Germany’s smallest and easternmost wine region lies in the Elbe River Valley. Dresden, nicknamed the “Florence of the Elbe” because of its cultural ambience and mild climate, and Meissen are the main towns. Vines are planted mostly on steep, terraced slopes of granite. Although the palette of Saxon wines is diverse, Rivaner, Riesling and Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) are foremost, and sold as dry varietals. A small quantity of Goldriesling, a rare Riesling-Muscat crossing, is produced – a speciality found nowhere else in Germany.
800 years of wine tradition
Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Weissburgunder, Grauburgunder, Traminer, Kerner as well as a small quantity of the specialty Goldriesling next to Spätburgunder and Dornfelder