Ciatti Germany was established as a separate office from Ciatti Europe in 2008 to specifically focus and promote the German wine industry. Since then, it has developed and now specializes in bulk wine, case goods and contract bottling for the German market. The office is based in the picturesque town of Bernkastel-Kues, which is convenient for wine industry contacts.
54470 Bernkastel-Kues, Germany
About German Wine
Germany has over 250,000 acres of vineyards. This equals to about 10% of France, Spain, or Italy’s vineyard surface coverage. The country’s total wine production reaches about 9 million hectoliters per year. This correlates to 1.2 billion bottles, making Germany the eighth largest wine-producer worldwide. Two thirds of Germany’s wine production is that of white varieties.
Wine from Germany is mainly produced in Germany’s western regions. Mostly, wine production occurs along the Rhine river and its creeks. The oldest wineries in Germany go all the way back to the Roman times. Nearly 60% of the German wine is produced in the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, which is where 6 of the 13 quality wine regions are located.
In order to produce grapes sustainable to to the country’s northern climate, several crosses have now been created, including Müller-Thurgau. There has been a recent increase in Riesling cultivating, since demand around the world and within the country has been in very high demand.
Vineyards find several microclimate effects to help moderate the temperature. Soil is mainly slate in its’ steep valleys, which absorbs heat from the sun, while retaining it through the night. Soil is lime and clay mostly through the rolling hills of Germany. Locations are typically very steep, in turn catching the most sunlight while facing the south and southwest towards the sun, but they are difficult to harvest logistically.
Since Germany’s vineyards are quite small compared to new world vineyards, the lists of wines produced are long and complex, with many wines being very rare to find.