Exquisite taste – we meet sommelière Nancy Grossmann

Today I’m going to be visiting the woman whom the Gault-Millau Restaurant Guide recently named their ‘Sommelière of the Year 2020’. She lives and works in Berlin. Home to almost four million people, the metropolis is a true cultural melting pot. Its nightlife, bars, people and, last but not least, its culinary landscape are defined by an incredible diversity and openness. This is a place of superlatives – higher, faster, further, better. And more exclusive, too. After all, Berlin has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in Germany. Nancy works at Rutz, a restaurant with three Michelin stars. She has agreed to tell me all about the special characteristics of German wine.

Wine is a passion, but it’s also a science.

First up, I learn that not all wines are equal, but that ultimately they are luxury consumables, so the important thing is to enjoy them. As a top sommelière, Nancy can pick out subtle nuances like sweet, bitter and salty, and the right acidity. Her path to becoming a wine expert extraordinaire began when she was already a trained restaurateur. She was one of the first women in Berlin to attend the German School of Wine.

“After completing my training as a restaurateur, I did a lot of travelling around Europe – from Portugal to Austria and Switzerland, before ending up back in Berlin!”

Wines in Germany

Particularly in the wine regions, charming landscapes, culture, hospitality and a love of the good things in life all combine to wonderful effect. There are a total of 13 wine regions scattered across Germany: Ahr, Baden, Franconia, Hessische Bergstraße, Mittelrhein, Mosel, Nahe, Pfalz, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Saale-Unstrut, Sachsen and Württemberg. Germany offers optimal climate conditions for growing the Riesling grape. The Mosel regions produces the finest Riesling wines.

Discover the taste of Germany!

The tastes of Germany are as varied as the country itself. Discover the must-eats on your journey across Germany.