Ask Sid: Pfalz or Palatinate?

May 10th, 2017
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Pfalz or Palatinate wine region germany
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Question: What is the difference in Germany between the wine regions of Pfalz and the Palatinate?

Answer: No difference really as both terms seem to be used interchangeably for that emerging exciting wine region in south west Germany highlighting spatburgunder (pinot noir) a variety which has been helped by global warming. Used to be historically the Upper Palatinate and the Lower Rhenish Palatinate. However after the Second World War the latter became officially Rhineland-Pfalz (or Rhineland Palatinate).

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