Austrian Wine: Grüner and Beyond

From the country that gave us Mozart, Klimt, Falco, The Sound of Music, and yes… Governor Schwarzenegger; we find world-class wines that combine intense fruit purity with a distinct signature style. In the last few years, Austrian wines have increasingly gained recognition by wine lovers and sommeliers alike, and should be on the radar for any wine enthusiast. In a previous post on Germany and … Continue reading Austrian Wine: Grüner and Beyond

48 hours in the Pfalz and the German Weinstraße

The third and final stop on my short Riesling tour was the Pfalz (known as Palatinate in English), Germany’s biggest and in my opinion one of its most exciting wine regions. The Pfalz is located in the southwest corner of the country, roughly about 100km south of Frankfurt, along the Haardt Mountains, which are the continuation of the Vosges on the French side of the … Continue reading 48 hours in the Pfalz and the German Weinstraße

Dönnhoff: A Riesling Icon from the Nahe

The second stop of this summer’s German Riesling tour was the Nahe region, about 100km southwest of my base in Wiesbaden.  The Nahe is named after the river that crosses the valleys of the forested Hunsrück hills as it gently flows toward Bingen on the Rhine. The 1-hour drive on the autobahn was full of gorgeous vineyard landscapes, orchards and meadows combined with spectacular cliffs … Continue reading Dönnhoff: A Riesling Icon from the Nahe

Visiting the Rheingau: The cradle of Riesling

Incredibly steep vineyards overlooking the Rhine river, quaint storybook villages, medieval castles and ancient monasteries: this is the landscape that is widely believed to be the cradle of the Riesling grape. Though I’d been to Germany a few times in the past, this was the first time I truly allocated my time for an in-depth look at Riesling wine country and I made the Rheingau … Continue reading Visiting the Rheingau: The cradle of Riesling

Exploring German and Austrian Wines

“A German wine label is one of the things life’s too short for, a daunting testimony to that peculiar nation’s love of detail and organization”.  Kingsley Amis I was in Berlin last December on a business trip and took the opportunity to visit a few of the most representative wine bars in the city.  I’d heard a lot about the new Berlin wine scene and … Continue reading Exploring German and Austrian Wines