German wine - wine regions
Saale-Unstrut wine region - traditional wine country
The small wine-growing regionSaale-Unstrut is the northernmost of Germany's wine-growing regions, with a long tradition of grape-growing and wine making. The first American rootstocks in Germany were planted in the region in 1887 after the Phylloxera disease affected vineyards there.
Vines are planted at the beginning of the romantic Saale River valley and on the hills near the town of Freyburg. In the warm valley of the riversSaale and UnstrutMüller-Thurgau, Silvaner and Weißburgunder (Pinot blanc) grapes are grown and made into a soft, dry white wine. Due to climatic conditions Spätlese (late harvest) and Auslese wines are very rare, but QbA and Kabinett wines are excellent when they are young.
Wines: soft and dry white wines, few Spätlese and Auslese wines, mediumbodied.