Many people immediately associate Riesling with white wine from the Moselle. The Pfalz has the second largest producer of Riesling and it yields wines of substance, finesse and with less acidity. “Weissburgunder” Pinot Blanc, "Grauburgunder" Pinot Gris or Silvaner, mild white wines rich in bouquet and full-bodied, are produced and loved.
“Die Pfalz” is the largest red wine region in Germany. 40% of vineyards grow red wine grape Pinot Noir “Spätburgunder”, St. Laurent, Dornfelder, Regent or Acolon. These reds are becoming more popular with wine lovers. These deep-coloured wines are full of character and complexity, depending on the winemaking techniques employed.
The prevalent soil in the Palatinate is loam, often in a mixture with other soil types, such as loess, chalk, clay, coloured sandstone or sand. The climate is very mild almost Mediterranean, low temperature difference between the hottest & coldest months but the summers tend
to be warm and dry.
The mountain “Pfälzer Wald“ provides not only protection from too much rain but also from the harsh winter temperature. The Pfalz can have up to 2000 hours of sunshine a year and is one of the warmest and driest regions in Germany. This climate, which allowed Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Shiraz to find a home in this region, leads to good quality wines that are fuller bodied, with ripe tannins, higher alcohol and lower acid.
Did you know?
Germany has 13 major wine growing regions. They are called "Anbaugebiete" in German and most of them are situated in the western part of Germany: Ahr, Moselle, Middle Rhine , Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Hessische Bergstraße, Nahe, Palatinate, Baden, Franconia, Wuerttenberg and two wine regions are in the eastern part: Saale-Unstrust and in Saxony the most north-easterly wine region in Germany.