Germany

Germany is fully capable of producing some of the world's great white wines. One hundred years ago the demand for and thus prices commanded for the wines from the finest vineyards in Piesport, Morcobrunn and Rudesheim rivaled the best wines from Bordeaux. Largely due to the lack of government regulation in to the quality of wine output, Germany over the past century became known for producing sweet sugar-water wines at cheap costs, flooding the world market. This has had a negative affect on the perception of Germany wines worldwide, but rest assured we only choose to stock Germany wines of high quality.
The Riesling grape with all its versatility is the main grape variety, and whilst many countries make Riesling, none can match the mouth-watering freshness and supreme delicacy achieved in a Mosel kabinett from a top producer. Germany dry Rieslings as a rule tend to to be very graceful and elegant as compared to Rieslings from other countries, with an emphasis on finesse, not power. Standout producers such as Robert Weil make the headlines, but Donnhoff, JL Wolf, A Christmann and Georg Breuer are too worth seeking out.

Another most interesting contribution from Germany was Eiswine (ice wine), which until the 1970's was a freak of nature, though is now carefully managed. To produce Eiswine, parcels of vines are left out exposed to the frost, and although the production cost is astronomical they remain very popular. Robust Pinot Blancs and Pinot Gris are also produced in the whites and Pinot Noir, referred to as Spätburgunder is also grown.

The climate in Germany is, for the most part, cool, the exception being in the Pfalz and in Baden. As a result, vineyards are carefully selected with good sunlight exposure a must. For example along the banks of the Mosel River, vines are only planted one side, as there isn't enough sunlight exposure to ripen grapes on the north facing side.

Key regions include Mosel and Nahe where extraordinary Rieslings are produced.
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  1. SCHWAAB-KIEBEL 'ERDENER TREPPCHEN' RIESLING AUSLESE 1998
    A very special, aged German Riesling from a family owned winery in the heart of Mosel. Bright caramelized apple & honeyed pear aromas with firm mineral notes. Rich with sweet depth and well-developed complexities of honeysuckle, apricot & subtle citrus. The palate ... Learn More
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