Dear Wine Lovers,
before you buy a wine, you have to pick it first. Apart from times, where you just buy the one you know, you will have to understand the label and it`s information. So, let us help you with that...
The label on a German wine is always differently designed and has sometimes more and sometimes less information than the others. But in general, the basic information are always given.
If you are interested in buying a specific sort or grape, you will surely find it on the cover. So, one of the (most of the times German written-) words will be the sort of grape, filled into this bottle. You can look for a "Riesling" or a "Silvaner" or even a "Gewürztraminer". For many wine enthusiasts, the year of harvest is very important for choosing the fitting wine. This is because of the fact that some years had better weather conditions or a better ground-texture. These elements/- or these special conditions are represented in the year, given on every bottle. You will have no problem in finding this information, because it is very likely to be the only number on the front. And for German wines it`s unique that the growing-place or area is represented on the label. So you can know, where these grapes are originally coming from. For example "Franken" as the region or "Nordheimer Vögelein" as the more specific place within that region.
Additionally you will find the quality level on the front label. If you are curious about the different German quality levels for wine, you can read about it on our Facebook page. You may here see words, like "Spätlese", "Kabinett" or "QbA". And at last, if the wine has a tendency, you will see if it is dry, half-dry or none of it. With "trocken = dry" for example.
So, for the next time in the wine aisle, you know how to pick your perfect fit.
Have a nice start into the wonderful week!
Your Vinhill Team in Shanghai