Best of Riesling 2022

Rieslings of the Year awarded / Collection of the Year comes from Rheingau

During a festive award ceremony, the best Rieslings of this year's competition were honoured. Patroness Minister Daniela Schmitt personally congratulated the winemakers.

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Winner of the Best of Riesling award 2022 (Photo: Ad Lumina)
Winner of the Best of Riesling award 2022 (Photo: Ad Lumina)

Over nine days, almost 2,000 wines were intensively tasted, evaluated, with awards were given to the most highly scored in the final round. As usual, the wines were judged in a blind tasting by an expert jury of oenologists, specialist retailers, sommeliers and journalists familiar with the diversity of Riesling.

There were new discoveries among the winners, as well as well-known Riesling-focused estates. A total of 142 Rieslings were awarded 91 points or more, with eleven getting the highest score of 94 points.
 

Best in Each Category

Prizes were awarded in eight categories from dry to noble sweet:

  • Weingut Odinstal (Pfalz, a BASF exclusive bottling)
  • Weingut Bott (Rheingau)
  • Weingut Raddeck (Rheinhessen)
  • Weingut Schloss Vollrads (Rheingau)
  • Weingut Kernlinghof (Pfalz)
  • Weingut Weingart (Mittelrhein)
  • Weingut Juliusspital (Franconia)
  • Lauermann & Weyer and Weingut Geheimer Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan (both Pfalz)
     

Collection of the Year

VDP winery Schloss Vollrads (Rheingau) was won the award for the best Riesling Collection of the Year. In addition to the 1st place for the 2020 Schlossberg Riesling Grosses Gewächs (94 points), Ralf Bengel's team received top ratings for the 2018 Riesling Beerenauslese (92 points), 2021 Winkel Riesling Spätlese (91 points) and 2021 Winkel Riesling Trocken (88 points). This was the best overall result received by any participating winery.

The 2021 vintage showed consistently high quality which was reflected by the results. The oldest prize winners wines were from the 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2011 vintages.
 

And the Winning Region is: ‘Pfalz’

The most successful German region this year is the Pfalz with 340 prize winners, followed by Rheinhessen and Mosel (185 each), Rheingau (92), Nahe (87), Württemberg (85), as well as Franconia (53) and the Mittelrhein (41). Rieslings from Baden, Saxony, Saale-Unstrut and the Hessische Bergstrasse were also among the award-winning wines.

Internationally, Rieslings from Austria (51), France (40), the Czech Republic (12) as well as from Australia, Croatia, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia and the USA all did well in the competition.
 

An Analog Award Again 

After two years of digital award ceremonies, the winners were once again invited to the Vinicombe of Meininger Verlag in Neustadt, Germany. The patron of the competition, Ms Daniela Schmitt, Minister for Economy, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate personally congratulated representatives of the wineries who had made their way to Neustadt.

The certificates were personally presented to the winemakers by Meininger's Editors-in-Chiefs Ilka Lindemann of  Weinwelt, Alexandra Wrann of Weinwirtschaft and Karin Eymael, of Der Deutsche Weinbau.

And by Christoph Nicklas, Editor of Meininger's Sommelier as well as Christian Wolf, Tasting Manager Meininger Verlag.

Organiser Christoph Meininger expressed his thanks: "I am so happy to finally see the people behind these great Rieslings, to taste the wines with them and to exchange ideas face to face. I don't know any industry that lives more from this exchange and from this emotion. Thank you so much for being here."

Best of Riesling 2022 winners

Category I – Dry Riesling (with moderate alcohol content)

  • 1st place 
    2020 Weitblick Riesling trocken BASF Exklusiv
    Weingut Odinstal (Pfalz, exklusiv über den Weinkeller der BASF)
     
  • 2nd place
    2021 Dexheimer Riesling Kalkstein trocken
    Weingut Fischborn Bergeshof, Dexheim (Rheinhessen)
     
  • 3rd place
    2021 Riesling trocken vom Buntsandstein
    Weingut Borell Diehl, Hainfeld (Pfalz)
    2021 Riesling Unum trocken
    Weingut Blaul und Sohn, Gönnheim (Pfalz)
     

Category II - Dry Single Vineyard (Lagen) Riesling (with moderate alcohol content)    

  • 1st place
    2020 Kostheimer St. Kiliansberg Riesling trocken Rheingau Grosses Gewächs
    Weingut Bott, Bischofsheim (Rheingau)
           
  • 2nd place
    2020 Besigheimer Wurmberg Riesling VDP.ERSTE LAGE® trocken
    Weingut Dautel, Bönnigheim (Württemberg)
           
  • 3rd place:
    2017 Ungsteiner Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett Réserve trocken
    Weingut Isegrim, Bad Dürkheim (Pfalz)
         

Category III - Dry Riesling         

  • 1st place
    2020 Riesling Alte Reben trocken
    Weingut Raddeck, Nierstein (Rheinhessen)
     
  • 2nd place
    2021 Riesling Bienenglück trocken
    Bioland Weingut Neuspergerhof Inh. Jochen Gradolph, Rohrbach (Pfalz)
     
  • 3rd place:
    2021 Kreuznacher Riesling Kalkmerkel trocken
    Weingut Fischborn Bergeshof, Dexheim (Nahe)
     

Category IV - Dry Single Vineyard (Lagen) Riesling         

  • 1st place
    2020 SCHLOSSBERG Riesling GG VDP.GROSSE LAGE® trocken
    Weingutsverwaltung Schloss Vollrads, Oestrich-Winkel (Rheingau)
     
  • 2nd place
    2019 Stettener Pulvermächer Riesling GG VDP.GROSSE LAGE® trocken
    Weingut Karl Haidle, Kernen (Württemberg)
     
  • 3rd place
    2019 Kallstadter Saumagen Riesling trocken
    Oliver Zeter, Neustadt-Haardt (Pfalz)
     

Category V - Semi-dry/Off-dry Riesling

  • 1st place
    2021 Riesling feinherb
    Weingut Kernlinghof Ludwig & Philip Hochdörffer, Landau - Nußdorf (Pfalz)   
     
  • 2nd place 
    2020 Merler Stephansberg Riesling feinherb
    Weingut Albert Kallfelz, Zell-Merl (Mosel)
     
  • 3rd place 
    2021 Monzinger Frühlingsplätzchen Riesling No. 53 Spätlese feinherb 
    Weingut Udo Weber, Monzingen (Nahe)
     

Category VI - Residual Sweet Riesling

  • 1st place
    2021 Bopparder Hamm Engelstein Am Weißen Wacke Riesling Spätlese
    Weingut Weingart, Spay (Mittelrhein)
     
  • 2nd place
    2021 Würzburger Stein-Harfe Riesling Spätlese VDP.GROSSE LAGE®
    Bürgerspital zum Hl. Geist, Würzburg (Franken)
     
  • 3rd place
    2021 Bopparder Hamm FEUERLAY Riesling Spätlese VDP.GROSSE LAGE®
    Weingut Matthias Müller, Spay (Mittelrhein)
     

Category VII - Noble Sweet Riesling

  • 1st place 
    2016 Würzburger Stein Riesling VDP.ERSTE LAGE® Beerenauslese
    Weingut Juliusspital, Würzburg (Franken)
     
  • 2nd place
    2020 Escherndorfer Lump Riesling VDP.ERSTE LAGE® Beerenauslese
    Weingut Horst Sauer, Escherndorf (Franken)
     
  • 3rd place
    2020 Freudensteiner Brunnenquellweinberge Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese
    Württembergische Weingärtner-Zentralgenossenschaft, Möglingen (Württemberg)
     

Category VIII - Aged Riesling

  • 1st place dry     
    2012 Bockenheimer Goldgrube Riesling trocken
    Weingut Lauermann & Weyer, Bockenheim (Pfalz)
     
  • 1st place sweet
    2013 Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling VDP.GROSSE LAGE® Beerenauslese
    Weingut Geheimer Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan, Deidesheim (Pfalz)
     
  • 2nd place           
    2011 Rauenthaler Baiken Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese
    Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach, Eltville (Rheingau)

 

Special Awards at a Glance

  • Best Dry Riesling in Food Retail
    2021 Sankt M Riesling trocken
    Weingärtner Cleebronn-Güglingen, Germany
     
  • Best Dry Steep Slope Riesling
    2020 Bönnigheimer Steingrüben Riesling trocken VDP.GROSSE LAGE®
    Weingut Dautel, Bönnigheim, Germany
     
  • Best Dry Riesling Europe
    2019 Langenlois Ried Steinmassl 1ÖTW Riesling trocken Kamptal DAC
    Weingut Loimer, Langenlois, Austria     
     
  • Best Dry Riesling from the New World
    2021 Wakefield St Andrews Riesling Vintage Release
    Taylors Wines, Clare Valley, Australia
     
  • Collection of the Year
    Weingut Schloss Vollrads, Germany

The winners of the eight categories as well as a top 100 will be presented by Meininger's Weinwelt in its July issue (in German). All award-winning Rieslings as well as further information on Best of Riesling can be found HERE.

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