The finest Rieslings of the world were honoured today in a ceremony held at Meininger Verlag publishing house in Neustadt an der Weinstraße in Germany. Awards were presented to the top 30 wineries, in the presence of Dr Volker Wissing, the Minister of Economics for the Rhineland Palatinate.
“This year, we were once again impressed by the quality of the Rieslings submitted,” said Christian Wolf, tasting director. “Choosing the winners was far from easy, with the decision made by an infinitesimal margin in many categories.”
More than 2,300 wines from 11 countries were entered into eight categories, with styles ranging from dry wines to sweet rarities. The top 700 Rieslings from the first rounds of tasting were then entered into a two-day final, where they were once again tasted and evaluated by the international judging panel.
Special awards were also granted for the: Best Steep Slope Riesling, Best Riesling in Food Retailers, Best European Riesling and Best New World Riesling. An honorary award, the ProRiesling Erzeugerpreis from ProRiesling e.V., is also given for the best Riesling range.
While the majority of Rieslings entered into Best of Riesling 2018 came from Germany, the competition also featured wines from France, Austria, Australia, Luxembourg, Chile and the USA.
The International Best of Riesling competition was launched in 2005 by the Agriculture Ministry of the Rheinland Palatinate, and held every two years until 2011. While the competition remains under the auspices of the ministry, it is now held by specialist wine and beverages publisher Meininger Verlag.
The winners and top 130 from this year’s competition will be showcased in the July issue of Meininger’s Weinwelt. The award-winning Rieslings can also be found at www.meininger.de/en