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Saale-Unstrut Wine Region

The Saale-Unstrut wine region is located primarily in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt), with a little portion stretching over into the state of Thuringia (Thüringen). The region runs along the Saale and Unstrut rivers and is Germany's most northern wine region.

Germany's fifth smallest wine region.
1,606 acres (650 hectares)
1.2 million gallons (46,000 hectoliters) of wine are produced annually in the Saale-Unstrut region (27.3% Prädikatswein; 72.5% Qualitätswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete). This accounts for only 0.5% of the volume from Germany's entire wine region.

Climate & Geography

The soil in this region consists of limescale, slate, and sandstone, which help produce hearty wines. The region gets a great amount of sunshine and little rain, making it one of Germany's driest wine regions. It also experiences harsh winters. Because of this, mainly early ripening grapes are cultivated in this region.

Grape Varieties
78% white and 22% red grape varieties are planted in the Saale-Unstrut region. The dominant grapes are the Müller-Thurgau and Weissburgunder. Other important grapes are listed below.

  Müller-Thurgau White 22.6%
  Weissburgunder White 11.7%
  Silvaner White 8.9%
  Kerner White 7.2%
  Portugieser Red 7.2%
  Riesling White 6.1%
  Dornfelder Red 4.6%
  Gewürztraminer White 4.5%
  Grauburgunder White 3.8%
  Gutedel White 3.7%
  Spätburgunder Red 3.7%
  (Statistics from

Characteristics of Saale-Unstrut Wine
The Saale-Unstrut region's northern location helps to produce especially fragrant, elegant, and spicy wines. Typical for the region are dry wines with a fine fruitiness.

Saale-Unstrut Wine Region
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