White Wine, Pfalz
Germany’s second largest as well as its driest wine-growing region, Pfalz boasts more than 85 kilometres of uninterrupted vineyards, which sit east of the Haardt Mountains. Here, Riesling is the most widely planted grape variety – and the most lauded for high-quality winemaking. Dornfelder is the second most widely planted variety (of either colour). Müller-Thurgau is also widely grown, plantings of Grauburgunder and Weiβburgunder are increasing, and there are also significant plantings of Spätburgunder. Black grapes account for less than 40% of the vineyard area. Mittelhaardt, an area encompassing Forst and Deidesheim, boasts the most established quality vineyards. Its vineyards sit on steep slopes and produce a ripe, fuller bodied Riesling style.