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Germany’s king of the grapes is Riesling, and aficionados hold in high esteem its aromatic and fruity wines, which range from crisp and dry to balanced and sweet. Because of its cool climate, Germany has developed many crosses between different grape varietals to try to produce a vine which would thrive. Yet its rising star is Pinot Noir, producing some fine, classy reds. After the glut of poor, low-end wine in the last century, top producers have now created a quality system to adhere to and in fact yields are constrained by law. Germany is striving to emulate past times in the 19th century when its most prized wines cost more than first-growth Bordeaux wines.