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Wine selection at G-20 Summit: Fine Pinots from Germany


When prominent guests took a break from diplomatic talks at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, they enjoyed white and red Pinots from reknowned wine growing regions in Germany. André Müller, sales director at Atlantic Hotel recommended a selection of wines to chancellor Angela Merkel's staff.

The Federal Chancellery of the Republic of Germany choose the following fine wines to be served to the international guests:

  • 2014 Spätburger/ Pinot Noir "Sonett" (dry) from Dr. Heger Winery in Ihringen, "Baden" region (Kaiserstuhl),
  • 2014 Spätburgunder/ Pinot Noir "Tradition", Rudolf Fürst Winery in Bürgstadt, "Franken" region (Franconia)
  • 2016 Pinot Blanc, Hermann Dönnhoff Winery in Oberhausen, "Nahe" region
  • 2016 Pinot Gris, Reinhard Studier Winery in Ellerstadt, "Pfalz" region (i.e. Palatinate)

"German wines are very popular in upmarket hotels and the fine gastronomy scene", André Müller says and cites Germany's famous poet Johann-Wolfgang von Goethe: "Why sweep away in the distance, when the good is so close."

notes to the editor: Pinot wines from Germany are not soley popular amoung Chencellor Angela Merkel's international guests. There's a growing demand for these grape varieties domestically as well.

Germany is for example third biggest producer of Pinot Noir worldwide. Demand and therefore acreage for Pinot Blanc quadrupled since 1970, in the case of Pinot Gris it doubled in size.

More: bilingual grape variety statistics, acreage (pdf)

Further Wines of Germany News

Producing fine wines is hard work. source: Deutsches Weininstitut (DWI) i.e. The German Wine Institute (Wines of Germany)

The acreage of Pinot vines quadrupled since 1970 in Germany due to rising qualities and popularity. Besides the best known German grape variety "Riesling", Pinot Blanc, -Gris and -Noir sell well on an international scale.