Wine growing regions

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Wine growing regions

German wine differs from wines of other countries — it's light, lively and fruity, thanks to Germany's unique climatic and geological conditions.

With the exception of Saale-Unstrut and Sachsen in the east, the wine-growing regions are concentrated in the south and southwestern part of Germany. They are among the most northerly wine regions in the world and straddle the border between the humid Gulf Stream climate of the west and the dry Continental climate of the east. The long growing season and moderate summer temperatures bring forth filigree wines that are relatively low in alcohol. The diversity of German wine stems from the many soil types and grape varieties — there is no "uniform" type or style of German wine — and this diversity is reflected in Germany's 13 wine-growing regions.

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Ahr

The Ahr is one of Germany's northernmost wine regions. read more

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Baden

Baden is the southernmost of Germany's wine regions. read more

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Franken

Franken lies some 65 km/40 miles east of the Rhine, in Bavaria, with most of its vineyards planted on the hilly slopes lining the Main River and its tributaries. read more

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Hessische Bergstraße

The tiny region Hessische Bergstrasse takes its name from an old Roman trade route known as the strata montana, or mountain road. read more

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Mittelrhein

The stretch of the Rhine Valley between Bonn and Bingen known as the Rhine Gorge. read more

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Mosel

The Mosel Valley, a gorge the river carved between the Hunsrück and Eifel hills, and the valleys of its tributaries, the Saar and Ruwer rivers. read more

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Nahe

The Nahe region is named after the river that traverses the valleys of the forested Hunsrück Hills as it gently flows toward Bingen on the Rhine. read more

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Pfalz

Bordered by Rheinhesen on the north and France on the south and west, the Pfalz's vineyards sweep across this remarkably pretty, peaceful land for nearly 80 uninterrupted kilometers (50 miles). read more

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Rheingau

The Rheingau is one of the most distinguished wine regions of the world. read more

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Rheinhessen

Germany's largest wine region, Rheinhessen, lies in a valley of gentle rolling hills. read more

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Saale-Unstrut

Vines have been cultivated since AD 998 on the hillsides lining the Saale and Unstrut rivers which lend their name to the small, but growing, Saale-Unstrut region. read more

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Sachsen

Sachsen is Germany's easternmost and smallest wine-growing region. read more

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Württemberg

Apart from the urban centers of Stuttgart and Heilbronn, Württemberg is a rural, hilly countryside with vineyards and orchards scattered amidst forests and fields. read more