Wines from Baden
Taste the Top-Quality Wines from Baden
Baden, which is a historical region in the southwestern part of Germany, is also popularly known as a quality wine region too.
This, which forms a part of the Baden-Württemberg state, is one among the country’s thirteen official wine regions and is also the third largest wine region in the country.
Not only this, Baden is also the longest wine region of the country at about 250 miles, extending from Franken in the northern side to the Lake Constance in the southern end.
So, it’s time for us to know about this exclusive wine region, isn’t it? Well, continue reading to know all about Baden here…
Past and Present of Baden’s Wine Industry
Baden is found to be long associated with viticulture with its history, having dates back to the twelfth century.
At present, the region has almost 15,906 hectares of land under vine cultivation.
Although this is a very large wine region, this is appearing to be only less known on global export wine markets when compared to several other smaller wine regions in Germany.
The exports are found to be much less that of the French Alsace, which is comparable in size to Baden. Within the region, there are several winemaking cooperatives (almost 100) and these are found to be contributing about 85% of the wine production here.
Geography and Climate of Baden
Geographically, this region is found to be located on the eastern banks of the River Rhine with most parts of the region lying in the Rhine rift.
Thus, this region is found to be protected by the Black Forest and the mountains of Vosges.
This placement of Baden is making it the warmest region with sunny and dry climatic conditions.
As I mentioned earlier, this is the longest region and due to its longer north-south distance, the whole region is sub-divided into 9 districts as follows:
- Badische Bergstrasse
When it comes to soils, the types of soils in Baden are found to be varying widely and include the following:
These differences in soil types along with the differences in climatic conditions are accounting for the wide diversity in the wine portfolio of Baden.
Wines of Baden
Most of the wines of interest of Baden region are from the hundred-mile stretch, that is, between the Freiburg City and the Mannheim City.
When we narrow this down, we can see that most of the highly acclaimed and complex wines of Baden are from the following districts lying in this stretch:
A specialty about these districts is that they are located parallel to the world-famous Alsace and Pfalz regions and are found to be protected by the mountains of Vosges and Haardt.
This placement is offering these regions with the colder and wetter winds, which play an important role in the viticulture here.
In general, the white wines from Baden are found to be fresh, spicy, and aromatic with fragrances and the red wines are found to be full-bodied and velvety or fiery in nature.
It has been observed that although white wines are accounting for the majority of wine production here, the region is more popular for its red wines.
Grape Varieties in Baden
We can see that the majority of the regions vineyard area is being covered by the grape varieties of the family Pinot with Pinot Noir as the primary crop accounting for almost 37% of the Badens vineyards.
The other major varieties in Baden are as follows:
- Pinot gris
- Pinot blanc
- Cabernet Mitos
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