Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Best German Red Wines - Deutscher Rotweinpreis 2015 (German Red Wine Awards 2015)

Picture: Christian Schiller and Joachim Heger, Weingut Dr. Heger, see: Visit: Weingut Dr. Heger in Baden – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

The annual German Red Wine Competition (Deutscher Rotweinpreis), organized by the international wine magazine Vinum, exists since 1987. At that time, German red wine accounted for only about 15 percent of German wine output. Today, we are well over 35 percent. And not only the vineyard area planted with red grapes has expanded dramatically, but also the quality has improved considerably. Today, German red wine can compete with any red wine in the world, I believe. As a result, German red wines are increasingly appearing in the international wine market. Of course, given its location, they tend to be not like the fruity red wines we know from warmer countries, but lean and more elegant, with a lot of finesse.

Picture: Deutscher Rotweinpreis 2015

About 1500 wines were submitted for the competition. The wines were grouped into 8 categories. For each category, the winner (“Sieger”) and the 2 runners-up (2. Platz and 3. Platz) were announced.

Württemberg was able to place 8 wines in the top-3 lists, the Pfalz 6 wines, Baden 5 wines, the Ahr 2 wines and Rheinhessen and Franken 1 wine each. 4 of the #1 wines are from Württemberg and 4 from the Pfalz. Baden was able to wine once.

Pictures: Awards Ceremony (Photos: Steffen Röll)

Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)

Sieger 2013 Pinot Noir "Steinrassel" Pfalz Weingut Matthias Gaul
2. Platz 2013 Achkarrer Schlossberg Großes Gewächs Baden Weingut Heger
3. Platz 2012 Pinot Noir "R" Ahr Winzergenossenschaft Mayschoß-Altenahr


Sieger 2012 Nicodemus Hades Württemberg Weingut Jürgen Ellwanger und 2009 Das Kreuz Pfalz Weingut Rings
3. Platz 2013 NaaN Baden Weingut Seeger

Pictures: Andreas Rings, Weingut Rings, and Annette and Christian Schiller in Frankfurt, Germany

Unterschätzte Sorten (Underrated Varieties)

Sieger 2012 Portugieser Réserve Pfalz Weingut Rings
2. Platz 2013 Trollinger "Edition P" Württemberg Fellbacher Weingärtner
und 2012 Portugieser Réserve Pfalz Jürgen Krebs

Deutsche Klassiker

Sieger 2012 St. Laurent Réserve Pfalz Weingut Philipp Kuhn
2. Platz 2012 St. Laurent Rheinhessen Weingut Neef-Emmich
3. Platz 2013 Frühburgunder Großes Gewächs Ahr Weingut Kreuzberg

Internationale Klassiker

Sieger 2012 Syrah Großheppacher Wanne Württemberg Weingut Bernhard Ellwanger
2. Platz 2013 Syrah Baden Weingut Fritz Waßmer
3. Platz 2012 Cabernet Franc Pfalz Philipp Kuhn


Sieger 2013 Stettener Mönchberg Großes Gewächs Württemberg Weingut Karl Haidle
2. Platz 2012 Stettener Mönchberg Großes Gewächs Württemberg Weingut Karl Haidle
3. Platz 2013 Blaufränkisch "R" Baden Weingut Seeger

Picture: 2013 Stettener Mönchberg Großes Gewächs Württemberg Weingut Karl Haidle (Photo: Weingut Haidle)

Neuzüchtungen (New Varieties)

Sieger 2012 Dornfelder "Anton" Baden Weingut Harald Stelz
2. Platz 2011 Zweigelt Réserve Württemberg Weingut Klopfer
3. Platz 2012 Zweigelt "Goldadler" Korber Sonnenhalde Württemberg Weingut Zimmerle

Edelsüß (Noble-sweet)

Sieger 2012 Eiswein Spätburgunder Weißherbst Fellbacher Goldberg Württemberg Fellbacher Weingärtner
2. Platz 2013 Spätburgunder Trockenbeerenauslese Randersackerer Sonnenstuhl Franken Weingut Störrlein & Krenig

Schiller-wine - Related Postings

Weingut Freiherr von Gleichenstein in Baden: Tour and Tasting with Baron Johannes von Gleichenstein – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014), Germany

Weingut Franz Keller in Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden: Cellar Tour and Tasting with Fritz Keller – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Wine Tasting at Weingut Bernhard Huber – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Visit: Weingut Dr. Heger in Baden – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Weingut Karl-Heinz Johner in Baden: Cellar Tour and Tasting with Karl-Heinz and Patrick Johner – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Wine Tasting at Weingut Friedrich Becker – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

The Tim Atkin Pinot Noir Taste-Off of October 2011: Germany Versus the Rest of the World - German Red Wines Show Strong Performance

Surprising the World with their Pinot Noir: Johannes and Christoph Thoerle, Winzerhof Thoerle, Rheinhessen, Germany

Weingut Huber: One of the Fathers of the German Red Wine Revolution: Weingut Huber in Baden

A Pinot Noir Star: Visiting August Kesseler and his Weingut August Kesseler in Assmannshausen, Germany

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