The German wine region is one of the most northerly in the world and produces elegant and aromatically pure white wines. German vineyards are mainly planted along river valleys, and tributaries, which are often sheltered by mountains providing a multitude of microclimates. Although German wines are produced using a wide range of grape varietals, in the export market Germany's reputation is primarily based on wines made from the Riesling grape, which at its best is used for aromatic, fruity and elegant white wines that range from very crisp and dry to well-balanced, sweet and of enormous aromatic concentration. But don’t for a minute believe it ends there. Germany produces some of the most incredible wine styles, and although it seems a mystery to the untrained eye, learning to read the label is what it takes to unlock the flavor mystery and begin to enjoy the fruits of this intricate wine region.