Liebfraumilch wine speaks to explain Liebfraumilch wine, what is Liebfraumilch wine and how is Liebfraumilch wine made.
Liebfraumilch is a style of semi sweet German wine which traditionally is produced in the Rheinhessen, Palatinate, Rheingau and Nahe regions. It actually is thought to mean “Maidens Milk”.
It originally was a high quality wine that had a very limited distribution.
The generic label Liebfraumilch is used to market vintages from anywhere in the Rheinhessen/Nahe area. In Germany this wine is sold as low-priced supermarket wine due to the perceived campiness of its label and because its characteristics do not make it a good companion to modern cuisine.
Wine with very similar characteristics but made from higher quality grapes is labeled as Spätlese or Auslese from their appropriate regions.
The major Liebfraumilch producing company is owned and operated by the Valckenberg family which was in fact started by a Dutch immigrant. There are also three other producing companies.
In the U.S. and the UK, perhaps the best known example has been Blue Nun, which no longer uses the Liebfraumilch designation. While the term is associated with low quality wine, Liebfraumilch is defined by the German Wine Law as one step above the lowest category, Tafelwein (table wine).
However, in Germany the label is often seen as symbolic of a string of marketing failures and food scandals that have damaged the public image of German wine in the past. Liebfraumilch remains a very popular white wine throughout North America and Europe.
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