Weekly wine defined: Bereich

Mary writes:

Bereich is German for district, similar to our AVA.

According to German wine laws a Bereich is a district within a quality-wine growing region. There are 43 Bereiche throughout the 13 wine growing regions.

If a wine label carries a Bereich name, like Bereich Berkastel, it’s considered to be of good quality. But, like anywhere in the wine world, the more real estate listed on the label, the higher quality the wines will be. Look for the name of the vineyard or a great producer such as Joh. Jos. Prüm badstube riesling Auslese, Mosel. At just over $40, this wine will turn the heads of even red wine lovers.