German White Wines
Germany’s vineyards amount to a total of 102,000 hectars, with white varieties covering a total of 71% of wine growing land. Germany has an impressive number of grape varieties, and the most famous whites are Riesling and Müller-Thurgau, which account for some 35.4% of Germany's 102,000 hectares of vineyards. Germany is also the world’s third largest producer of Pinot Gris, after Italy and the US. Dry whites are gaining more popularity among German drinkers, and Pinot Gris acreage is rapidly expanding to keep up with this demand. Pinot Gris, known natively as Grauburgunder, currently has more than 4,800 hectares under vine. Another important member of the Pinot family which is famous in Germany is Pinot Blanc, or Weissburgunder. Plantings in Germany have doubled within the last ten years, and today there are more than 4,200 hectares dedicated to Pinot Blanc production, making Germany the second largest producer of Pinot Blanc in the world.