Many countries have some sort of dividing line. Some are east and west, other are north and south. The difference between the two are usually things like culture, dialect, traditions or attitudes. In Germany’s wine growing regions, there are some unique differences too. In the north, places like Mosel and the Rhine, the wines tend to be Riesling-based and for good reason. They have been making wines there for thousands of years. But in places like Baden in the far south, Riesling does get a role but it’s a minor one. Instead many young winemakers are turning away from family traditions and are growing burgundy grapes such as Pinot Gris or Grauburdunger, Pinot Blanc or Weissburguner and Pinot Noir or Spätburgunder. Since 2000 there has been a 103% increase of Pinot Gris planting in Germany, making it second after Italy for Pinot Gris plantings with most of that grown in the southern region of Baden. Grauburgunder is such an important grape that there is a symposium each year in May in the Kaiserstuhl region near Baden. German Pinot Gris wines are often big and full throttled are due to the soil in the area. Much of it volcanic mixed with high amounts of calcium […]