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The Deutsche Weinstrasse, or German Wine Route, wends through the Pfalz (or Palatinate) region, connecting more than 40 historic winemaking villages. Stretching 53 miles north from the French border, it’s Germany’s largest contiguous winegrowing area. The relative warmth of the region makes it popular not only with tourists plying the Weinstrasse, but with creative winemakers. Like those in the neighboring Rheinhessen, the winemakers of Pfalz in recent years have shifted their focus from mass production of simple wines (typically made from Müller-Thurgau) to elegant Rieslings, and complex reds made from Dornfelder, a modern German variety.



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