I’m in day 2 of my trip to Germany sponsored by the German Wine Academy. Right now we’re in the Baden region, exploring the many wines of this area. A wide variety of grapes are grown here with a definite emphasis on the Pinot varieties (Blanc, Gris, and Noir), which are called Weissburgunder, Grauburgunder, and Spatburgunder here. There is also a good amount of Riesling, and a number of other varieties – we’ve even tasted Swartzriesling (Pinot Meunier), Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot!
This morning we visited Weingut Stigler located in the Kaiserstuhl near Freiburg, the sunniest city in Germany. It is situated in the south-east corner of the in the Rhine plain, facing the Black Forest. The Vosges mountain range is to the west and can be seen in the distance. One of Stigler’s best vineyards is the very stony Freiburger Schlossberg, perched on a 70° slope. We climbed to the top of this vineyard, trying not to stumble or even look down as we went. At the top, we were rewarded with some wines to taste. A Weissburgunder, a Rose made with Spatburgunder, and a red Spatburgunder. I have to say that, so far, I’ve been impressed with the quality and flavour of the Weissburgunders here. I’ve tried several in the last 24 hours and have enjoyed all of them.
Interestingly, I found out today that Germany ranks 2nd in the amount of Pinot Blanc planted in the world. It is number 3 in Pinot Noir plantings and number 3 in Pinot Gris plantings.
I’d write some tasting notes, but I have to rush off to taste more wine and go to dinner. Tough life, eh?
Oh, by the way, this was lunch!