Is Trollinger A Bottom of the Barrel Wine? It depends who you ask!
Trollinger wine is only produced in Württemberg an area in SW Germany that lies primarily between Stuttgart and Heilbronn. Many local residents, referred to as Swabians, love the stuff, describing it as, aromatic, fruity with a hint of strawberry. Plus there’s the local pride of the speciality grape found in very other regions around the world.
Germans residing outside the region are likely to answer with a face screwed up in disgust that says it all, with a wave of their hand dismissing the Swabians as silly for thinking that Trollinger is actually drinkable, let alone a good wine. Non-wine aficionados are more likely to remain more neutral, most likely never having heard of Trollinger.
Württemberg is one of only a few places in the world that produces the Trollinger grape and most of it is consumed locally. Only a small fraction of it is exported, making Trollinger a rare wine. Unlike other items that are rare because they are so precious like yellow diamonds, Trollinger is rare for another reason. It is perhaps one would say…an acquired taste. In watching many expat friends taste their first sip of Trollinger I’ve heard the taste described as it tastes like cough syrup, it’s so metallic tasting, or it tastes like rancid berries. None of which conjure up a sense of urgency to run out and try it.
Don’t let a Swabian hear you say that though, they’re very proud of their Trollinger wines. I’m personally not a big fan of it. It doesn’t go down nearly as smooth as other wines and I feel a slight burning in my throat when I drink it. Perhaps it would be good for healing a throat infection, killing all the bacteria? I much prefer Pumpkin wine or a Hugo Cocktail!
Having said that, I would recommend trying it when you’re in the Stuttgart region as it is one of the few places in the world you will find it. But here’s a tip, start by ordering a glass of Trollinger first before ordering a bottle.