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The Riesling Fellowship celebrates new members


On thursday night top German Riesling producers and members of the UK trade gathered for a gala dinner at Vintners’ Hall in London to celebrate the hero of German grape varieties at The Riesling Fellowship. The evening saw the announcement of three new members to the Riesling Fellowship recognised for their dedication and passion of German Riesling. This year’s winners were Hew Blair, Sebastian Thomas, and Stuart Pigott.

The dinner, hosted by The German Wine Institute and Wines of Germany in the presence of the Minister of the German Embassy Ms von Uslar-Gleichen was preceded by a tasting on 'Tradition and Innovation' showcasing wines from some of Germany’s most exciting young winemakers as well as demonstrating the range of styles from well-established producers.

Following the tasting was a seminar on 'My Life with Riesling' which featured Jancis Robinson OBE MW, Stuart Pigott, David Motion and Hew Johnson OBE. People had the opportunity to hear the presenters talk about their life with Riesling and present their favourite ever German Riesling.

Monika Reule, CEO of the German Wine Institute said, "The Riesling Fellowship was developed in order to honour and thank those members of the trade who have over the years dedicated so much energy and passion to inspiring the nation on German Riesling. Last year we appointed six fellows and we are delighted to add a further three members to the fold this year, a huge congratulations to the fellows of 2014."

Notes to editors: The Riesling chosen for the seminar were as follows: Jancis Robinson MW OBE – Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Kabinett 2003 David Motion – Bischel Scharlachberg Riesling Trocken 2012 Hugh Johnson OBE – Bürklin-Wolf Jesuitengarten G.C. 2001 Stuart Pigott – Gut Hermannsberg Kupfergrube Riesling GG 2012 · The Riesling Fellows of 2013 were: Jancis Robinson OBE MW, David Motion, Iris Ellman, Hugh Johnson OBE, Nigel Blundell and Freddy Price. · The Riesling category is growing at 7% a year and German Riesling is outperforming the market with volume growth of 11% · Germany’s share of the Riesling market has growth from 57% to 59% in the last 12 months · In the UK’s fastest growing wine category (£8-9) which is growing at 19%, German wine is the second fastest growing country at 32% volume growth Stats Nielsen MAT to we 20/07/13

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