Baden Region

​Baden is the only of Germany’s thirteen official wine growing regions (“anbaugebiete”/on-bou-gi-bēt-ǝ/) to be an E.U. “Zone B” wine growing region meaning it has a slightly warmer climate. In fact, the area of Germany with the highest average yearly temperature is located in Baden, the Kaiserstuhl. This warmer climate, like in the Pfalz, enables Baden to produce the most pinot grape varietals in Germany. Spätburgunder (/shpāt-bur-gūn-dur/) (pinot noir), grauburgunder (/grouh-bur-gūn-dur/) (pinot gris), and weissburgunder (/vīs-bur-gūn-dur/) (pinot blanc) are all very common. Baden is the third largest anbaugebiet in Germany and with Germany producing mostly white wine, it actually grows about half of Germany’s total spätburgunder. Like all other German wine regions except the Ahr though, Baden produces more white wine than red. That of course, includes riesling. Baden is in the Southwestern most corner of Germany between France and Switzerland. Starting at the border of Switzerland it runs North on the East of the Rhein River and the West of the Black Forest around Freiburg all the way to around Heidelberg. The Baden region also includes a small pocket around Lake Constanz (“Bodensee”) on the border with Switzerland farther to the East.