It would be easy, with its sprawling size and lack of historical repute, to dismiss Baden as a non-entity when it comes to wine.  This would be a grave error, however, for in recent times the region has discovered the vines that will thrive in its climate and has also developed an enviable gastronomic excellence that is spurring on its viniculture.  Over 30 Michelin-starred restaurants, a remarkable density, are demanding exceptional local wines and not being ignored.

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Styles of Wine

Owing to the relatively southern position of Baden, its wines are naturally drier, less acidic and more alcoholic than those from the famous northern regions.  Experimentation with oak, for both red and white wines, is leading to the structure and depth required to complement a wide range of foods.  In the south of the region, even the workhorse Müller-Thurgau is producing light whites of distinction.

Key Vines

Unusually for Germany, because it is red, Spätburgunder is the most planted vine in the region.  All the others of importance are white: Müller-Thurgau, Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Riesling, Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris), Gutedel (known as Chasselas in Switzerland) and Chardonnay.

Climate and Conditions

Being the most southerly wine region in Germany, there is plenty of sunshine to aid the ripening of the grapes.  Climate and conditions are conducive to viticulture and a self-disciplined restriction of yields is probably the most important factor in achieving quality.


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