More than any other grape variety, Riesling reflects the unique nature of the terroir in which it is grown and bears the signature of the wine maker it. As a result, Riesling wines are distinctive ambassadors for their native regions. Aromatic and fruity on one site, delicate and mineral on another, the Riesling refuses to be pigeonholed. It is a grape variety that is synonymous with character and typicity more than any other. It is the unsung hero of viniculture. This diversity is what makes the ‘Best of Riesling’ competition so exciting. In 2018, it will be putting the finest Riesling wines from around the world under the microscope for the thirteenth time.
Showcase your masterpieces
The partnership between the two competitions ‘Best of Riesling’ and ‘ProRiesling-Erzeugerpreis’ has been running since 2015 under the motto of ‘showcase your masterpieces’ – with tremendous success. In 2018, this project once again offers a platform that is open to Riesling growers from all the world’s growing regions and that enables clear communication, both for grower marketing initiatives and the press.
Two competitions – one single entry
By virtue of the partnership between the two competitions, you have the opportunity of taking part in two prestigious contests at once and winning the following awards:
Riesling Grower of the Year (German winegrowers only)
‘Best of Riesling’:
The top three entries will be named in each category. What’s more, all wines which score 87 points or more win the right to include their points total on the label.
Category I: Riesling dry (with moderate alcohol content)
Dry Rieslings without single vineyard indication on the label, up to and including 12.0% ABV *
Category II: Single Vineyard Riesling dry (with moderate alcohol content)
Dry Rieslings with single vineyard indication on the label, up to and including 12.0% ABV *
Category III: Riesling dry
Dry Rieslings without single vineyard indication on the label, 12.5% ABV or above *
Category IV: Single Vineyard Riesling dry
Dry Rieslings with single vineyard indication on the label, 12.5% ABV or above *
Category V: Riesling medium dry/off dry
Rieslings that are classified as medium dry and off dry
Category VI: Riesling sweet
Sweet Riesling wines of all quality classes (up to late harvest)
Category VII: Riesling noble sweet
Noble sweet Rieslings (e.g. Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, Eiswein)
Category VIII: Riesling mature
Rieslings of vintage 2010 or older (all flavour profiles are permitted)
The wines will be assigned to the categories on the basis of their analytical data and the information on the label.
‘Best of Riesling’, special awards:
a) Best Steep Slope Riesling in categories I to IV: the steep slope must be indicated on the label; the legal requirements in relation to steep slopes apply and it must be indicated, at the time of submission, that the wine in question has been grown on a steep slope.
b) Best Riesling from the New World in categories I to IV
c) Best European Riesling that does not originate from a German growing region, in categories I to IV
d) Best Riesling in Food Retailers in categories I to IV