Here is an overview of the major German varieties of red grapes.
German red wines are refreshing, often light, and show more fruit than tannins.
They are a specialty and usually consumed after ageing in bottle.
(Pinot noir) is the riesling’s red counterpart (7% of the total vineyard area), producing elegant, distinctive wines. Its small grapes ripen late. It originally came from the French province of Burgundy.
Wine: velvety, full-bodied, with hints of almonds.
Originally came from the Danube Valley in Austria (not Portugal). It ripens early (4%).
Wine: flavourful, light, mild; very pleasant, easy-going wine.
Grows almost exclusively in Württemberg (2%) and probably originated in Tyrol. It ripens very late.
Wine: fragrant, fresh, fruity, good acidity, hearty.
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