The best German sparkling wines from traditional bottle fermentation 2022 / Sekthaus Raumland awarded with collection of the year / Qualities impressively high
Almost 250 German sparkling wine producers took part in the Meininger’s Deutscher Sektpreis (for German sparkling wines from traditional bottle fermentation only), which took place for the eighth time in 2022. The best collection was provided by the Sekthaus Raumland, which represents the benchmark for German sparkling wine with eleven award-winning sparkling wines and an average score of almost 93.
The topic of German sparkling wine from traditional bottle fermentation has once again gained significant momentum in recent years. More and more German wineries produce their own sparkling wine and in more than remarkable qualities. German premium sparkling wine is characterized not only in terms of its high qualities, but also by the variety of grape varieties used, different styles and also the variety of suitable opportunities to enjoy them. Many sparkling wines are not only suitable as a classic aperitif, but also very well as a menu companion.
For the competition, 570 sparkling wines were tasted over three days in seven categories. A total of 43 experts for German sparkling wine evaluated the sparkling wines individually and blindly, i.e. without knowing the producer, on the basis of the internationally recognized 100-point scheme.
In the afternoon, the best six sparkling wines per category then faced the direct comparison to determine the places 1 to 3.
New this year was the category of the Premium Riesling sparkling wine, which, analogous to the category Premium Burgundy sparkling wine, have been on the yeast for at least 36 months.
In the category of Riesling sparkling wine, this year the winery Prinz von Hessen from Johannisberg (Rheingau) wins with their 2016 Winkeler Hasensprung Riesling Sekt brut. Second place went to the Sekthaus Krack from Deidesheim in the Palatinate, which has already attracted attention in recent years. Third place goes to the Kiefer-Seufert winery from Ballrechten-Dottingen (Baden).
In the category of the Burgundy sparkling wines, which lay on the yeast for less than 36 months, the winery Klostermühlenhof from Hahnheim (Rheinhessen) wins with its Pinot brut nature. In second place and third place follows last year's winner of this category, Griesel Sekt from Hessische Bergstraße.
In the category of rosé sparkling wines, Griesel Sekt defends its victory from the previous year with the 2018 Rosé extra brut Prestige. Second place goes to the Andres winery from Deidesheim (Palatinate), followed by a cooperation: the 2014 Rosé Réserve brut nature BASF Exklusiv from Sekthaus Raumland.
In the category of dry sparkling wine, which has more residual sweetness than the sparkling wine of the taste brut, this year the winery Franz Xaver from Waldkirch-Buchholz (Baden) wins with its Gelber Muskateller sparkling wine dry. Second place was shared by Bergsträsser Winzer eG (Hessische Bergstraße) and Weingut Albert Lambrich from Oberwesel-Dellhofen (Mittelrhein).
After Griesel Sekt presented the best collection of the competition for the first time last year, in 2022 the Sekthaus Raumland achieves the best overall result with a total of eleven excellent sparkling wines and an average rating of almost 93 points and after a one-year break brings the award "Sparkling wine collection of the year 2022" back to Flörsheim-Dahlsheim .
Also in 2022, the competition confirms the quality aspirations of a whole series of sparkling wine producers throughout Germany. Top ratings for their sparkling wines, at least three awarded sparkling wines in the competition and an average result of at least 90 points were achieved this year in addition to Raumland and Griesel, among others Oliver Zeter (Pfalz), Sekthaus Burkhardt Schür (Franconia), Sektkellerei Fitz (Pfalz), Weingut Klostermühlenhof (Rheinhessen), Weingut Bergdolt Klostergut St. Lambrecht (Pfalz), Sektmanufaktur Schloss Vaux (Rheingau), Privat-Sektkellerei Reinecker (Baden), Wein- und Sektgut Barth (Rheingau), Sekthaus Krack (Pfalz), Weingut Braunewell (Rheinhessen), Weingut am Nil, Weingut Bernhard Koch, Weingut Borell-Diehl, Weingut Jülg und Weingut Reinhardt (all Pfalz) as well as the Weingut Meine Freiheit (Rheingau).
The renewed increase in the quality of the sparkling wines in the competition is underlined by the new record of 146 sparklings, which were rated with 90 or more points.
"It was three highly exciting tasting days, not only for our experts, but also for ourselves. In the end, to see which sparkling wines made it to the final in a close decision and then to the winner's podium was very exciting to watch. Overall, I can say that we have never been able to taste such a wide range of great German sparkling wines. German sparkling wine has more than earned its place in the league of top sparkling wines from all over the world."
All awarded sparkling wines of the eighth Meiningers Deutscher Sektpreis can be found on the following pages.
Meiningers Weinwelt will present the first place winners as well as the top 100 of the best German sparkling wine from traditional bottle fermentation in the next issue, which will be published in mid-September.