Spatburgunder (Pinot Noir)

If Germany's finest white wines are produced from Riesling; its red wine counterpart is the Spätburgunder grape. Both are synonymous with top quality. Germany ranks third worldwide after France and the USA in area devoted to Spätburgunder. With some 11,300 hectacres of Spätburgunder vines, an area equal to 11% of the country's vineyard area, the grape has a clear following among wine-growers and consumers alike.

Since the early 1990s, the area planted with Spätburgunder has increased by more than 4,000 hectacres. The majority of plantings are in Baden - concentrated in the Kaiserstuhl district - and in the Pfalz.