Germany has 13 separate wine growing regions, each of which produces its own style of wine, often from the same varieties. Generally, the lightest and most elegant German wines are produced in the Mosel-Sarr-Ruwer and Ahr regions.
Slightly fuller wines are made inthe Mittelrhein, Nahe, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Saale-Unstrut, while the fullest German wines tend to come from the regions of Pfalz, Hessische Bergstrasse, Sachsen, Württembery and Baden.
|Wine regions||Major wine types||Soil type||Wine style|
|volcanic slate||light, fruity|
|Mosel-Saar-Ruwer||White: Riesling||slate-covered slopes,
rich in minerals
|Nahe||White: Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner||loess, loam, quartzite, porphyry||fruity, crisp, stylish|
Scheurebe, Gewürztraminer,Muller-Thurgau, Kerner, Silvaner
Red/Rose: Spätburgunder, Portugieser
|loam, weathered limestone||full, aromatic, round|
(Pinot Gris), Müller-Thurgau,
|loess, loam, volcanic
|variety of soil,
(sand, porphyry, loam)
|dry, crisp, distinctive|
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This blog also has a post that gives an overview of the German red varieties and another with an overview of the German white varieties.