Best German red wines honoured

The results of the Meininger’s Red Wine Award are out and they show significant jumps in the quality of Pinot Noir, among others.

Judging  the Meininger's RotWeinPreis
Judging the Meininger's RotWeinPreis

The results from the Meininger’s Red Wine Award have been revealed, and Weingut Rings from Freinsheim in the Rhineland Palatinate was given the prestigious “Collection of the Year 2020” award for their collection of fine red wines.

The competition, which is for red wines from Germany, was held under strict hygiene conditions, with judges being spaced apart and provided with a wine fridge full of the relevant, masked samples.

What was clear from the results is that Germany’s red wines are showing substantial improvement, with a number of wines being judged as being as the best in their class, anywhere in the world.

“We are convinced that the quality of Pinot Noir has once again improved significantly,” said Christian Wolf, the tasting director of the Meininger’s Red Wine Award. He said that a growing number of wineries were able to produce top quality Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), in even the most challenging years. “I would like to point out, however, that German red wine is not only Pinot Noir. Well-known grape varieties such as Portugieser, Frühburgunder or St. Laurent have shown that they can be something beautiful.”

Two hundred red wines were evaluated by a total of 80 judges. Wines from the Rhineland Palatinate region showed particularly well, gathering 294 awards between them. Next came Württemberg (175), Rheinhessen (121), Baden (111), the Rheingau (26) and the Ahr (24).

Once again, Spätburgunder was the leading varietal: a total of 311 awards went to individual Spätburgunders (120), and to Spätburgunder from single vineyards (191).

A full list of the winners is available at here (scroll to the bottom of the German text) n or on

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