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Superlatives at latest VDP auction in Germany


The 2017 wine auction weekend of The Prädikatsweingüter VDP (predicate wine estates) ended on september 17th with new price records. Auctions were exciting right from the start:


On Friday 15 September the traditional wine auction of VDP.Mosel in Trier generated €1.24 million in proceeds for 12.000 bottles of latest vintages, which translates into an average of €103 per bottle.

On Sunday 17 September the VDP.Nahe auction saw 5.162 bottles sell for a combined total of €936.967. Wine fans from Europe and around the world submitted winning bids.

130th Prädikat Wine Auction in Trier/Mosel with breathtaking sales once again
Thomas Haag of VDP wine estate 'Schloss Lieser' said he was very pleased with the outcome of the auction. A 6 litre methuselah of Doctor Riesling Spätlese sold for €3.623,55.

Two years after the 2015 results, Egon Müller had reason to be happy again: His 2016 vintage Scharzhofberger "Alte Reben" has broken the record for the most expensive Riesling Kabinett wine ever sold, with bidding starting at €30 and the 1.200 bottles going for €180 in the end.

This demonstrates once again to which extent the classic Kabinett wine is currently enjoying a revival, a wine especially appreciated for its elegance, delicate residual sugar content and a relatively low alcohol level.

Bad Kreuznach auction with a huge drum roll and a big round of applause in the Römerhalle

Interest in the VDP.Nahe autumn auction was strong. About 200 international guests attended the wine auction with top wines from four VDP regions on sale. 34 lots went under the hammer, the majority from cellars of estates located in the host region (Nahe). Top Spätburgunder wines (Pinot Noir) came from the Ahr region, and wines submitted by VDP colleagues from Rheinhessen and Pfalz completed the selection of Riesling wines on sale.

In the run-up to the auction already, potential buyers had focused attention on one wine in particular. Gut Hermannsberg - the former state-owned wineproducing domain 'Königlich Preußische Weinbaudomäne' - had submitted for auction a 2015 KUPFERGRUBE Riesling TBA, a rarity rated at 100 points by the renowned Wine Advocate. The only bottles of this Riesling rarity freely available went under the hammer on 17 September 2017 in the form of six 375 ml bottles and one 1.5 l magnum bottle, the latter achieving the sensational price of €13.245.

The highlights of the Nahe auction included (all prices incl. VAT and other charges):

Ahr: Weingut Jean Stodden's 156 bottles of 2015 MÖNCHBERG Spätburgunder GG were sold for €200 each.

Rheinhessen: Weingut Keller set new records in several categories. 369 bottles of 2014 MORSTEIN Spätburgunder GG "Felix" were sold for €687 each, and 474 bottles of 2016 HIPPING Riesling Kabinett for €194 each.
Weingut Wittmann's 2016 Riesling Alte Reben "La Borne" was greeted with great enthusiasm by buyers. A lot of 612 bottles was auctioned for €156 each. Sabine Neubert, Dipl.-Übersetzerin Deutscher Ausgangstext 3/3

Pfalz: Weingut Christmann put 285 bottles of its 2016 ÖLBERG-HART Riesling GG "Kapelle" on the block. The winning bid: €94 per bottle.

Nahe: Weingut Emrich-Schönleber saw 228 magnum bottles (1.5 l) of 2016 AUF DER LEX Riesling GG successfully being sold for €287 per bottle.

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Press: prestigious FAZ daily business newspaper reports (German language)

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Foto: Frankfurter Sonntagszeitung (FAS) vom 17. September 2017

Foto: VDP Grosser Ring Mosel