Germany first began to grow wine when the Romans brought vines up in the 100 BC years. By the 1600s, Germany was famous for its white wines. Germany’s Rhine Wines are mentioned in Hamlet and other Shakespeare plays.
Germany’s most famous wines are made with the Riesling and Gewurztraminer grapes. In addition to these white wines, Germany is also famous for its Quälitatswein – late harvest sweet wine. One of the best known is Liebfrauenmilch, a sweet, gentle dessert wine. Other Quälitatsweins include Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein, and Trockenbeerenauslese.