From Transparent to Terroir: Wines of Germany´s Sommelier Training in China


On 24th of october a total number of 140 sommeliers gathered in the dazzling cities of China to taste German wines together.

In the Ballroom of Shanghai's Andaz Hotel, wines from 14 different producers presenting six German wine growing regions during an intensive training course given by Wines of Germany.

The moderators Mr Yonex Zhang (Owner and sommelier of award winning restaurants in Shanghai including OTTimo) and Tan Wu from the WoG office China led 90 sommeliers through the program at the main event in Shanghai. The focus themes were “Riesling-Transparent to Terroir" and "Pinot Paradise".

German wines in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu

At the same time, other sommeliers in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu were able to enjoy the wine at different venues and followed the live broadcasting on big screens. Regional guides supported the guests during the tasting and ensured a smooth process. The tasting ended with some sweet Rieslings to underline the versatility of the grape once again. Find the tasting list here

Statement from Mr Zhang:

“I love German wines! German Riesling is absolutely one of the top sellers in my bistros. Thanks to its great diversity, every customer could find the ideal one. We not only recommend German Riesling to in-store customers, but also offers Riesling & seafood special deals for take outs. I personally even designed a special German Riesling cocktail during Summer of Riesling promotion.”

—Yonex Zhang, Co-founder and wine director of 3 popular wine bistros in Shanghai, OTTiMO, The Warehouse, Suzie

Statements from participants

“Through this sommelier training is really helpful for me to have a deeper understanding of German wines. Not only the classic Rieslings, but also the Pinot family impressed me a lot.”

—Alexander Chen, Head sommelier, Pudong Shangri-la Hotel Shanghai

“Shenzhen, in Canton province in southern China, enjoys a warm climate ideal for white wine consumption. This training enabled more potential sommeliers to understand German wine and I’m sure they will fall in love with German Riesling. It is perfect for pairing with Cantonese food.”

—Henry Wu, Sommelier, SERA by Ciao Amici Shenzhen

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