If you only think of Black Tower and Blue Nun when you think of German wines then you will have an exceptionally pleasant surprise when you taste the area’s fine selection of wines.
Baden-Württemberg, the name of the region, is actually two wine regions brought together and their styles are actually very very different.
Wieden is in the Baden area, and this wine region covers a very large geographical area with 80% of the wine coming from a long narrow strip across the Rhine from Alsascine, sandwiched between the Rhine and the Black Forest.
In the Baden area it is the Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) that produce the finest wines. Traditionally they have produced a sweetish wine but are increasingly tending toward the more internationally accepted dry wines whilst remaining a very rich taste. Pinot Gris or Grauburgunder and Weißburgunder (Pinot blanc) are also found and these grapes also do very well in this area.
The most widely planted vine in Baden is Müller Thurgau which produces a very quaffable musky wine. Gutedel is also very commonly found. They have been described as 'winier' than in most of Germany as a cross between most German wines and the weightier wines from the Alsace (Oz Clarke).
You will rarely see these wines outside of Germany as so few escape the German market so seize the opportunity to sample these excellent value white, red and rose (Weißherbst), all of which will prove themselves very drinkable.
Travel to local vineyards at Kirchofen, Pfaffenweiler, Efringen Kirchen, and Wolfenweiler and taste their products, or to Staufen with its castle surrounded by vines (shown below), just a few kilometres from Wieden.
Further afield, Ihringen is one of the locally renowned areas, and some of our local favourites come from Behringer wines (no relation !)