Thursday, March 10, 2011

The "German Wine Spectator Top 100 List" - Weinwirtschaft: Top 100 Wines in Germany in 2010

Picture: Christian G.E.Schiller with Philipp Wittmann in Mainz, a Weinwirtschaft Top 100 Producer in 2010

Weinwirtschaft: Top 100 Wines in Germany 2010

The German wine journal Weinwirtschaft just released its list of the top 100 wines of the year 2010. It is a bit like the Wine Spectator Top 100 list: the best wines are not the qualitatively best wines, but the best wines according to a combination of several criteria: (1) the tasting results, (2) the price-quality-ratio, (3) how the wine sells and (4) the marketing efforts of the wine producer.

This year, a total of 550 wines competed for the 100 top spots. 40 white wines and 60 red wines made it to the list. They convinced with top quality, good price-quality ratio, a clear retail structure and example-setting marketing. Only wines that sold more than 10.000 bottles in 2010 were included in the contest. That of course left the many smaller top wine makers out of the rating.

Overall, the list is dominated by Old World wines. The German consumers continue to be hesitant to buy New World wines, lead by the assumption that mother nature plays a much smaller role in growing and making the wine in the New World than in the Old World. Not a single wine from the US made it to the list, although I typically find inexpensive American wines on the shelves of the large supermarkets when I am in Germany. Perhaps the importers of American wine did not submit their wines.

Red Wines

The red wine list is dominated by Italy, with 25 of the 60 red wines coming from almost all Italian wine regions. Germans like Italian food, beaches and wine. Here are the 3 top red wines: (1) The 2006 Vigna Pedale Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva DOC by Torrevento (GES Sorrentiono) was named best red wine of the year, (2) followed by the 2006 Poggio Delle Faine Rosso Toscano IGT by Francesco Minini Cantina and (3) the 2007 Nipozzano Riserva Chianti Rúfina DOCG by Marchesi de‘ Frescobaldi

Spain and France are on the 2nd and 3nd place, respectively, with an somewhat improved showing this year compared with the previous year. 10 red wines from each of both countries are now on the list of red wines. Germany improved from 4 red wines last year to 6 red wines this year. With this improvement, Germany now accounts for 10% of the wines on the red wine list. The top German red wine is the 2008 Blauer Pinot Noir from Weingut Knipser (Pfalz).

White Wines

For the white wines, it is just the opposite. More than 50% of the winning white wines come from Germany. The top white wine of the year award went to the 2009 Saar Riesling from the Weingut Van Volxem in Wittingen (Mosel). Second is the 2009 Schloss Johannisberger Riesling Silberlack Grand Cru by Fürst von Metternich-Winneburg'sche Domäne in the Rheingau. Third is 2009 Riesling Deidesheimer Paradiesgarten Dr. Deinhard Kabinett dry from the Pfalz Weingut Von Winning.

The Weinwirtschaft 2010 Winners

The list reflects the wine consumer behavior in Germany well. For white wines, you go for German, in particular Riesling, wines. For red wines, you look to other European countries, in particular Italy, France, and Spain.

Prices are in Euros. 1Euro = 0.86BP = 1.36US$.

White wine of the year: 2009 Saar Riesling dry, Mosel - Weingut Van Volxem (10,60 Euro)

Red wine of the year: 2006 Vigna Pedale Castel del Monte Rosso Riserva DOC - Torrevento, GES Sorrentino (7,95 Euro)

German red wine of the year: 2008 Blauer Pinot Noir dry, Pfalz - Weingut Knipser (9,80 Euro)

Prosecco of the year: Il Fresco Prosecco Spumante DOC brut - Villa Sandi, Stephan Pellegrini (8,95 Euro)

The complete list of the Weinwirtschaft Top 100 Wines 2010 of Germany can be seen here.

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