Pfalz Region

  • Vineyards around the city of Wachenheim
    Vineyards around the city of Wachenheim
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The Pfalz (/falltz/) region sits to the North of the French border of Alsace and covers such a large area that it is the second largest of Germany’s thirteen officially recognized wine growing regions (“anbaugebiete”/on-bou-gi-bēt-ǝ/). Although it does not have the steep hills of the Mosel, or the wide Rhein river to reflect extra sunlight on its vines like the Rheingau and Mittelrhein, the Pfalz makes up for it with a warm climate and exotic volcanic soil with layers of different types of stone such as deeply colored sandstone and others. No surprise, Pfalz riesling is also exceptional. Pfalz wines are usually slightly fuller-bodied and its whites commonly have tones of exotic fruit such as mango, kiwi, and passionfruit. Riesling is the most planted varietal in the Pfalz as in the Mosel, Rheingau, and Mittelrhein regions, but a wide variety of other excellent international varietals are more common in the Pfalz. Weissburgunder (“pinot blanc ”/vīs-bur-gūn-dur/), grauburgunder (“pinot gris”/grouw-bur-gūn-dur/), spätburgunder (“pinot noir” /shpāt-bur-gūn-dur/), scheurebe (/shoi-ray-bē/), and gewürztraminer (/ge-vuerts-trah-min-uhr/) are a few examples. Weingut Weegmüller has been a premier producer in the Pfalz since 1685 and Weingut Nauerth-Gnägy is a premier Pfalz winery just a mile or two from the French border of Alsace.