Located in southwest Germany, the Pfalz wine region is known for producing a wide variety of high-quality wines, both white and red. The region's vineyards are planted on hillsides and slopes along the Rhine, which has a moderating influence on the climate and allows for a longer growing season.
The Pfalz region is best known for its white wines, of which the most famous grape variety is Riesling. Palatinate Riesling wines are typically medium-bodied, with lively acidity and flavors of citrus, peach and apricot. The region also produces other white grape varieties such as Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer, which are known for their fruity, floral aromas and flavours.
The Palatinate region is also known for its red wines, especially those made from the Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) grape variety. Pfalz Spätburgunder wines are typically medium-bodied, with flavors of cherry and raspberry, and a subtle earthiness.
Palatinate wines can be classified according to their level of maturity, with the most common levels being Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, and Beerenauslese. These wines vary in sweetness, with Kabinett being the driest and Beerenauslese being the sweetest.