Liebfraumilch is named for the Liebfraumilch monastery, where monks created this gentle, sweet wine. It is a late-harvest style wine. They are typically made in the Nahe, Rheingau, Rheinhessen and Pfalz regions. A Liebfraumilch must be at least 70% Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Silvaner or Kerner.
The quality levels on a Liebfraumilch can vary wildly from winery to winery, and even from bottle to bottle from the same winery. It pays to do your homework and know something about the winery and vintage before buying a bottle of this wine.
The word Liebfraumilch, which means “milk of Our Lady,” can be traced back to the 16th or 17th century and was originally used only for wines produced from the vineyards of the Liebfrauenkirche, which translated means “church of our lady”, in the city of Worms in Germany's rheinhessen region. Over time many wine growers in the Rhine region adopted the name Liebfraumilch, and labelled their wines as such. In 1971 German laws passed setting rules for wines labelled Liebfraumilch. Under the new laws wines carrying the Liebfraumilch label could only come from 4 regions which include pfalz, rheinhessen, rheingau and nahe. These wines had to contain at least 18 grams of residual sugar and could be made using only muller-thurgau, sylvaner, kerner or riesling grapes.
Liebfraumilch is produced in the Nahe, Rheingau, Rheinhessen and Pfalz regions.
Liebfraumilch wine is usually a lower class cheap wine. They tend to be sweet and fruity with floral and green apple aromas. Best enjoyed with a barbequed chicken or a Swiss cheese.