The Ortenau fascinates by a unique triad of countrysides: dainty wine-planted slopes in the middle, fertile meadows on the banks of the Rhine on one side, and the romantic mountains of the Black Forest on the other side.
The region extends about 60 kilometers from Baden-Baden along the Black Forest hills to Offenburg, which makes it Germany’s most southern Riesling region. Besides this elegant vine, which is here also known as “Klingelberger”, the Ortenau achieves to convince above all with mellifluous and abundant Pinots. Most of the vineyards are located in steep valleys of creeks or rivers, so they are protected from cold winds; the total wine growing area extends over 2,700 hectares.
The mild climate and 1,700 sunshine hours per year make the Ortenau a golden wine countryside. The character of the Riesling originates from the vineyard: The weathered granite and gneis soils, which partially contain portions of porphyr and quartzite, give the wine noticeable mineral tones, a slim structure, transparent flavors, and a vivid freshness. Pinot noir often can be found at lower altitudes with rich soils and a relatively high portion of sand. It is characterized by a complexe puzzle out of cool fruit, smokey nuances, velvety tannins, dark berries, and full extracts. None of Germany’s growing areas has been honored with as many awards, nationwide and at international level, as the Ortenau.
The traditional structure of the sorts, the quality, and the exclusiveness will impress you. We have compiled detailed information about the terroir of the Ortenau wine growing region in our “experts’ knowledge”. Or are you searching a certain vintner from the Ortenau? You will certainly find him in our “vintners’ search”.