5 to Try

Ready to dive deeper into the world of German wine? Each post in our 5 to Try series showcases five examples of stellar German wines across styles, grapes, and Germany’s 13 wine regions.

5 To Try: A Taste of Germany’s 2020 Vintage

With the 2022 harvest well underway in Germany, this month’s 5 to Try list is a light dive into a specific vintage of German wine – 2020! The 2020 vintage is recognized for producing high-quality wines across all 13 German winegrowing regions.

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5 To Try: Marvelous Müller-Thurgau

Explore Müller-Thurgau, a variety created in 1882 at Geisenheim in Germany from a crossing of Riesling and Madeleine Royale. Müller-Thurgau ripens early in Germany’s cool climate and produces dry, light and refreshing wines with a delicate floral bouquet.

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5 To Try: German Wines in All Shapes and Sizes

This 5-to-Try highlights the range of bottle shapes and sizes in which you can find German wine! While a wine’s container doesn’t affect its taste or quality, it can tell you some history about the origins of the wine you’re drinking.

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5 To Try: Woman-Made German Wines

Female winemakers remain a minority in all major wine regions worldwide, but in recent years, more attention is starting to be paid to the trailblazing women in the industry. Toast to pioneering women, brilliant winemakers, and exceptional wines with these bottles from some of Germany’s top talent!

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5 to Try: Lovable Lemberger

One of Germany’s lesser-known red wine varieties, Lemberger is a versatile grape worth exploring! It can produce wines ranging from light and fruity to complex and rich in tannins, all with a characteristic intense, dark color.

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5 to Try: German Sekt – A New Sparkling Wine for a New Year

The origins of Sekt date back to the early 19th century, when a number of German winemakers studied in Champagne and brought their learnings home. German sparkling wine production skyrocketed, and today’s producers have perfected the art of high quality Sekt from a range of grapes.

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5 to Try: Ripe with Reds (Other Red Wines of Germany)

When it comes to red wines, Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) reigns in Germany. But the country commonly associated with white wine has many more reds to offer! Of the roughly 103,000 hectares of vineyard area, 33% is planted with red grapes. Explore Germany’s “other” red wines!

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5 to Try: Historic Estates

We’re showcasing wines that are both rich in flavor and history, from some of Germany’s oldest estates! Since the arrival of the Romans in 50 BC, winemaking has been an integral part of German history. Today, wineries throughout Germany maintain their tradition and history as the estates have been passed on from generation to generation.

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5 to Try: Fresh Faces of German Wine

From the Mosel to Württemberg, a young generation of viticulture is taking the reins. More and more fresh faces are breaking from tradition to embrace innovation and sustainability in winemaking processes, techniques, and marketing efforts. Check out our recommendations of wines produced by young German winemakers!

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5 to Try: German Wines From Co-ops and Big Bottlers

Check out our selection of wines from some of the largest producers and cooperatives in Germany, whose scale and skills help bring quality and accessible German wines to consumers around the world!

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5 to Try: All About Animals on German Wine Labels

Wine-lovers and animal-lovers can come together and cheers with this collection of wines featuring cute critters on their labels! Animals like dogs, sheep, birds, and bugs play an important role in vineyards, whether serving as companion to the winemaker or contributing to overall biodiversity.

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5 to Try: Luscious Late Harvest Riesling

Germany’s expressions of sweet Rieslings are among the world’s most coveted. A key factor in the quality of German Riesling is its acidity, which creates balance and keeps the wines from tasting overly cloying. Learn the terms to look for on labels and check out this list of sweet yet balanced late harvest Rieslings!

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5 to Try: Talkin’ Trocken - Dry German Riesling

We can’t say it enough: Not. All. Riesling. Is. Sweet! In fact, over 60% of all wine made in Germany is classified as dry or off-dry, and Riesling is no exception. Learn how to shop for dry German Riesling and try these 5 selections!

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5 to Try: Spätburgunder’s Time to Shine

Pinot Noir is produced in almost every major wine-producing country in the world. But this beloved grape particularly thrives in Germany, where it reaches top form in the country’s cooler climate and is undoubtedly Germany’s most important red variety. 

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5 to Try: Behold These Bold German Blends

Dive into the world of German wine blends! More and more estates are experimenting with blending traditional varietals to mix up unforgettable cuvées. Each of these exciting examples is made from a different combination of grapes and from a different region.

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5 to Try: Silvaner is the Season’s Silver Lining

Silvaner is a unique variety that’s made its home in Germany, which accounts for over 70% of the world’s Silvaner plantings. It’s juicy and mouth-filling, with mild acidity and delicate earthy and fruity tones. So grab a Bocksbeutel and raise a glass!

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5 to Try: Undiscovered Gems of German White Wines

Get to know some of the lesser-known German white wine varieties – from grapes you’ve probably seen before, like Sauvignon Blanc, to more traditional ones native to Germany, like Elbling and Gutedel.

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