Saxony is the most north-easterly wine-growing region in Germany and one of the smallest in Europe. It is unusual in that the vineyards are divided up into small plots that are cultivated by more than 3,000 small wine-growers.
Many of these smaller enterprises run wine taverns, where they serve their own wines with hearty meals. As a general rule, it's uncommon to find Saxon wine elsewhere in Germany since it is mostly consumed within the area in which it is produced. The traditional wine taverns are joined by local wine cellars and fine restaurants in offering Saxon wines on their drinks menu.
The varied choice of wine by no means reflects Saxony's compact size, with all kinds of grapes being cultivated in the region, including the exclusive Goldriesling.
Main grape varieties: Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, white Burgundy, Pinot Gris and Traminer