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Evidence of viticulture in Germany, initiated by the Romans, can be found as early as AD 800. Thus the German wine-making tradition is long and illustrious. Many proprietors of German wine estates can trace their ancestry in double-digit generations, the oldest of which is Schloss Wallhausen of the Salm family, dating from AD 812. Many of the estates were the gifts of royalty for military or other service. Other historical estates, still famous today, were originally monastic settlements from the High Middle Ages, such as Schloss Johannisberg, Kloster Eberbach and Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg.

For a country just slightly smaller than Montana, Germany is seventh in world wine production and sixth in consumption. It is situated at the most northerly latitude at which grapes can ripen; the winters are cold and the growing season short, all of which, incidentally, are nearly identical to the Finger Lakes Region of New York.

Most of its wine regions are situated in central and southwestern Germany. The most significant are the Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Rheinpfalz, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Nahe, Franken and Baden. The Riesling grape is king in Germany, even though it represents only 20% of total plantings: Müller-Thurgau (a Riesling-silvaner cross) has the most, followed by the red grapes Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) and Dornfelder. In good years and in the care of master winemakers, Riesling makes one of the greatest white wines in the world, with a perfect balance of sugar and acid, exquisite fruit and fragrance and with considerable potential for aging.

The German wine label is, at once, the most informative and confusing in the world, but that is a topic of its own.

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  1. Zilliken Saarburg Rausch Riesling Kabinett  2015 / 750 ml.

    Zilliken Saarburg Rausch Riesling Kabinett

    2015 / 750 ml.

    Germany | Mosel-Saar-Ruwer | Mosel
    Item #23039
    $34.99
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  2. Weinreich Riesling Trocken  2013 / 750 ml.

    Weinreich Riesling Trocken

    2013 / 750 ml.

    Germany | Rheinhessen
    Item #39588
    $15.99
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  3. Weingut Robert Weil Kiedrich Grafenberg Auslese | Rheingau Riesling  2003 / 750 ml.

    Weingut Robert Weil Kiedrich Gräfenberg Auslese

    Rheingau Riesling | 2003 / 750 ml.

    Germany | Rheingau
    SP96
    Item #19697

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    $95.99
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  4. Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett feinherb  2014 / 750 ml.

    Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett feinherb

    2014 / 750 ml.

    Germany | Mosel-Saar-Ruwer | Mosel
    Item #41299
    $19.99
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  5. Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett  2007 / 750 ml.

    Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

    2007 / 750 ml.

    Germany | Mosel-Saar-Ruwer | Mosel
    Item #31397

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    $19.99
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  6. Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett  2015 / 750 ml.

    Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett

    2015 / 750 ml.

    Germany | Mosel-Saar-Ruwer | Mosel
    Item #44043
    $24.99
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  7. Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Riesling Classic  2014 / 750 ml.

    Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Riesling Classic

    2014 / 750 ml.

    Germany | Mosel-Saar-Ruwer | Mosel
    Item #37009
    $13.99
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  8. Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Richter Estate Riesling  2015 / 750 ml.

    Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Richter Estate Riesling

    2015 / 750 ml.

    Germany | Mosel-Saar-Ruwer | Mosel
    RP87
    Item #10456

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    $14.99
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  9. Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Mulheimer Helenenkloster Riesling Eiswein**  2010 / 375 ml.

    Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Mülheimer Helenenkloster Riesling Eiswein**

    2010 / 375 ml.

    Germany | Mosel-Saar-Ruwer | Mosel
    RP91
    Item #33195

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  10. Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Mulheimer Helenenkloster Riesling Eiswein  2002 / 375 ml.

    Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Mülheimer Helenenkloster Riesling Eiswein

    2002 / 375 ml.

    Germany | Mosel-Saar-Ruwer | Mosel
    Item #17995

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