Thursday, December 18, 2014

Germany’s Best Dry Rieslings – Feinschmecker Riesling Cup 2014

Picture: Annette Schiller, ombiasy PR and WineTours, and Stephanie Weegmüller at Weingut Weegmüller during the visit of the Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014), see: Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy, 2014

The results of the Feinschmecker Riesling Cup 2014 - Germany’s Best Dry Rieslings - were announced.

Picture: Feinschmecker Riesling Cup

The Feinschmecker Riesling Cup 2014 went to a producer in the Pfalz: Weingut Weegmüller in Heustadt-Haardt for: 2013 Weingut Weegmüller, Der Mineralische, Riesling Kabinett trocken.

Already 15 years ago, Weingut Weegmüller won the Feinschmecker Riesling Cup (for its 1998 Weingut Weegmüller, Haardter Herrenletten, Riesling Spätlese trocken).

Picture: Stephanie Weegmüller and Gabriele Weegmüller receiving the Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy, 2014 Group  at Weingut Weegmueller

Picture: Stephanie Weegmüller, Christian G.E. Schiller, Annette Schiller and Gabriele Weegmüller at Weingut Weegmüller, Pfalz, Germany, during the German Wine and Culture Tour by ombiasy, 2013

Weingut Weegmüller is owned and run by two charming and entertaining sisters, Stefanie and Gabriele Weegmüller. The Weegmüller sisters and their winery are well established in the German wine scene; Gault Millau gives them 3 (out of 5) grapes. On both the Germany Wine Tour by ombiasy (2013) and the Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014), we stopped at Weingut Weegmüller and had a wonderful tasting with Steffi and Gabi.

For more on Weingut Weegmüller, see:
The World Meets at Weingut Weegmueller, Pfalz, Germany

Runner-up was Weingut Fritz Haag from the Mosel with: 2013 Weingut Fritz Haag, Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling GG.

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller and German Winemaker Oliver Haag, Weingut Fritz Haag, in Seattle

Weingut Fritz Haag, currently owned and run by Oliver Haag, is a world class producer from the Mosel, with 5 (out of 5) grapes in the Gault Millau. Interestingly, Weingut Fritz Haag is known for its fruity-sweet and noble-sweet, low alcohol wines. But Oliver also knows who to make ultra-premium dry Riesling.

For more on Weingut Fritz Haag, see:
The German Winemakers at the 4th Riesling Rendezvous in Seattle, USA 

The third place also went to the Mosel: Weingut Carl Loewen with its 2013 Weingut Carl Loewen,
Thörnicher Ritsch Riesling trocken

For previous years, see on schiller-wine:
Germany’s Best Dry Rieslings – Feinschmecker Riesling Cup 2013
Germany’s Best Dry Rieslings – Feinschmecker Riesling Cup 2012
Germany’s Best Dry Rieslings - Feinschmecker Riesling Cup 2011
The 11 Top German Dry Rieslings – Feinschmecker German Riesling Cup 2010 (Vintage 2009)
The 13 Top German Dry Rieslings – Feinschmecker German Riesling Cup 2009 (Vintage 2008)
Riesling Cup 2009 - Germany's Top Dry 2007 Rieslings

Riesling in the World

There are about 47000 hectares planted with Riesling worldwide. Germany – with 22500 hectares – accounts for about half of the total. The second and third largest Riesling producer are the US (mainly Washington State and Finger Lakes Region) with 4800 hectares and Australia with 4100 hectares. But this is only about 1/10 of the total. Alsace follows with 3500 hectares. Alsace, Ukraine and Austria follow with 3500 hectares, 2700 hectares and 1900 hectares, respectively.

Overall, Riesling is really a niche wine, accounting for less than 1 percent of total wine production in the world - but a very special niche wine. In terms of quality wines, Riesling is usually included in the top three white wine varieties, with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Riesling is highly terroir-expressive, meaning that the character of Riesling wines is clearly influenced by the wine’s place of origin.

The Top 16 Wines

Platz 1
Weinname: 2013 Der Mineralische Riesling Kabinett trocken
Weingut: Weegmüller
Weinregion: Pfalz
Platz 2
Weinname: 2013 Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Großes Gewächs
Weingut: Fritz Haag
Weinregion: Mosel
Platz 3
Weinname: 2013 Thörnicher Ritsch Riesling trocken
Weingut: Carl Loewen
Weinregion: Mosel
Platz 4
Weinname: 2013 Hörrweiler Gewürzgärtchen Riesling Spätlese trocken
Weingut: Huff-Doll
Weinregion: Rheinhessen
Platz 5
Weinname: 2013 Oberweseler Oelsberg Riesling Spätlese trocken Alte Rebe
Weingut: Dr. Randolf Kauer
Weinregion: Mittelrhein
Platz 6
Weinname: 2013 Lorcher Schloßberg Riesling Spätlese trocken
Weingut: Paul Laquai
Weinregion: Rheingau
Platz 7
Weinname: 2013 Graacher Ortsriesling trocken
Weingut: Dr. Loosen
Weinregion: Mosel
Platz 8
Weinname: 2013 Escherndorfer Lump Riesling Großes Gewächs
Weingut: Horst Sauer
Weinregion: Franken
Platz 9
Weinname: 2013 Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Großes Gewächs
Weingut: Grans-Fassian
Weinregion: Mosel
Platz 10
Weinname: 2013 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Großes Gewächs
Weingut: Hermann Dönnhoff
Weinregion: Nahe
Platz 11
Weinname: 2013 Bopparder Hamm Mandelstein Riesling Auslese trocken
Weingut: August & Thomas Perll
Weinregion: Mittelrhein
Platz 12
Weinname: 2013 Kiedricher Turmberg Riesling trocken
Weingut: Robert Weil
Weinregion: Rheingau
Platz 13
Weinname: 2013 Maximin Grünhaus Abtsberg Riesling trocken
Weingut: Maximin Grünhaus – Schlosskellerei C. v. Schubert

Weinregion: Mosel/Ruwer
Platz 14
Weinname: 2013 Niederberg-Helden Riesling trocken
Weingut: Schloss Lieser
Weinregion: Mosel
Platz 15
Weinname: 2013 Monzinger Halenberg Riesling Großes Gewächs
Weingut: Schäfer-Fröhlich
Weinregion: Nahe
Platz 16
Weinname: 2013 Gross-Winternheim Bockstein Riesling trocken
Weingut: Bioweingut Elke und Eckhard Weitzel
Weinregion: Rheinhessen

schiller-wine: Related Posting

4 Wine Tours by ombiasy coming up in 2015: Germany-East, Germany-South. Germany-Nord and Bordeaux

Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy, 2014

Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy, 2014

German Wine and Culture Tour by ombiasy, 2013

Bordeaux Wine Tour 2013 by ombiasy

The German Winemakers at the 4th Riesling Rendezvous in Seattle, USA 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this list of top wines with us. This list is so useful for wine lovers as detail of the wines about their region, their weingut because today wein online is so easy with online shopping.