Taste the Wines of Germany Through These Superb Winemakers
While Riesling may be the first thing to pop into our minds when it comes to German wine, there's a plethora of stunningly complex wines made from a wide array of grape varieties in Germany. Expressive Pinot Noirs (or Spatburgunder if sie Deutsch sprechen), dazzling Pinot Blancs, Blaufrankisch, and more from across Germany's best wine regions will tantalise your palate and serve as brilliant pairings for oh so many cuisines.
If you're looking for a starting off point to explore German wines, allow us to recommend a few of our favourite wineries.
Located in the warm Markgräferland area of Baden in southern Germany, Weingut Buchin is winemaker Markus Buchin's masterpiece. For over ten years he has cultivated his 12.5 hectares of land, farming an array of grapes made in several styles. From sparkling Sekt to popular international varieties like Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah, all aged in barrel, Buchin's wines are a testament to his skill as a winemaker. If you're in the mood for something other than Riesling, Weingut Buchin's Pinot Blanc (known as Weissburgunder in German) offers a vibrant, fresh palate full of apple, ripe mirabelle plums, chestnuts, and prunes.
Among their holdings, Heinrichshof boasts impressive sites in the famed Zeltinger Sonnenuhr and Schlossberg vineyards in the heart of the Mosel Valley. With their slate-based soils, the grapes grown on these sites make exquisite wines with searing minerality. Perhaps the only thing more impressive than the quality of Heinrichshof wines is the fact that this winery has been family-run for eleven generations. It's no small wonder these wines are regularly awarded high scores by critics – the Griebeler family knows what they're doing!
If you want to get to know how classic Mosel Riesling should taste, Heinrichshof produces outstanding examples of the grape. Look for the characteristic slate minerality, ripe peach, lemons, and apples with a hint of a tropical nose.
Weingut Georg Julius
Not far from Worms, one of Germany's oldest villages, Weingut Georg Julius makes exceptional Rheinhessen wines. The family-owned and operated winery is notable for several reasons – not only do they make exemplary wines, but they are also dedicated to organic winemaking. Of course, your first introduction to Georg Julius should be the Riesling, a mineral-driven dry style with plenty of citrus and peach notes perfect for enjoying with aromatic Asian dishes (pass the Thai green curry, please). While Georg Julius is mostly known for its racy white wines, the winery does offer reds as well. The estate's Pinot Noir is a masterclass in elegance. Aged for 20 months in oak, Georg Julius' Pinot Noir is redolent of red berries, spice and the classic forest floor earthiness of the best Old World Pinots
Packed with flavour, high in acid, and incredible with food, you won't regret picking up a bottle of German wine the next time you're in the mood for a cheeky glass with dinner. They're simply too good to pass up!