German Wines Shine at 2021 WINE100
The 2018 Spätburgunder "Walporzheimer Kräuterberg", dry, Weingut Burggarten (Pinot Noir), Ahr region won even two trophies: “Best Red of the Year” & “Best Wine of the Year”.
The 2019 Riesling Classic "handpicked", off-dry, Weingut Herpen, Mosel region won the trophy “Best White of the Year”. This is the first time in the 10-year history of WINE100 that wines from one single country have won these important trophies at the same time.
Furthermore, 46 German wines won Gold medals, 83 won SILVER, 61 won BRONZE, and 9 won the “Recommended” Prize. Among the gold awarded wines, the 2019 Alzeyer Rotenfels Riesling Auslese, Weingut Meiser won the trophy “Best German Sweet Wine".
Great qualities from 2018 and 2019 vintage
Careful readers should note that among these three wines, two whites are from the 2019 vintage, while the red is from the 2018 vintage. The 2018 vintage is the warmest and driest vintage in recent years, which quite benefits red wines, as well as the dry whites; the following 2019 is even hailed as "one of Germany's best vintages in history" by many famous German wine critics. The 2019 growing season got both warm daytime and cool nights, this helps the fruits reaching full ripeness in flavor and structure while maintaining excellent acidity. Both reds and whites are showing great quality and potential.
But such huge success in the competition not only comes from the excellent 2018 and 2019 vintages. Another reason is that Chinese importers are purchasing more and more high-quality German wines, because of the growing demand for boutique German wines in China.
Since 2012, the unit price of German wine exports to China has continued to rise, reaching 5.57 euros per liter in 2020, ranking No.1 among the top 10 exporting markets of German wines. According to statistics from China Customs, the unit price of German wine imported to China in 2020 is ranking No.3, just after New Zealand and Australia, while being higher than that of France, Italy or USA.