Deutsches Weininstitut Bannergrafik

Sweden's top sellers: Germany well represented

Each year circa 30 of Sweden's wine writers vote for their top wine which has been sold in the government-owned Systembolaget monopoly stores. It is a definitive statement of what wine that really is regarded as the best value for money in the entire assortment.

This is of course is a great compliment and encouragement for the country; the style of wine but also the producer in question of course.

The top ranks of the best white wines of 2010 in the fixed assortment (best value for money) were:

GOLD:  A.Christmann Riesling 2009, Germany (5882) 119 SEK
SILVER: Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay 2009, Bourgogne, France (2295) 75 SEK
BRONZE:  Grüner Veltliner 2009, Österrike (4200) 75 kronor
4th Georg Breuer Riesling Sauvage 2009, Germany (5899) 109 SEK
5th Sancerre Les Baronnes 2009, France (32253) 159 SEK

White wines the writers hope to see more of:

GOLD: 2007 Le Busche
SILVER: 2008 Würzburger Stein Silvaner Kabinett, Germany
BRONZE: 2008 Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Kammerner Renner

These wines were featured in the assortment of the monopoly but sold out and the writers list those that they feel were the best buys of the season in the temporary assortment. Find the whole list:

Annex: The publication was originally published in “Allt om Vin” (Everything about wine) and was then republished in other Swedish magazines (dailies and tabloids Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Dagens Industri). All wine writers that have participated in this assortment "own" the results of the voting mutually. Nearly all participants are members of the “wine writers association”. However, not all, which is why they don’t say it is the “federation of wine writers” that decides. 

All wines launched must be available at the Monopoly. Therefore, the list of wines is very large. There is no pre-selection process done they just discuss the wines and then place votes. Of course the wines having had good sales are in focus more than others but the list which features "wines that we would have liked to see more of" discusses the wines which were not relisted due to volume or tender.

The list has effects on the market sales of wines the three wines listed Gold Silver and Bronze get added sales according to importers. How much though is hard to say. The listing has been done in various formats at least the past 7 years. It was reported on Georg Breuer Riesling Sauvage when it was named as second best white wine overall in 2006 (actually the same year Riesling was voted best grape) this release with link is attached below.

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