Baden

Baden - kissed by the sun

Baden is the southernmost of Germany's wine regions, a long, slim strip that extends from near Heidelberg in the north to Lake Constance (Bodensee) in the south. This is the famed "Black Forest" area. Germany's third largest wine region, Baden, is also its most diverse.

lt contains soils that range from gravel, limestone and clay to loess, volcanic stone and shell-lime. Its grapes are also varied, and include the flowery Müller-Thurgau; full-bodied Ruländer (Pinot gris); light, mild Gutedel; spicy Gewürztaminer; and the noble Riesling. About 23% of the vineyards are planted in Spätburgunder (Pinot noir), a red variety, which is full-bodied and fiery when grown in the volcanic soils of the Kaiserstuhl. Spätburgunder Weißherbst, a rosé wine, is a popular wine made here.

Whereas Germany's per capita consumption of wine is 32 bottles per year, each citizenof Baden averages 53 bottles - a tribute to their winemakers.


Wines: fresh, fragrant, spicy, aromatic white wines; velvety to fiery reds; fullbodied.

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