Katrin Lang from Baden is Germany's 74th Winequeen
After the managing director of the German Wine Institute (DWI), Monika Reule, announced the decision in front of more than 700 spectators in Neustadt/Weinstraße, the audience applauded enthusiastically. (Video)
Visibly touched, Katrin Lang from Ermachen in the Baden wine-growing region and the two newly elected wine princesses Luise Böhme from Laucha (Saale-Unstrut) and Juliane Schäfer from Flonheim (Rheinhessen) were crowned by their predecessors to loud applause. "I dedicate the crown to my homeland of Baden and my family - and to my grandmother, who brought me to viticulture," said the 23-year-old, completely overwhelmed. The highest German wine crown goes to Baden for the second time in a row.
Audience decides for the first time
This year, for the first time, all viewers also had a say in the election of the 74th German Wine Queen. The audience could vote online from the hall and in front of the screens. The jury of 70 had previously selected three candidates from the five finalists after several exciting rounds of play.
The winemaker and oenologist Katrin Lang finally convinced with her confident and personable appearance, well-founded specialist knowledge and great eloquence.
Public vote an integral part of the election
"With the newly elected German Majesties, we have a strong team that will convincingly represent our domestic wines worldwide," explained Reule. More than 300 appointments at home and abroad are now waiting for the three wine experts in the next twelve months.
From the point of view of the DWI boss, all five finalists presented themselves superbly on stage and convincingly demonstrated their wine expertise. "It was certainly not an easy decision for the jury and the audience," suspected Reule. She was also very satisfied with the way the public vote went, which from now on will be an integral part of the election for the German Wine Queen.
Strong stage presence and authentic appearance
After the finalists had already demonstrated their extensive knowledge of wine in the preliminary round, the final part of the election was also about their personality, spontaneity and stage presence. They had to give spontaneous speeches or answer as many wine-related questions as possible in a short time in competition with the President of the German Sommelier Union, Peer Holm. Creativity was required for the game, which was based on the "Monday painters".
When drawing and recognizing wine terms, the finalists dominated the five young winemakers. A big challenge for all candidates was the hidden wine tasting again this year. Within 30 seconds, all three finalists had not only correctly identified the right grape variety, but also the corresponding growing area.
The last tasks decide
After the jury had chosen the new wine majesty trio in the interim vote at around 10 p.m., it was finally up to the experts to win over the audience with a personal speech. In it they should explain to whom they would dedicate their victory if they were elected German Wine Queen. Katrin Lang was particularly convincing with her naturalness and with a lot of emotion.
SWR presenter Holger Wienpahl hosted the election evening in the usual way, which was enriched by three show acts. In addition to the prominent band Marquess, Chris Stark and the vaudeville artists of the Petrosyan family and the singer and actor Oli P. delighted the audience.
More background information about the majestie's mission (German language)