Facts about Germany 2015 2015 - Page 172

170 | 171 WAY OF LIFE TOPIC LEISURELY ENJOYMENT Since the beginning of the millennium, countries, one of the medium-sized wine-pro- German wine has seen a veritable renais- ducing nations; in 2014 production stood at sance internationally, which has much to 9.5 million hectolitres. Organic wine has a do with the term “Riesling miracle” and is market share of between four and five percent. to a large extent embodied by a young gen- The German wine growing areas are some of eration of vintners who focus more on high the most northerly in the world. Apart from quality than high profits. The long growing Saxony and Saale-Unstrut they are primarily season and comparatively low summer heat located in the south and southwest of the ensure German wines are refined and do country. The three biggest growing areas are not have a high alcohol content. Rhinehessen, the Palatinate, and Baden. Almost 140 types of grape are grown, whereby German wines are grown in 13 areas in which, some two dozen are of major significance for across a gross area of around 102,000 hectares, the market, primarily the white Riesling and a large variety of wines typical of each particu- Müller-Thurgau varieties. There is a split of lar region are produced. Given the amount of about 65 percent white wine and 35 percent land used, and a grand total of about 80,000 red wine, whereby pinot noir and Dornfelder vineyards, Germany is, compared with other are the most important varieties of red grape. Germany is also a beer-loving country. German beer is appreciated primarily on ac- NUMBER 282 count of what is in some cases a centuriesold brewing tradition practised by small family and monastery breweries. The Beer Purity Law of 1516, the world’s oldest food restaurants in Germany, more than ever before, were awarded one, two, or even three Guide Michelin stars in 2015. Eleven restaurants were include in the top 3-star category. Germany thus maintained its position as the European country with the most 3-star establishments after France, the country of gourmets. law, applies to all German beers without ex- → restaurant.michelin.de There is no clear picture for eating habits in ception. It states that apart from water, hops, and barley, no other ingredients may be used. Between 5,000 and 6,000 sorts of beer are produced in Germany, most of them are Pilsner beers; overall, however, consumption is falling. Germany. On the one hand, many consumers