True masterpieces on the podium / 2,400 Rieslings in the competition
The winners of the world’s biggest Riesling competition have been announced. Almost 2,400 Rieslings from 14 countries, three continents and a total of 27 wine-growing regions were tasted and rated at this year’s Best of Riesling competition by a jury made up of more than 100 experts. In turn, the competition held under the patronage of Rhineland-Palatinate’s ministry for wine-growing (Weinbauministerium) has cemented its position as the world’s greatest international Riesling competition in impressive style.
Today the prizes were presented to the wine growers by the chief editors Ilka Lindemann (Meiningers Weinwelt) and Dr Hermann Pilz (Weinwirtschaft) as well as Christian Wolf, Director Degustation, in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. The patron, Dr Volker Wissing (deputy prime minister of Rhineland-Palatinate and minister for economic affairs, transport, agriculture and viticulture), congratulated the winners of the individual categories on their outstanding qualities.
Alongside the winners in the eight categories, Best of Riesling was once again able to present special awards this year for the best dry European Riesling, the best dry Riesling from steep slopes and the best dry Riesling in the food retail. In addition, three businesses were awarded the ProRiesling-Erzeugerpreis (grower’s prize) for their top selection of wines.
‘Rieslings from all over the world showcased their full potential at Best of Riesling. We are really delighted that so many wineries from all over the world once again submitted their best wines to the competition this year and gave us the opportunity to taste and rate them. The results once again testify to the fact that there is a large number of wine growers in Germany and worldwide who have perfected the art of creating true masterpieces from the Riesling grape variety,’ summarises Christoph Meininger, publisher and competition organiser.
All wines were initially tasted in preliminary rounds by recognised Riesling specialists, among them oenologists, specialist retailers, sommeliers, wine scientists and trade journalists.
The best Rieslings in each category were tested and rated again by an international master jury.
Most of the wines in this year’s competition came from German wine-growing regions. International entries to the competition included Rieslings from Austria, France and Luxembourg as well as far-flung countries such as Australia and Chile.
The international Best of Riesling competition, originally launched by the Rhineland-Palatinate ministry of agriculture, was held for the twelfth time. The Meininger publishing house took over the running and organisation of the competition six years ago, under the ministry’s patronage.
The winners and the top 100 wines in this year’s competition are featured in the July issue of Meiningers Weinwelt. All prize-winning Rieslings can now be found on MEININGER ONLINE at www.meininger.de/en.
This year’s winning wines at Best of Riesling 2017
Dry Riesling with moderate alcohol content (up to 12% vol.)
1st place 2016 Riesling, dry, VDP.GUTSWEIN
Weingut Zur Schwane, Volkach (Franconia)
2nd place 2016 ‘vom Grauen Schiefer’ Riesling, dry
Leo Fuchs, Ulrich Fuchs, Pommern (Mosel)
3rd place 2016 ‘EINFACH KEUPER’ Riesling, dry
Weingut Markus Meier, Ulsenheim (Franconia)
Category II Dry, Single Vineyard Riesling with moderate alcohol content (up to 12% vol.)
1st place 2015 ‘Bechtheimer Rosengarten’ Riesling Spätlese, dry
Weingut Krug‘scher Hof, Gau-Odernheim (Rheinhessen)
2nd place 2016 ‘Ayler Kupp’ Riesling Hochgewächs, dry
Margarethenhof Weingut Weber, Ayl/Saar (Mosel)
3rd place 2016 ‘Hochheimer Stielweg’ Riesling Spätlese, dry
Weingut Himmel, Hochheim (Rheingau)
Category III Dry Riesling
1st place 2016 ‘Dorsheim’ Riesling, dry
Weingut Joh. Bapt. Schäfer, Burg Layen (Nahe)
2nd place 2016 ‘Mit Freunden’ Anette Closheim Riesling, dry
Weingut Closheim, Langenlonsheim (Nahe)
3rd place 2016 ‘Zellertal’ Riesling, dry
Weingut Schwedhelm, Zellertal (Pfalz)
Category IV Dry, Single Vineyard Riesling
1st place 2015 ‘Laumersheimer Kirschgarten’ Riesling, dry
Weingut Ernst & Mario Zelt, Laumersheim (Pfalz)
2nd place 2015 ‘Deidesheimer Herrgottsacker’ Riesling, dry
Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl, Deidesheim (Pfalz)
3rd place 2015 ‘Im Breumel’ Bürgergarten, GG VDP.GROSSE LAGE
Weingut Müller-Catoir, Neustadt-Haardt (Pfalz)
Category V Medium-dry/off-dry Riesling
1st place 2016 ‘Jean Baptiste’ Riesling Kabinett, VDP.GUTSWEIN
Weingut Gunderloch, Nackenheim (Rheinhessen)
2nd place 2015 ‘SL’ Großheppacher Steingrüble Riesling
Weingut Bernhard Ellwanger, Weinstadt (Württemberg)
3rd place 2015 ‘Rüdesheimer Drachenstein’ Riesling Spätlese, off-dry, ‘Vom Quarzit’
Weingut Dr Corvers-Kauter, Oestrich-Winkel (Rheingau)
Category VI Sweet Riesling
1st place 2016 ‘Forster Jesuitengarten’ Riesling Spätlese
Weingut Geheimer Rat, Dr von Bassermann-Jordan, Deidesheim (Pfalz)
2nd place 2016 ‘Pommerner Zeisel’ Riesling Spätlese
Leo Fuchs, Ulrich Fuchs, Pommern (Mosel)
3rd place 2016 ‘Kreuznacher Forst’ Riesling Spätlese
Weingut Emrich-Montigny, Bad Kreuznach (Nahe)
3rd place 2015 ‘Erbacher Hohenrain’ Riesling Spätlese
Weingut Schloss Reinhartshausen, Erbach-Eltville (Rheingau)
Category VII Noble sweet Riesling
1st place 2015 ‘Niersteiner Oelberg’ Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese
Louis Guntrum, Nierstein (Rheinhessen)
2nd place 2015 ‘Würzburger Stein’ Riesling Beerenauslese, VDP.ERSTE LAGE
Weingut Juliusspital Vineyard, Würzburg (Franconia)
3rd place 2015 ‘Hochheimer Königin Victoriaberg’ Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese
Weingut Joachim Flick, Flörsheim (Rheingau)
Category VIII Matured Riesling (2009 vintage and older)
1st place 2004 ‘Leiwener Laurentiuslay’ Riesling Spätlese
Weingut Nick Köwerich, Leiwen (Mosel)
2nd place 2005 ‘Bopparder Hamm Mandelstein’ Riesling Beerenauslese
Weingut Matthias Müller, Spay (Mittelrhein)
3rd place 2008 Riesling Sonnenberg, dry
Weingut Scheu, Schweigen-Rechtenbach (Pfalz)
Best dry European Riesling
2014 ‘Saering Grand Cru’ Riesling
Domaines Schlumberger, Guebwiller (Alsace, France)
Best dry Riesling from steep slopes
2015 ‘Escherndorfer Lump Himmelsleiter’ Riesling, dry, Grosses Gewächs
Weingut Brennfleck, Sulzfeld (Franconia)
Best Riesling in the food retail
2016 ‘Edition Abtei Himmerod’ Riesling, dry, from steep slopes
Les Grands Chais de France, Petersbach
ProRiesling-Erzeugerpreis – best selection of Riesling wines
1st place Weingut Theo Minges, Flemlingen (Pfalz)
2nd place Weingut Albert Kallfelz, Zell-Merl (Mosel)
3rd place Weingut Braunewell, Essenheim (Rheinhessen)
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