A wine tour of Germany

Germany may not be ‘up there’ with France, Spain and Italy for most people booking a wine tour, but the beautiful weather along the Rhine River make this one of the best places in Europe for wine production.

Germany may be well known for its historic attractions, vibrant cities and stunning scenery in Bavaria and the Black Forest, but it also produces excellent wines.

If you are planning a wine tour of Germany, make sure you book with a local firm who knows the region and the wineries.

As Germany is the ninth largest wine producer in the world, and makes some 1.2 billion bottles annually, a wine tour of Germany for any budding somelliers is a must. This is despite the fact that German vineyards take up less than 10% of the area of the vineyards of France, Spain, and Italy.

German beer is known for being thick and hearty and German wines are not very different. They are typically a bit drier and less fruity than most other wines produced; they also have a higher acid content. Reisling is the most popular wine produced, although the cheaper table wine of Liebfraumilch is also a favourite of those who want a hearty wine while watching their budget. This is one of the few wines of Germany that is mass-produced; the rest are typically produced very painstakingly.

Because of the climate of the country, red wines are difficult to produce, so most of the darkest of the German wines are typically blush or rose. There are however some very high quality pinot noir wines, and other varieties of red wine, that are produced in the country, and they are often considered some of the best in the world.

While Germany is somewhat limited in the types of grapes that can be made for German wines, the biggest problem that seems to be presented from the land is the steep elevations that make it almost impossible to harvest those grapes mechanically. Most German vineyards still are harvested manually. Most winemakers do not hesitate to continue this tradition, as they are used to the hard work and labour that is needed to produce the best of wines.

The Germans have never been ones to shy away from the hard work also needed to consistently improve their product. German wines are no different. The plantings of grapes for red wines has seen an upsurge in some years, and then a downturn in others, all in response to customer demands for better and more exotic tasting wines. Germans are not to be put off by how difficult it is to grow the wide variety of grapes that are needed for the varieties of wines that the world loves.

For lovers of fine wines and stunning countryside, a wine tour of Germany should definitely be on your list of ‘things to do before you die.’