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Germany

One of the bonuses of Germany's northerly position is its naturally lower alcohol wines and, with demand being high in the UK for lighter styles, German wines are positioned well for the future.

One of the bonuses of Germany's northerly position is its naturally lower alcohol wines and, with demand being high in the UK for lighter styles, German wines are positioned well. The Riesling grape is Germany's trump card, producing what many consider to be the best expression of this wonderful varietal. Its finest examples are grown in areas such as the Mosel and the Rheingau where long growing seasons allow for concentrated, complex flavours and the slatey soil lends a wonderful mineral character.

Estate wines give the consumer the best chance of appreciating the quality of German wine and we are lucky to deal with Wéingut Max Ferdinand Richter who aims to combine progress and tradition in a harmonious way and this is demonstrated in his perfectly crafted wines. Based in the Mosel Valley, vines are planted on steep sites of grey slate, mineral quartz and some areas of clay. Quality and concentration are increased by extreme pruning and a green harvest in some years. The work in the vineyards has certainly paid off with Richter gaining a plethora of renowned awards in the world press.