|German wines offer some of the best values in the market today. The problem is understanding all those voweless words on their labels. Well, for a quick lesson in understanding German wines and the regions they come from, read on. We’ll explore the grapes, the regions and a few German-isms.QUALITATSWEIN MIT PRADIKAT|
(listed in order of ripeness at harvest)
Ahr – red wines from pinot noir and portugieser; a few whites from riesling and muller-thurgau.
Muller-Thurgau – flowery bouquet; milder acidity than Riesling; slight muscat flavor; best consumed young.
Spatburgunder – full-bodied, with hints of almonds.
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There are three levels of German wine quality:
Tafelwein, which designates an ordinary table wine, made from normally ripe grapes and usually served in 1 litre jugs. In other words, a good cheap drunk.
Qualitatswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete (Q.b.A.) German for “Quality Wines from Specific Regions,” an official designation for a good quality wine from a specific region, Bereich or village. Wines with pretentions to quality but don’t quite cut it (sugar had to be added to the grape juice in order for the finished wine to reach minimum alcoholic strength).
Qualitatswein mit Pradikat (Q.m.P.) German for “Quality Wine with Distinction,” an official designation for quality wine from a specific Bereich , village or vineyard. This is the highest classification of German wine (see previous sidebar>.
1 The specified growing region: one of the 13 designated regions in Germany.
2 The year in which the grapes were harvested.
3 The town and the vineyard from which the grapes come.
4 The grape variety.
5 The taste or style of the wine.
6 The quality level of the wine, indicating ripeness of the grapes at harvest.
8 Wines bottled and produced by the grower or a cooperative of growers may be labeled “Erzeugerabfullung.” Estates and growers can use “Gutsabfullung” as an alternative. Other wineries and bottlers are indentified as “Abfuller.”
|If you remember anything from this article remember this: the degree of grape ripeness at harvest determines quality of german wines.|