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Wines of Germany announces new Riesling Fellows


Last night’s Riesling Fellowship saw top German wine producers and members of the UK and international trade gather at Vintners’ Hall in London for a gala dinner to honour four new Riesling Fellows. This year’s event focused on Riesling Sekt, celebrating the quality renaissance that has been driven by German Sekt producers in recent years.

This year’s announced new members of the Riesling Fellowship are food and restaurant consultant Martin Lam, UK, importer François Langbeen, Belgium, merchant Peter Kuhn, Switzerland and wine importer Max Gerstl, Switzerland, who were all recognised for their dedication and passion for German Riesling.

First held in 2007, the Riesling Fellowship is an annual event that celebrates the achievements of key players in the German wine market worldwide, with 15 fellows awarded in UK ceremonies to date. The evening commenced with a ‘Still or sparkling?’ tasting of wines from 12 top German Sekt producers to celebrate the excellent examples of sparkling wine that are produced in the German wine growing regions today. Following the tasting, Anne Krebiehl MW gave a seminar on ‘Effervescent Riesling - The Secrets of Sekt’ featuring seven German sparkling wine producers, and the evening reached its climax with a gala dinner matching several of the producers’ wines to a four-course dinner, during which the four new Fellows were announced.

CEO of the German Wine Institute Monika Reule said, “The Riesling Fellowship is an opportunity for us to celebrate the excellent wine produced in the German wine growing regions, with those members of the trade whose passion and dedication is instrumental in ensuring these wines get the recognition they deserve. This year we have awarded four new fellows from across Europe, and we would like to thank them once again for all of their hard work spreading the word about quality German Riesling.”

Founded in London, the Riesling Fellowship has now become an international event, with the first Asian Riesling Fellowship awarding five fellows in 2016. 2017 will also see a Riesling Fellowship taking place in the USA.

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The new Riesling Fellows are François Langbeen from Belgium, Martin Lam from the UK, as well as Max Gerstl and Peter Kuhn from Switzerland (from left to right).