Is Trollinger A Bottom of the Barrel Wine?

Trollinger wine is produced in the Württemberg region of SW Germany

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.

I would love to hear your thoughts on Trollinger!

Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.


  1. Italian Notes | Pickled green tomatoes November 18, 2011 at 11:51 am - Reply

    […] part of the Food Friday fun here’s a link to ExpatGermany’s post on the German wine Trollinger, which may or may not taste good with pickled […]

  2. Mette Christensen November 18, 2011 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I’m not sure how the Food Friday fun works, but I wanted to provide a sour counterpoint to the sweet wine:)

  3. CN Heidelberg November 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Hmm, I don’t think I’ve had it, but I’m curious now!

  4. Turkey's For Life November 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    I’m in the ‘never heard of it’ camp but I’d definitely give it a go. I’m no wine snob and if it’s drinkable, I’ll drink it – and tell the locals how good it is, of course. 🙂

  5. Trollinger: A Good German Wine? | Expat in Germany | Wine Bottle Covers November 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    […] the original post here: Trollinger: A Good German Wine? | Expat in Germany Share and […]

  6. Laurel November 18, 2011 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    @Mette – Oh good, I’m on my way over now to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

    @CN Heidelberg – It’s definitely worth trying – at least once.

    @Julia – I’d never heard of it either until I lived in Stuttgart. I’m not a wine snob either, but even I’m not a fan of it. Worth trying though.

  7. Best Ribs: Texas Smoked Ribs Recipe « « Country SkipperCountry Skipper November 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    […] for updates on this topic.Powered by WP Greet Box WordPress PluginIt’s Food Friday over at Expat in Germany, so I decided to introduce you to the best ribs I’ve ever had. To understand just how good […]

  8. Sabrina November 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Hmmm, lived in Swabia for a while and somehow got around ever trying this “delicacy” 🙂 Sounds a little too acidy for my taste. Have you tried another very, very Swabian dish? Spaetzle with lentils? Tastes much better than it sounds 🙂

    I submitted a rib recipe for your Food Fridays. Enjoy!

  9. Cathy Sweeney November 18, 2011 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    I’d give it a try — mostly because your photo looks so good! Doesn’t sound like the kind of wine I usually like, but you never know. 🙂

  10. Laurel November 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    @Sabrina – What? How is that possible? :). I love spaetzle with lentils, even though it doesn’t sound very good. Will check out your rib post. Thanks for participating in Food Friday.

    @Cathy – It’s definitely worth a try. I’ve had it quite a few times, mostly when I’m with Swabian friends 🙂

  11. Sue November 18, 2011 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    Ahh looking for wine- what a great adventure!

  12. amandapoverseas November 19, 2011 at 12:51 am - Reply

    I’m really not much a wine person, but it can’t hurt to try a glass, and I guess I’m in the right region for it.

  13. Jenna November 19, 2011 at 6:46 am - Reply

    It doesn’t exactly shound great…but that is one of the things I love about Europe. There are so many traditions that vary from region to region. It reminds me of the wine-making in Moravia. The Czechs are very proud of their wine, and it is culturally quite important, even if it isn’t to everyone’s taste.

  14. Claudia August 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Once a friend of mine said “Das Leben ist zu kurz zum Trollinger trinken” (Life’s too short for drinking Trollinger) – so I am more in the cough syrup section, but I love a Lemberger or Spätburgunder ;). They are a little bit heavier but with much more flavor. If you go more for the not so heavy, slightly sweet type, try a “Spätburgunder Weißherbst” Rose made out of black grapes.
    Really nice and interesting website – Food Friday – good Idea, will come back with something.

  15. udo schaller April 1, 2015 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Since I was born in Stuttgart….you will never hear me say anything bad about Trollinger….aber Trollinger mit Lemberger ist ausgezeichnet.


    • Laurel April 18, 2015 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      @Udo – I understand :). I didn’t mind it after a few tries, but I think it is an acquired taste.

  16. Eric April 13, 2016 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    I am from that region and what should be mentioned is that Trollinger needs to be slightly chilled for ideal taste. Not as cold as a white wine but definitely cooler than how you’d normally serve a red wine. Not sure what that says about its quality, but then, have you ever tried a warm Coke? 😉 The other good thing about Trollinger is that it’s not very heavy, alcohol-wise. I just don’t like the trend that red wines need to have 14-15% alcohol nowadays it seems. Too heavy for my taste.

    • Laurel April 14, 2016 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Eric – Thanks for the tip about drinking Trollinger slightly chilled – excellent point!

  17. Steve Bush July 18, 2016 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    I don’t know what Trollinger you’ve been drinking, but I love it. Yes, it should, like Dornfelder, be drunk chilled. Preferably sat amidst one of the vineyards of the region on a hot summer’s day. But failing that any time will do. It’s a very light red, more like a rose than a traditional heavy set oak barrelled red, but it’s hard to beat for refreshing fruity drinkable wine.

Leave A Comment