Germany

German Wines


For centuries the most admired wines of Germany, once as highly priced as First Growth Claret, were Rieslings. Sadly history and reputation became blurred in the post-war period as growers pursued volume from lesser varieties. Now the Liebfraumilch era is over, and the focus is firmly back on quality.


The big debate now is how dry you like your wine. The Germans demand dry Riesling as an accompaniment to food. Elsewhere in the world drinkers love the traditional "noble sweet" styles, in ascending order of sweetness from Kabinett to Spatlese to Auslese and beyond.


We keep a foot in both camps, with both "trocken" (dry) and the more familiar fruity styles in our list. To try to describe these styles in terms of sweetness (i.e. Kabinett as off-dry, Spatlese medium dry) is over-simplistic. The point about these wines is the thrilling balance between natural fruit sugars and acidity. A classic German Riesling has a lovely juicy attack, fruit and minerality (which is often expressed as pepper and spice) on the mid palate and a refreshing, citrussy finish. It is ridiculous to dismiss these wines as "sweet". Sadly too many people won’t try these wines at all, yet when they do they often love them. Kabinetts and Spatleses make the most delicious aperitifs, and the sweeter Ausleses are lovely for drinking after dinner (but not with pudding). Finally, these wines are excellent, with their appealing fruit and very low alcohol levels, for introducing teenagers to wine (we need the next generation of customers!).


A simple guide to decoding the names of the wines: the first word is usually the name of the village, but with -er added. The second is the name of the vineyard. Thus Urziger Wurzgarten translates as the spice garden vineyard at Urzig.

Germany

  • Walt, Riesling, Pfalz, Germany, 2017

    Product Code: WAL117

    Walt, Riesling, Pfalz, Germany, 2017

    “The Pfalz region near Alsace is perhaps better known for dry Riesling, but this is in the traditional style, which delivers an appealing balance...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Pfalz
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 11%
    More Info
  • Donnhoff, Oberhauser Leistenberg, Riesling Kabinett, 2018

    Product Code: DON118

    Donnhoff, Oberhauser Leistenberg, Riesling Kabinett, 2018

    “This wine is always so featherlight and precise, with scintillating citrus fruit. Now-2025”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Dry

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Nahe
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 9%
    More Info
  • Dr Loosen, Estate Riesling, Mosel, 2018

    Product Code: DRL118

    Dr Loosen, Estate Riesling, Mosel, 2018

    “Loosen’s entry level, off-dry Riesling is a benchmark Mosel example, showing classic sweetness and acid balance. Ripe lemon and green apple, fruity...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Rheingau
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 8.5%
    More Info
  • Leitz, Eins-Zwei-Dry, Riesling Trocken, Rheingau, 2018

    Product Code: LEI418

    Leitz, Eins-Zwei-Dry, Riesling Trocken, Rheingau, 2018

    “Dry Riesling from superstar Johannes Leitz’s south-facing vineyards above the Rhine. Refreshing,citric but with appealing apple and stone fruit...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off-dry

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Rheingau
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12%
    More Info
  • Dr Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Kabinett, 2017

    Product Code: DRL217

    Dr Loosen, Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Kabinett, 2017

    “From 60 year old ungrafted vines growing on this brutally steep, red  slate  vineyard. Delicious flavours of elderflower, white...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Mosel
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 8%
    More Info
  • Leitz, Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz, Riesling Spätlese, 2017

    Product Code: LEI217

    Leitz, Rudesheimer Magdalenenkreuz, Riesling Spätlese, 2017

    “From this well-sited vineyard high above the Rhine (with a red sandstone cross, Kreuz , reputedly dedicated to Mary Magdalene after the Black Death),...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off-Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Rheingau
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 8%
    More Info
  • Donnhoff, Tonschiefer, Riesling Trocken, 2018

    Product Code: DON518

    Donnhoff, Tonschiefer, Riesling Trocken, 2018

    “Tonschiefer = clay slate. From low yields in the Leistenberg and Hanglagen vineyards,a stunning dry Riesling:perfumed and penetrating, with some...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Nahe
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
    More Info
  • Villa Wolf, Gewurztraminer, Pfalz, 2018

    Product Code: WOL118X

    Villa Wolf, Gewurztraminer, Pfalz, 2018

    “Off-dry, a textbook example of the grape, light, fragrant with rose petals, and delivering a juicy accompaniment to spicy food - think Thai-style...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off Dry

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Alsace
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 11.25%
    More Info
  • Dr Loosen, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling Auslese, Mosel, 2011

    Product Code: DRL711

    Dr Loosen, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Riesling Auslese, Mosel, 2011

    “Lost in a corner of  the warehouse, a jewel.Not tasted recently, but should be poised, full-flavoured and drinking perfectly. Now-2022....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Off Dry

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Germany
    • Region: Mosel
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 7%
    More Info

Stone, Vine & Sun's
wine awards and press

View them here!
By continuing to use this site you agree to the use of cookies. For more information and to find out how to change this click here