the finest wines of germany

Coming from the coolest of the classic European wine countries, where grapes ripen slowly, German wine is about much more than just fruit. It’s about balance, mineral freshness, depth of aroma and flavor, and also a miraculous lightness. Exemplified by the finest Rieslings, German wine displays contradictory characteristics of subtlety and intensity that reflect specific aspects of climate, geography, and soil.

As German wine rises in popularity, this lavishly illustrated and informed guide presents an unrivaled introduction to the country’s primary wine regions and grape varieties, including Riesling, Silvaner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir, as well as wine styles and culture. Stephan Reinhardt profiles 70 leading producers whose personalities, philosophies, and authentic wines best represent today’s exciting German wine scene. This guide adds greatly to the enjoyment and understanding of German wines by telling more of the story under the vines and behind the wines.

The Finest Wines of Germany
A Regional Guide to the Best Producers and Their Wines
Stephan Reinhardt (Author), Jon Wyand (Photography), Hugh Johnson (Foreword)
Paperback, 272 pages
ISBN: 9780520273221
Released by University of California Press and Aurum in October 2012
$39.95 /


Shortlisted in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Award 2013 for «International Wine Book of the Year»

“This is arguably the best of the titles so far in the ‘Finest Wines’ series and the best book about German wines in English for a generation.”
--John Winthrop Haeger, author of North American Pinot Noir

“The author’s voice is consistently engaged and enthusiastic, and his book should appeal to a general readership of wine lovers as well as to anyone with a professional interest in German wine.”
--David Schildknecht, German wine authority for The Wine Advocate and the Oxford Companion to Wine