Study Cards on wine, german, climate
- 49–50°N with the exception of Baden.
- Amongst most northerly wine regions in the world
- Cool, continental climate
- Site selection; Most along river Rhine & tributaries
- radiates heat
- moderates temperature
- extending the growing season
- steep, south facing slopes for maximum sun exposure (70% in Mosel)
- Mitigates spring frost
- morning mist ideal for botrytis
- Mountain ranges; Taunus, Haardt
- shelter from cold winds and rain
- Very varied; in certain areas, stony soils radiate heat, key for grape ripeness.
- Slate: red, blue and black - Riesling does well on slate (Mosel, Ahr), distinct mineral character.
- Calcareous soils in Baden, Pfalz and Rheinhessen – good for Spät- and Weissburgunder and Chardonnay
- Clayey soils, Franken – best for Silvaner, Grauburgunder prefers heavy, clayey soils.
- Erosion on steep slopes is a major problem: keeping it back up is a adding cost.
Why: to cope with the cool climate of Germany
- Müller Thurgau
In particular, acidity levels are low and sugar high. Suitable for Liebfraumilch
- Dornfelder, most successful second most planted black variety.
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