Non-alcoholic still and sparkling wines are a growing category over the last years. More and more producers and distributors are offering a wide range of different non-alcohol wines. Click HERE if you want to register for the tasting.
The 54th Vinitaly closed with a significant drop in visitors, but still marked a new record. Of a total of 88,000 registered visitors, 25,000 were international buyers - 28% of the total. This was the highest ever share, ahead of the 26.3% at the last event, in 2019. In that year, however, all the numbers were bigger. The fair attracted 125,000 attendees, of whom 33,000 came from outside Italy.
VDP wineries may only represent 3% of the German market by volume, but their 10% of the value makes them very significant. It also explains the importance of the annual Grosses Gewächs (Grand Cru) tasting. Alexandra Wrann of WEINWIRTSCHAFT takes a closer look.
Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are coming back to Düsseldorf. After registrations closed, the trade fair reported that more than 6,000 exhibitors from more than 60 countries were registered for ProWein 2023, taking place from 19-21 March in Düsseldorf.
The VDP has made around 450 wines from 2017 to 2021 available for tasting. Of the 629 GGs that will be released from September 1, 2022, 380 are Rieslings. The 2021 Riesling vintage does not come close to the great 2019 vintage, nor to 2020. However, top wineries from Rheinhessen, Nahe and Pfalz offer numerous highlights. Sascha Speicher describes his impressions.
The GG preview in Wiesbaden was again excellently organized. The top rating of 97 points was awarded to one Pinot only. Another shone with 96 points. There were seven Pinots with this rating in the 2019 vintage. In the uppermost tier, it looks like the 2020 vintage is a notch behind the 2019, but both were unquestionably two excellent years for Pinot. Sascha Speicher reports.
A good 60 white wines other than Riesling entered the lineup at the preview. This large complement to the traditional white wine GGs is far more than a marginal note of the Wiesbaden preview. Some of the wines were of a particularly high standard. Christoph Nicklas reports.