Banks of the RhineThere’s no escaping the fact that German wine is the most derided in Europe. This is largely due to the popularity of semi sweet wines in the Liebfraumilch style which have been the staple of many a binge in the UK, the Netherlands and the United States.

However in the nineteenth century the profile of German wine was neck and neck with the best that France could offer. Before the many setbacks of the twentieth century, delicate vintages from the banks of the mighty river Rhine commanded some of the highest prices in the world. Today, despite public image problems on the wider market, many connoisseurs remain devoted to wines from Germany.

What’s more when it comes to the domestic market, the classic German white wine is delicate and dry – the natural product of a northerly wine region (red grape varietals have always struggled with the climate). Thes wines are all about finesse, a definitive quality wine from Germany is light, low in alcohol, aromatic, and probably a Riesling.

Rieslings produce a unique balance between fruit and mineral tones and their high acidity means that, although crisp and fresh when young, there is also the potential for extended aging. Just as importantly, Rieslings are renowned for displaying their place of origins, or terroir when it comes to flavour. The exact opposite, in fact, of the infamous Blue Nun.

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