Discover the Palatinate wine region

The Palatinate wine region means a rewarding experience for all the senses. Palatinate wine and the region's cuisine are a treat for the taste buds, and in its mild climate the fruit and almond trees blossom early and lemons, figs and kiwi fruit ripen quickly. Around 22,200 hectares are under vine in the Mittelhaardt/German Wine Route and Southern Wine Route areas. Wachenheim, Forst, Deidesheim and St. Martin are just a few of the many well-known wine villages in this region. The German Wine Route, the best-known wine-themed route, takes you straight to where these fresh, fruity wines are made. The hillsides with chalk and slate soils produce full-bodied wines with a typically mineral taste. The flat vineyards with sandy soils produce wines with a characteristic lightness.


White wines

Riesling
Riesling, the most familiar and most successful grape grown in the Palatinate, accounts for an area of 5,000 hectares and frequently wins numerous awards for the region. This wine's special characteristics are its fruity citrus aroma, its distinctive sweetness and its reserved acidity. It also makes excellent Eiswein (sweet wine made from grapes exposed to frost) and sparkling wine (Sekt). Deidesheim, Forst and Wachenheim are especially known for their Rieslings.

Müller-Thurgau
This is the second-most planted variety in the Palatinate after Riesling. Its modern, dry variant is known as Rivaner. Müller-Thurgau wines tend to be mildly acidic with delicate notes of nutmeg and walnut. The ideal accompaniment for light food.

Morio Muskat
An interesting cross created by Peter Morio in the 1920s and cultivated in only 1.5% of the Palatinate's wine growing area. These wines have a robust flavour and a pronounced nutmeg bouquet. This variety is not to be confused with muscatel, one of the world's oldest grapes, which accounts for less than 1% of Germany's total wine growing area but is grown in the Palatinate.

Gewürztraminer
One of the oldest grape varieties, grown in various places including Rhodt, which has a 400-year-old Gewürztraminer vineyard. These wines range in colour from straw yellow to golden yellow and have a rose fragrance. Lychee, peach and citrus fruit aromas add subtlety to the strong, exotic fruit aroma of the reddish grapes. Noble sweet Gewürztraminer can be enjoyed as an aperitif or dessert wine; dry Gewürztraminer is excellent with food. Although presently planted in only 1.5% of the Palatinate wine growing area, this bold, spicy wine with its rich bouquet is certain to increase its percentage. 

Red wines

Dornfelder
The Palatinate's Dornfelder wines with their mediterranean character are causing quite a stir. They are dry, distinctive, velvety and full of flavour, the ideal accompaniment to roast foods and cheese.

Portugieser
This red grape was introduced to the Palatinate in 1860. Two Portugieser styles are popular today: full-bodied with a light burgundy undertone or mellow and uncomplicated with little bouquet.

Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)
These grapes account for only 7% of the Palatinate wine growing area. The “pinot noir” designation has been in use since 2003. By remaining longer in the barrel, these wines improve, become smoother and are able to develop their fruit aromas.

 

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