rheingau – slightly warmer.  Wines described as sturdy, powerful and ripe.
      Rheinhessen – the most popular area.  Various different wines are produced here.
      Nahe – a mixed area, combing finesse, elegance and light bodies with a high tensile strength.
      Pfalz – one of the warmest regions of all with various climates and varieties of grapes.  Dry wines are particularly popular here, although the Pinot Noir grows very well here as well.

      There are various other wine regions in Germany.  However, the majority of these other wine regions do not have any export relationships with other countries, leaving the wines to be quite obscure.

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