Meiningers German Sparkling Award 2020: The best German Sparkling Wines

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Meiningers Deutscher Sektpreis
Thursday, 6. August 2020 - 11:30

The best German sparkling wines of the year 2020 have been announced // Sparkling wine producer of the year is Sekthaus Raumland

The best German sparkling wines were honoured today at a virtual award ceremony. A total of 327 German sparkling wines from traditional bottle fermentation convinced the jury at the 6th Meininger's German Sparkling Wine Award.

The traditional bottle fermentation is considered the supreme discipline among wine experts. It is mandatory for champagne and a matter of course for top German sparkling wines. What about the quality of sparkling wines from the German growing regions?

On three tasting days, a total of 42 sparkling wine experts invited by Meininger Verlag to Neustadt an der Weinstrasse pursued this question. Divided into a total of six categories, the sparkling wines from over 260 sparkling wine estates were tasted and evaluated individually in the morning. In the afternoon, the six best sparkling wines of each category were tasted again and the first to third places were decided.

The victory in the Riesling Sekt category went to Rheinhessen, to the Braunewell winery in Essenheim. The winery convinced with its 2016 Riesling Brut, which was voted best Riesling Sekt 2020.

In the category of Burgundy sparkling wine, one winery is at the top with two of its sparkling wines: both the 1st and 2nd place goes to Griesel Sekt from Bensheim, located in the region of Hessische Bergstrasse. The development of this estate under the management of Niko Brandner is a success story. The young company has already been able to convince in the past years.

In the Prestige Burgundy sparkling wine category, which is only open to sparkling wines which are stored on the yeast for at least 3 years, the Bergdolt Klostergut St. Lamprecht winery wins with its 2015 Blanc de Blanc brut nature. The winery also won third place in this category with its 2014 Fluxus brut nature.

Rosé sparkling wine is one of the trend themes of recent years, the variety is impressive. The 2016 Pinot Rosé brut from the Franz Keller winery in the Kaiserstuhl region was voted best Rosé Sekt 2020. Fritz Keller and his son Friedrich were already able to win this place last year for their 2015 vintage. Last year they also won the "Best German Sparkling Wine" award at MUNDUS VINI NORDIC, a competition exclusively for German wines in Scandinavia.

The proclaimed variety in the fifth category is also evident in the three winners: in third place a Kleinberger, in second place a Gelber Muskateller and first place goes to Weingut Klopfer from Württemberg for its 2018 Gewürztraminer brut.

In the sparkling wines with a little more residual sweetness and no Brut taste indication on the label, an aromatic sparkling wine wins. With its 2017 Muskateller Sekt extra trocken (extra dey), the Wasenweiler Winegrower brings victory to Baden.

This year, the coveted award for the sparkling wine producer of the year goes to Sekthaus Raumland. Meanwhile the next generation is on board and supports Volker Raumland. Exciting new projects such as the first single vineyard sparkling wine of the house under the new category VDP.Sekt.Prestige convinced as well as well-known top qualities such as Triumvirat or also Cuvée Katharina, which brings the second place in the category Prestige Burgundy sparkling wine to Flörsheim-Dalsheim.

The choice for the best collection was very close this year. A razor-thin lead of less than half a point shows that a few companies have additionally arrived in the top league of German sparkling wine makers.

Just behind Raumland this year are the Franz Keller Winery, Griesel Sekt, Sekthaus Burkhardt Schür, Bergdolt Klostergut St. Lamprecht and Braunewell. All of them score over 90 points on average for their excellent sparkling wines.

This year, a total of 109 sparkling wines were able to convince the expert jury of their quality to such an extent that they were awarded 90 points or more.

Christian Wolf, Director Degustation at Meininger Verlag: "This year's competition was again marked by many discussions about the stylistic orientation of German sparkling wine. From the primary fruity Riesling sparkling wine to the Burgundy sparkling wine with its yeasty character, there is actually something for every palate. Nevertheless, the German wine industry must ask itself the question of what top-quality German sparkling wine will stand for in the future. It is undisputed that there are superb qualities in all price ranges, which are, however, stylistically very different.”

"The award-winning sparkling wines cost on average just under 16 euros. In view of the quality offered, one must speak of a snapper", says Wolf, noting the excellent price-quality ratio of German sparkling wines from traditional bottle fermentation.

There was no need to do without an award ceremony this year. This took place virtually under the moderation of Director Degustation Christian Wolf and Sascha Speicher, sparkling wine expert of the Meininger publishing house and editor-in-chief of Meiningers Sommelier Magazin.

The fact that the competition could take place at all in times of a global pandemic is thanks to a well thought-out hygiene concept. This year's German Sparkling Wine Prize was awarded to the best German sparkling wines from traditional bottle ferments.

The category winners of Meininger's German Sparkling Wine Award 2020 at a glance:

Category I - Riesling Sekt 

1st place    2016 Riesling brut
Weingut Braunewell, Essenheim (Rheinhessen)
92 Points, 12.00 Euro

2nd place    2016 Riesling brut
Weingut Reinhardt, Niederkirchen (Pfalz)
92 Points, 14.00 Euro

3rd place    2017 Riesling Tradition Brut
Griesel Sekt - Sekthaus Streit, Bensheim (Hessische Bergstraße)
92 Points, 15.50 Euro

Category II - Burgunder Sekt 

1st place    2017 Blanc de Blancs Tradition Brut
Griesel Sekt - Sekthaus Streit, Bensheim (Hessische Bergstraße)
93 Points, 17.00 Euro

2nd place    2016 Chardonnay Brut Nature
Griesel Sekt - Sekthaus Streit, Bensheim (Hessische Bergstraße)
92 Points, 25.00 Euro

3rd place    2017 Cuvée Brut
Dr. Bürklin-Wolf, Wachenheim (Pfalz)
92 Points, 18.00 Euro

Category III – Prestige Burgunder Sekt (at least 36 months yeast storage)

1st place    2015 Chardonnay Blanc de Blanc brut nature
Weingut Bergdolt Klostergut St. Lamprecht, Neustadt-Duttweiler (Pfalz)
94 Points, 22.00 Euro

2nd place    2014 Cuvée Katharina Brut Nature
Sekthaus Raumland, Flörsheim-Dalsheim (Rheinhessen)
94 Points, 19.00 Euro

3rd place    2014 Fluxus brut nature
Weingut Bergdolt Klostergut St. Lamprecht, Neustadt-Duttweiler (Pfalz)
94 Points, 28.00 Euro

Category IV – Rosé Sekt 

1st place    2016 Pinot Rosé brut
Weingut Franz Keller, Vogtsburg-Oberbergen (Baden)
91 Points, 16.00 Euro

2nd place    2016 Rosé Prestige Extra Brut
Griesel Sekt - Sekthaus Streit, Bensheim (Hessische Bergstraße)
91 Points, 23.00 Euro

3rd place    Margrit Rosé
Weingut Geheimer Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan, Deidesheim (Pfalz)
90 Points, 29.90 Euro

Category V – other varieties 

1st place    2018 Gewürztraminer brut
Weingut Klopfer, Weinstadt (Württemberg)
89 Points, 12.80 Euro

2nd place    2018 Gelber Muskateller Brut
Weingut Singer Fischer, Ingelheim (Rheinhessen)
89 Points, 10.00 Euro

3rd place    Kleinberger Brut Nenniger Schloßberg Crémant
Sektgut Martin Klein, Kreuzweiler (Mosel)
89 Points, 7.00 Euro

Category VI –Sekt trocken (dry)

1st place    2017 Muskateller Sekt extra trocken
Weinhaus Wasenweiler Winzer, Wasenweiler (Baden)
89 Points, 10,00 Euro

2nd place    2018 Muskateller Sekt trocken
Winzergenossenschaft Jechtingen-Amoltern am Kaiserstuhl eG,
Sasbach-Jechtingen (Baden)
89 Points, 11,00 Euro

3rd place    2018 Sauvignon Blanc Sekt Extra trocken
Die Weingüter Schneider Müller, Nierstein (Rheinhessen)
89 Points, 9,80 Euro

Special Awards

German Sparkling Wine Collection of the year 2020
Sekthaus Raumland, Rheinhessen

About Meininger's German Sparkling Wine Award
Since 2015, a hand-picked jury of sparkling wine experts has met once a year in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse to taste and evaluate around 600 sparkling wines blindly according to the internationally recognised 100-point scheme. The competition is the only state-approved competition exclusively for German sparkling wines from traditional bottle fermentation.
The competition is organised by Meininger Verlag, founded in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse in 1903, one of the oldest German specialist publishers and managed in the fourth generation by Andrea Meininger-Apfel and Christoph Meininger. The company specialises in the wine and beverage industry in particular and is the European market leader in the wine sector with its portfolio. In addition to well-known trade journals, the company organises trade fairs, industry events and specialist congresses. Internationally, Meininger Verlag has made a successful name for itself with the Grand International Wine Award MUNDUS VINI.

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German Sparkling Wines of the Year 2020 / Credits: Meininger Verlag
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Meiningers Weinwelt editor-in-chief Ilka Lindemann / Credits: Meininger Verlag