Sunday, December 18, 2022

Germany's Best Wines - 12th Focus-Magazin Wine Competition (2022)

Picture: Tasting at Weingut Krebs in Freinsheim, Pfalz, with Jürgen Krebs and Ann-Kathrin Müller - Germany-South and Alsace 2017 Tour by ombiasy WineTours 

For the 12th time, the FOCUS-Magazin, a leading German weekly paper, with the support of the German Wine Institute (DWI), organized a wine competition. 

All wines were tasted blindly by a jury of leading German winemakers, sommeliers, wine journalists and a Minister of the Federal Government, Mr. Wissing, who is from the Pfalz and used to be Minister of Agriculture (including wine) in the Government of Rheinland-Pfalz.

Interestingly, the focus was on what the Germans call "Burgunderreben/ burgundy grapes": Pinot varieties and Chardonnay. Germany's signature grape Riesling was on the backburner and only part of the competition in its sparkling form. There were no categories for neither fruity-sweet nor noble-sweet or dry Riesling still wines.

See here for the article and the results: FOCUS-Magazin, Ausgabe 48 vom 26. November 2022

Zum FOCUS-Artikel (pdf-download, mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Verlags)

Annette Schiller and I have visited a number of the winners on recent wine tours by ombiasy WineTours and I have added pictures from these visits.

Top 3 in each Category

Pinot Blanc dry, up to Euro 10

1. Platz 2021 Weißer Burgunder „Kernstück“, Weingut Margarethenhof, Forst/Pfalz 8,20 Euro

2. Platz 2021 Weißer Burgunder „Mit Freunden“, Weingut Closheim, Langenlonsheim/Nahe 8,80 Euro

3. Platz 2021 Weißer Burgunder, VDP Gutswein, VDP-Wein- und Sektgut F. B. Schönleber, Oestrich-Winkel/Rheingau 8,50 Euro

Picture: Cellar Tour, Tasting and Dinner at Wein- und Sektgut F.B. Schönleber in Östrich-Winkel, Rheingau, with Ralph and Bernd Schönleber - Germany-North Tour 2016 by ombiasy WineTours

Pinot Noir dry, more than Euro 15

1. Platz 2019 Herxheimer Himmelreich Spätburgunder, **Weingut Krebs, Freinsheim/Pfalz 46,00 Euro

1. Platz (ebenfalls wegen identischer Punktzahl) 2020 Sausenheimer Honigsack Spätburgunder, Weingut Karl-Heinz Gaul, Grünstadt-Sausenheim/Pfalz 32,00 Euro

3. Platz 2019 Dernauer Pfarrwingert Spätburgunder, VDP Großes Gewächs, VDP-Weingut Meyer-Näkel, Dernau/Ahr 54,00 Euro

Picture: Tasting at Weingut Krebs in Freinsheim, Pfalz, with Jürgen Krebs and Ann-Kathrin Müller - Germany-South and Alsace 2017 Tour by ombiasy WineTours 

Chardonnay dry, more than Euro 15

1. Platz 2020 Chardonnay, VDP-Weingut Dautel, Bönnigheim/Württemberg 29,50 Euro

2. Platz 2020 Untertürkheimer Gips Chardonnay, VDP Erstes Gewächs (Magnum-Fl.) VDP-Weingut Aldinger, Fellbach/Württemberg 86,00 Euro

3. Platz 2021 Chardonnay, Weingut Spiess, Bechtheim/Rheinhessen 28,00 Euro

Picture: Annette Schiller and Christian Dautel. See: Tasting at Weingut Dautel in Württemberg with Christian Dautel - Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

International Red Grape Varieties

1. Platz 2019 Laubenheimer Syrah, Weingut Stenner, Mainz/Rheinhessen 13,50 Euro

2. Platz 2020 Syrah, Weingut Dambach, Bad Dürkheim/Pfalz 28,00 Euro

3. Platz 2017 Syrah, VDP-Weingut Knipser, Laumersheim/Pfalz 40,00 Euro

Riesling Sparkling Wine brut or extra brut (Traditional Method)

1. Platz 2016 Hattenheimer Schützenhaus Riesling brut nature, VDP-Wein- und Sektgut Barth, Hattenheim/Rheingau 39,00 Euro

2. Platz 2020 Roter Riesling brut, VDP-Weingut Becker, Mainz/Rheinhessen 12,50 Euro

3. Platz 2014 Winkeler Hasensprung Riesling brut nature, VDP-Weingut Familie Allendorf, Oestrich-Winkel/Rheingau 36,50 Euro

Picture: Mark P. Barth, Wein- und Sektgut Barth, Rheingau, Germany. See: Tour and Wine Tasting with Lunch, with Mark Barth at Wein- und Sektgut Barth in Hattenheim, Rheingau – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Pinot/ Chardonnay Sparkling Wine brut oder extra brut (Traditional Method)

1. Platz 2019 Weißburgunder und Chardonnay „Tradition“ brut, Griesel & Compagnie, Bensheim/Hessische Bergstraße 17,70 Euro

2. Platz 2015 Esslinger Neckarhalde Chardonnay und Spätburgunder, Grand Cuvée extra brut, Weingut Kusterer, Esslingen/Württemberg 24,00 Euro

3. Platz 2018 Chardonnay „Mythos“ brut nature, Weingut Singer-Fischer, Ingelheim/Rheinhessen, €: 27,50 Euro

Picture: Ultra-premium Sekt: Cellar Tour and Tasting at Griesel&Compagnie, Sekthaus Streit, Bensheim, with Winemaker Rachele Crosara - Germany-South and Alsace 2018 Tour by ombiasy WineTours: Baden, Alsace, Pfalz and Rheinhessen

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