Some 60 miles Frankfort lies what is sometimes described as "the Tuscany of German winemaking" -- the Pfalz.
equivalent, Palatinate, is often used when speaking about the
Pfalz so if you read about wines from the Rhine Palatinate or
Rheinpfalz ... you'll recognize that they mean Pfalzer wines.
the Rheinhessen wine region on the north and France on the south and
west, the vineyards of the Pfalz cover 50 miles of this beautifully
scenic landscape and produce more wine than any other region in
For decades the region was known for light, fruity wines, but today even the stronger reds are rivaling those found in France and Italy.
The best ranked
wineries are found in the northern half of the Pfalz. The white
Riesling wines produced in the villages of Wachenheim, Forst,
Deidesheim and Ruppertsberg are well-known in international wine
In addition to the predominant Rieslings you'll also
find whites made from Müller-Thurgau, Kerner, Silvaner and
Morio-Muskat grapes grown in the clay soils of this district
that produce aromatic, pleasant, mild wines.
areas of the Pfalz are made up of chalk, clay and loess soils
which tends to yield a more intense white wine. The Pfalz is also
known for smooth, fruity red wine made primarily from the Portugieser
More information about Pfalz wines around the Web:
Wine Region - Here's a great beginner guide to the region with details on the terroir, grape varietals, historical background, photos and related shopping resources..
Germany's Tuscany | the
Pfalz region - This archived feature from Food & Wine magazine is a wonderful resource for learning more about the region including the history to modern
wine production and ending with winegrowers in the Pfalz that come with
the highest recommendations.