Spätburgunder (Germany)

In Germany, Spätburgunder ("Late Burgundian") is a common name for Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir in Germany

Spätburgunder is Germany's most planted red wine grape.

The German climate is good for producing Pinot Noir.

Spätburgunder wines are similar in character to Pinot Noir wines from Burgundy.

If aged, French barrels (barriques) are most often used.

High quality regions are Baden, Pfalz and Ahr.

In Germany there is also a smaller, early ripening, variety called Frühburgunder ("Early Burgundian") which is grown in Rheinhessen and Ahr.