German wines are produced in 13 wine-growing areas in which, over an area of more than 100,000 hectares, a wide variety of wines are made. Apart from Saxony and Saale-Unstrut in the East, the German wine-growing areas are primarily in the southwest and south of the country.
Although almost 140 types of vine are planted, only two dozen, primarily the white wines Riesling and Müller-Thurgau, are widely known. Of the wine produced in Germany two thirds is white and one third red. 1.3 million of the more than 9 million hectoliters produced annually are exported, in particular to the USA, Great Britain and the Netherlands.