White Grape Varieties:
The Mueller-Thurgau is a white grape variety that is most widely planted in Germany.
Wine: flowery bouquet; milder acidity than Riesling; slight muscat flavor; best consumed while fresh and young.
The Riesling is the best known of Germany's white varieties.
Wine: fragrant, fine-fruit bouquet; lively, pronounced acidity; piquant taste; potential for aging because of racy acidity.
The Silvaner is a taditional variety.
Wine: neutral bouquet; mild acidity; full-bodied, pleasant wines; best enjoyed while young.
The Kerner is a popular new crossing developed from Trollinger (a red variety) and a Reisling (a white variety)
Wine: light muscat bouquet; racy, lively acidity; similar to Riesling
The Scheurbe is another new crossing of Silvaner and Riesling
Wine: lively acidity; bouquet and taste reminiscent of black currants.
The Rulaender (Pinot gris) is among the best varieties in Germany
Wine: robust, full-bodied, smooth, soft, and full on the palate.
Red Grape Varieties:
The Spaetburgunder (Pinot noir) is the Riesling's red counterpart.
Wine: velvety, full-bodied, with hints of almonds.
The Portuguiser originally came from the Danube Valley in Austria (not Portugal).
Wine: flavorful, light, mild; very pleasant, easygoing wines
The Trollinger grows almost exclusively in Wuerttemberg.
Wine: fragrant, fresh, fruity, good acidity, hearty.
Here are some other links to German wines. Why not try a
- German Wine Information Bureau , http://www.germanwineusa.org/
- Robert Parker's Wine Advisor & Cellar Manager Software, http://www.winetech.com/
- The German Wine Page by Peter Ruhrberg, http://www.cogsci.ed.ac.uk/~peru/german_wine.html
- Wine Lover's Page, http://www.iglou.com/wine/wine.html
- Clos Pepe Vineyards, www.clospepe.com/links.htm