Rhineland-Palatinate is not just a beautiful state in the South-west of Germany but is also home to 6 high-quality wine-growing regions: Palatinate, Moselle, Nahe, Ahr, Rheinhessen and the Central Rhine.
The "Palatinate" or "Pfalz" wine-growing region, covering some 23,400 hectares, is the second largest German wine-growing region and has a few superlatives all of its own: the world's largest wine festival in Bad Dürkheim and the world-famous wine route known as the "German Wine Route".
However, above all, the Palatinate has a clear profile: the Palatinate is the No. 1 Riesling region. The area dedicated to cultivation of the "King of White Wines" is constantly growing and now coves 5,455 hectares – the world's largest Riesling region since 2008. The Palatinate region is also synonymous with top-class red wines of superlative quality. Almost 40% of the vineyards are planted with red varieties – thus the region is also Germany's largest red wine-producing region, with Dornfelder, Pinot Noir and Blauer Portugieser being the main varieties. The red wines grown along the German Wine Route appear year after year on the podium of the German Red Wine Prize.
Burgundy grapes are also a firm fixture in the Palatinate range. Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris are among the flagship wines of many companies and – like most Palatinate wines – are generally vinified to dryness. Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Dornfelder are also the region's flagship varieties that carry the DC Pfalz (Districtus Controllatus Pfalz) mark. The Palatinate is the market leader in Weissherbst rosé and blush wines, generally made from Blauer Portugieser grapes. These fresh, salmon-coloured summer wines can be found at the many wine festivals in the region and can equally be enjoyed on the patio after work. The St. Laurent grape variety, which has been preserved by many vintners before it dies out, is a further key feature of the Palatinate. Today it delights wine connoisseurs with its velvety, full-bodied red wines.
Other wines of the region include Blanc de Noir, a white-pressed red wine variety – generally Pinot Noir Blanc de Noir and Regent, which is grown by the Geilweiler Institute for Wine
Grape Varieties in the "Palatinate" Wine-growing Region
Around 45 white and 22 red grape varieties are grown in the Palatinate, Germany's second largest wine-growing region. The average 1800 hours of sunshine in the region aid the good Mediterranean climate and the right terroir for wines, like Rieslings, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The cornucopia of flavours in the wines provides a wealth of flavour experiences. These pleasures of the Palatinate offer something for everyone – and are also supremely well organised. ... read more
Terroir and Soil in the "Palatinate" Wine-growing Region
Alongside the grape variety and the vinification methods, a key factor for the quality of the wine is the position of the vineyard and, related to this, naturally the soil as well. Wines which reflect their soil, that is the terroir, in their taste are very much in vogue at the moment. The varied soils in the Palatinate region offer wine connoisseurs a broad range of tastes and flavours. The "Palatinate" wine-growing region is therefore sophisticated, exclusive and diverse. ... read more
Diversity as far as the eye can see!
The countryside along the German Wine Route is so diverse and varied: from the Palatinate Forest to the vineyards at the edge of the Haardt region and onward to the Rhine Plain. The countryside along the German Wine Route is equally varied and attractive, luring visitors for a host of different reasons. ... read more