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Best German wines in Switzerland

08/24/2021

For the first time, the wine magazine VINUM held a tasting competition to determine the best German wines on the Swiss market. A total of 460 wines were tasted, submitted by over 40 wine merchants situated between St. Gallen and Geneva.


The "VINUM International Wine Competition - Best of Germany" took place over two days in mid-June in cooperation with the German Wine Institute (DWI).

Sekthaus Raumland shone in first place with its Chardonnay Réserve Brut 2012 which won Best in Show – Wine with 95 points. The 15-member jury awarded a total of 45 wines in eight main categories and four special categories from the 460 wines tasted. The 45 participating wine merchants submitted 337 white, 88 red and 32 sparkling wines as well as 3 rosés for the competition held in the Zurich premises of the Intervinum publishing house.

The eight main categories comprised of Riesling wines: dry, feinherb / semi-dry / fruity, noble sweet; white Pinot varieties (dry); other white wines (dry); Pinot Noir (dry); other red wines (dry) and finally German sparkling wine. The Birkweiler Kastanienbusch Riesling VDP. Grosses Gewächs 2019 from Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz in the Pfalz was awarded the best Riesling as well as the special Best of Bio prize.

With the tasting it became clear that German wine in Switzerland is almost exclusively a genre for the specialist trade, where Riesling and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) lovers are well catered for and on particularly good terms. "The Swiss consumer is demanding and quality-conscious," noted DWI managing director Monika Reule, "and German wine offers them a very good price-performance ratio."

The Best of Germany tasting also acknowledges the increase in the importance of the Swiss market for German wineries. Since 2010, the value and volume of exports to the Alpine country has doubled. Switzerland now ranks 9th among the most important wine exporting countries for German wine.

The Winners 2021

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

Best of Show 

2012 Chardonnay Réserve Brut Sekthaus Raumland, Flörsheim-Dalsheim (Rheinhessen)
supplied by Peter Kuhn Weine, 39 francs

Best of Bio

2019 Birkweiler Kastanienbusch Riesling VDP.Grosses Gewächs
Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz, Siebeldingen (Pfalz)
supplied by Boucherville, 55 francs

Best Buy less than 15 Swiss francs 2020 Riesling Urban trocken
Weingut Nik Weis - St. Urbans-Hof, Leiwen (Mosel), supplied by Von Salis AG, 12 francs
Best Buy 15-20 Swiss francs

2020 Schloss Johannisberger Riesling trocken Gutswein Gelblack
Weingut Schloss Johannisberg, Geisenheim-Johannisberg (Rheingau)
supplied by Peter Kuhn Weine, 19 francs

Best Buy 20-30 Swiss francs

2019 Riesling Tell trocken
Weingut Kaufmann, Eltville-Hattenheim (Rheingau)
supplied by Peter Kuhn Weine, 22.50 francs

Category 1: Riesling trocken (dry)

 

1st place

2019 Birkweiler Kastanienbusch Riesling VDP.Grosses Gewächs
Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz, Siebeldingen (Pfalz)
supplied by Boucherville, 55 francs

Category 2: Riesling feinherb/halbtrocken/fruchtsüss (feinherb / semi-dry / fruity)

 
1st place 2020 Alt Scheidt Saar Riesling feinherb
Weingut Peter Lauer, Ayl (Mosel)
supplied by Siebe Dupf Kellerei AG, 19 francs

Category 3: Riesling edelsüss (noble sweet)

 
1st place

2018 Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese
Weingut Karp-Schreiber, Brauneberg (Mosel)
supplied by Bar'oc-Fertigs Weine, 33 francs

Category 4: Weisse Burgundersorten trocken (white Pinot varieties - dry)

 
1st place

2015 Escherndorfer Lump Silvaner Alte Reben trocken Erste Lage
Weingut Rainer Sauer, Escherndorf (Franken)
supplied by Tredicipercento GmbH, 23 francs

Category 5: Weitere Weissweine trocken (other white varieties - dry)

 
1st place

2015 Escherndorfer Lump Silvaner Alte Reben trocken Erste Lage
Weingut Rainer Sauer, Escherndorf (Franken)
supplied by Tredicipercento GmbH, 23 francs

Category 6: Spätburgunder trocken (Pinot Noir - dry)

 
1st place

2017 Schweigen Sonnenberg Spätburgunder trocken VDP.Erste Lage WB
Weingut Gerd Bernhart, Schweigen (Pfalz)
supplied by Peter Kuhn Weine, 32 francs

Category 7: Weitere Rotweine trocken (other red varieties - dry)

 
1st place

2016 Cuvée X
Weingut Knipser, Laumersheim (Pfalz)
supplied by Paul Ullrich AG, 58 francs

Category 8: Deutscher Sekt (German sparkling wine)

 
1st place

2012 Chardonnay Réserve Brut
Sekthaus Raumland, Flörsheim-Dalsheim (Rheinhessen)
supplied by Peter Kuhn Weine, 39 francs

Other finalists:
www.vinum.eu/best-of-deutschland (French & German language)

Pictures of the award ceremony

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For the first time, the wine magazine VINUM held a tasting competition to determine the best German wines on the Swiss wine market. A total of 460 wines were tasted, submitted by over 40 wine merchants situated between St. Gallen and Geneva.