The largest growing region for Riesling in the world is found in Southern Germany – the Palatinate. Boasting 85km of a picturesque wine route, more than 100 million vines grow in the region. This remarkable number is spread over approximately 1,520 wineries – hence it is unsurprising that about every fourth bottle of wine that is consumed in Germany originates from this region.
Due to the mild climate of the area, kiwi plants, almond trees and even figs can be found; making the Palatinate region jokingly referred to as the Tuscany of Germany. Dr. Bürklin-Wolf, Reichsrat v. Buhl or Bassermann Jordan are some of the renowned traditional estates along the Wine Route, but there are younger wineries producing organic wines that can be appreciated as well – making it an absolute treat for the wine connoisseur.
The best way to tour the Palatinate is through the German Wine Route. It is the oldest route of its kind in the world, and whether you chose to cycle or walk, there is always something to explore. Who wouldn’t want to unwind and be charmed by the Palatinate region?
Winery Dr. Bürklin-Wolf
Located on the eastern edge of the Palatinate Forest, is a quaint town called Wachenheim. Although small, there is plenty to do: from cycling along the Vine sea, to enjoying the delectable wines the town has to offer.
One of the largest wineries in Wachenheim, is Dr. Bürklin-Wolf’s winery. In the “Gault & Millau Weinguide Germany 2020,” the winery has been elevated to the exclusive circle of “world class” – which only 27 German wineries have achieved to date!
The winery mainly produces white wines, mostly Riesling, but with a variety for every palate.
The Gutsriesling Riesling 2019, a cuvée from Riesling vineyards in Wachenheim, Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg, is a particularly unique wine as it is produced in stainless steel, as well as wooden barrels. Offering aromas of green apple and lime, its fresh taste makes it easy and very enjoyable to drink.
Wachenheimer Goldbächel Riesling Erste Lage P.C. is another example of fruit and freshness in perfect harmony. Located in Goldbächel which offers ideal sun exposure with its southern slope, the intense yet refreshing floral notes is a delight on the nose.
The Ruppertsberger Hoheburg Erste Lage P.C. Riesling has profound minerality yet is still creamy and fruity.
For a more herbal, woodruff wine, then Deidesheimer Langenmorgen G.C. Riesling, which has an incredible Fallstaff score of 94 points, is the one to taste.
The 2009 Kirchenstück G.C. has been placed in the category “Best ten-year-old, dry Riesling” in the “Vinum Weinguide Germany 2020.” Although sold out, en primeur sales for 2021 are currently underway, and demand is high. For a full-bodied wine with hints of liquorice, this wine delivers lively yet delicate flavors.
Deidesheim is a small, tranquil town located on Weinstrasse, in the Rhineland-Palatinate district of Bad Dürkheim. Although the town has only 3760 inhabitants, it attracts thousands of visitors every month for its incredible building architecture, top-class gastronomy and renowned winegrowers.
Bassermann-Jordan boasts several of Palatinate’s top wines. Originally known for traditional wine ageing in wooden barrels, the winery has adopted more modern wine press and cellar facilities which has brought its wine production to a higher level. The modern twist to wine making places great emphasis on careful, natural fermentation without artificial additives. The world-famous locations in Forst, Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg such as Hohenmorgen, Kirchenstück and Jesuitengarten, known for its soil fertility and perfect climate, do the rest.
The Gelber Muskateller is a fruity and citrus wine with a harmonious balance between sweetness and acidity. The grapes for the Yellow Muscat grow at Bassermann-Jordan in various locations around Deidesheim.
Sauvignon Blanc “S” Fumé has only been in production since 2003, and yet the vines been used for this premium quality since 2007. In addition, it won the Great Sauvignon Blanc Trophy Germany in 2015, with 95 points, making it a must try.
The wines found locally, like the Riesling Deidesheim, offer fine and warm yellow fruit notes. The Riesling is lively yet versatile, perfect for any occasion.
For a sensual experience of sweet peaches and crunchy apples, the Riesling Ruppertsberger Hoheburg Erste Lage is a perfect wine for the palate. Located west of Ruppertsberg on a small plateau on the outskirts of the town, Hoheburg lies between the highly rated locations of Gaisböhl and the Reiterpfad.
Best wine overall: Deidesheimer Langenmorgen Riesling GC trocken, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf
Best value: Goldbächel Riesling Erste Lage P.C., Dr. Bürklin-Wolf
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