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As the world’s northernmost fine wine producing region, Germany faces some of the most extreme climatic and topographic challenges in viticulture. But fortunately this country’s star variety, Riesling, is cold-hardy enough to survive freezing winters, and has enough natural acidity to create balance, even in wines with the highest levels of residual sugar. Riesling responds splendidly to Germany’s variable terroir, allowing the country to build its reputation upon fine wines at all points of the sweet to dry spectrum, many of which can age for decades.

Classified by ripeness at harvest, Riesling can be picked early for dry wines or as late as January following the harvest for lusciously sweet wines. There are six levels in Germany’s ripeness classification, ordered from driest to sweetest: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese and Eiswein (ice wine). While these classifications don’t exactly match the sweetness levels of the finished wines, the Kabinett category will include the drier versions and anything above Auslese will have noticeable—if not noteworthy—sweetness. Eiswein is always remarkably sweet.

Other important white varieties include Müller-Thurgau as well as Grauburguner (Pinot Gris) and Weissburguner (Pinot Blanc). The red, Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), grown in warmer pockets of the country can be both elegant and structured.

As the fourth largest wine producer in Europe (after France, Italy and Spain), in contrast to its more Mediterranean neighbors, Germany produces about as much as it consumes—and is also the largest importer of wine in the E.U.

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  • S.A. Prum Graacher Dompropst Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2015  Front Label
    S.A. Prum Graacher Dompropst Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2015
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Riesling (scuffed labels) 2006 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Riesling (scuffed labels) 2006
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling AP #1302 2001 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese Riesling AP #1302 2001
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2001 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2001
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenhur Dry Riesling Old Vines Grosses Gewachs 2015  Front Label
    S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenhur Dry Riesling Old Vines Grosses Gewachs 2015
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2013 Front Label
    Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2013
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Strub Niersteiner Paterberg Riesling Spatlese 2001 Front Label
    Strub Niersteiner Paterberg Riesling Spatlese 2001
    Riesling from Rheinhessen, Germany
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  • Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2015 Front Label
    Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese 2015
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • St. Urbans-Hof Zickelsgarten Riesling Spatlese 2011 Front Label
    St. Urbans-Hof Zickelsgarten Riesling Spatlese 2011
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2012 Front Label
    S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2012
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • S.A. Prum Graacher Dompropst Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2017  Front Label
    S.A. Prum Graacher Dompropst Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2017
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese 2009 Front Label
    J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese 2009
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenhur Dry Riesling Old Vines Grosses Gewachs 2011  Front Label
    S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenhur Dry Riesling Old Vines Grosses Gewachs 2011
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  • Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling Spatlese 2014 Front Label
    Schloss Vollrads Rheingau Riesling Spatlese 2014
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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  • Schloss Johannisberg Rotlack Riesling Kabinett Feinherb 2015 Front Label
    Schloss Johannisberg Rotlack Riesling Kabinett Feinherb 2015
    Riesling from Rheingau, Germany
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  • Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2012 Front Label
    Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben Müller-Burggraef) Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2012
    Riesling from Mosel, Germany
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  • Donnhoff Schlossbockelheimer Kupfergrube Spatlese 2001 Front Label
    Donnhoff Schlossbockelheimer Kupfergrube Spatlese 2001
    Riesling from Nahe, Germany
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