When you think of German food like the excellent selection at Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant in Pompano, you also think of German beer.
But another alcoholic beverage from Germany is on the upswing: wine.
Until now, when you thought of German wine, you probably thought of Riesling, the sweet German wine often served with a dessert course. But other German wines are also becoming more popular, according to the Wall Street Journal, as German vintners recognize the popularity of other wine varieties around the world and create their own versions.
Sauvignon Blancs have won world-wide recognition and acceptance, German vintner Andreas Hütwohl, deputy general manager and a winemaker at Weingut von Winning, told the Journal, leading his winery to choose Sauvignon Blanc as its lead grape for the export market, and Riesling is a “tough sell” abroad,
Although Hütwohl said 80 percent of his winery’s production still consists of Riesling — Only 5 percent of his vineyards are planted with Sauvignon Blanc grapes — most of the Riesling stays in Germany while the Sauvignon Blanc is targeted for exporting.
Sauvignon Blanc is just one of the many grapes that grow well in the area west of Heidelberg and bordering Alsace, France, per WSJ. Others include Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc (Weißburgunder), Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder), Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder), Gewürztraminer, St. Laurent and Dornfelder.
And Germany is now the third-largest Pinot Noir-producing country in the worldwith more than 11 percent of Germany’s vineyards are planted to the grape.
Germany is also the world’s leading producer of Pinot Blanc, although some producers use its German name, Weißburgunder. German producers frequently offer several different styles of Weißburgunder, from light and fruity to half-dry (halbtrocken), dry (trocken) and sparkling.
“I don’t know when the larger world will embrace German wines beyond Riesling—or even give Riesling the attention it deserves,” said the article’s author, Lettie Teague. “ At the very least, I look forward to the day when Germany is thought of much like Italy and France: a great wine country with more than one grape.”