Germany | Baden
Baden is the southernmost German wine region and the third largest. It is primarily a long, slim strip of vineyards nestled between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River, extending some 400 km from the Tauber in the north to Lake Constance in the south. A wide variety of wines are made along the Baden wine route with many connoisseurs agreeing that they are "blessed by the sun". Plenty of sunshine hours and Germany's warmest places on the Kaiserstuhl, ensure that this is the case.
The nine areas into which the wine region is divided differ in terms of landscape, soil types and climate. To the north, in Tauberfranken, on the Badische Bergstraße and in Kraichgau, the focus is on the Rivaner, Riesling and Pinot Meunier grape. In the middle of Baden, in the Ortenau, Pinot Noir, Riesling (also known as Klingelberger) and Spicy Gewürztraminer (Clevner) is predominantly grown, and in the south, in the Breisgau, on the Kaiserstuhl and in the Tuniberg, red and white pinot dominates. The old white wine variety Gutedel is cultivated in Markgräflerland between Freiburg and the Swiss border, whilst Pinot Noir and Müller-Thurgau thrive at Lake Constance.
Baden is the most important German region for Pinot Noir. It is very popular in all its diversity of styles and flavours and also as rosé or Weißherbst. Velvety, powerful wines are increasingly matured in barriques.