NYT recognises there's more to German wines than Riesling
In doing so, the leading daily US-newspaper recognises the German Wine Institute's (Deutsches Weininstitut) efforts to boost awarenes with leading grape varieties first - but stress versatility thereafter.
Germany has long been renowned for its magnificent Rieslings, and it is certainly the country’s flagship grape, comprising more than 23 per cent of German vineyards. Spätburgunder, also known as Pinot Noir, has also drawn acclaim in more recent years, and now accounts for more than 11 per cent of German wines. Yet there are many more varieties that are produced in smaller quantities, often enjoyed by locals, that are waiting to be discovered by a wider audience.
Eric Asimov, one of the most renowned wine writers globally, draws attention to some of these in his article, which you can read in full by following this link. He mentions Elbling, an ancient variety from the upper Mosel, the light red Trollinger, unusual rosé blends, refreshing Silvaner, and Lemberger, also known as Blaufränkisch.
For more information about Germany’s diversity of grape varieties, click here.