Germany has 13 wine regions, the majority of them are situated in the south and southwest of the country (Ahr, Nahe, Mosel, Rheinhessen, Rheingau, etc.).
Over 85% of the vineyard area is dominated by white varieties. Germany has become a synonymous with the Riesling grape, the king of the white wines. Other white varieties grown here are: Müller Thurgau, Sylvaner, Pinot Gris, Weissburgunder (also Pinot Blanc) and many others.
Amongst black varieties we can find Spätburgunder (better know as Pinot Noir), Trollinger, Dornfelder, Schwarzriesling (globally known as Pinot Meunier).
<p>Rheingau is one of the 13 wine regions in Germany. Rheingau wines are grown on vineyards with clay-slate subsoil, which face south, giving them the best sunligh. The Rhine River, up to 1 Km wide in some places, acts as a large mirror, reflecting sunslight onto the vineyards and thus ensuring a temperature balance. It was here that the first late harvest wines, called Spätlese, were produced.</p> <p>The Riesling variety is the most succesful here (78% of total production). The wines are elegant, fruity, fresh and often spicy, with balanced acidity.</p>