Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rheingau (Germany) Meets Burgenland (Austria) at Kloster Eberbach in Germany

Picture: Kloster Eberbach, see:  Kloster Eberbach in the Rheingau: Tour and Wine Tasting - Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014) and: Wining in the Steinberg Vineyard – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

At the annual spring presentation of the winemakers of the VDP Rheingau (the VDP is the association of German elite winemakers and VDP Rheingau the subdivision of VDP members from the Rheingau) at Kloster Eberbach on Sunday March 8, 2015, the VDP Rheingau winemakers had invited their colleagues from the Burgenland in Austria. Thus, the about 30 winemakers from the Rheingau, predominantly presenting Riesling, were joined in the Lay Brothers' Dormitory at Kloster Eberbach by about 30 winemakers from Burgenland, predominantly presenting red wines.

 Pictures: Kloster Eberbach

Rheingau

It is remarkable: For its entire length of nearly 560 miles, the Rhine flows north with one exception – a 28-mile stretch where the river changes its course. Here, it flows to the west, thereby enabling both the river and the vineyards facing it to bask in the warmth of the sun all day long. This is the Rheingau, one of the medium-size German wine regions. It is a quietly beautiful region, rich in tradition. Queen Victoria's enthusiasm for Hochheim's wines contributed to their popularity in England, where they, and ultimately, Rhine wines in general, were referred to as Hock.

 Picture: Rheingau

The third President of the USA - and notable bon viveur - Thomas Jefferson visited the Rheingau in 1788 and wrote that the wine of the "Abbaye of Johnsberg is the best made on the Rhine without comparison … That of the year 1775 is the best." He also referred to the Rheingau’s Riesling as the "small and delicate Rhysslin which grows only from Hochheim to Rudesheim". Impressed by the quality of the Rheingau Riesling wines, he bought 100 grapevines to take back to his estate in Virginia.

Although the Rheingau is one of Germany’s smaller wine-growing regions, its 3,100 ha (7,660 acres) of vineyards are vastly diverse in their geological makeup. The soil varies from stony slate at the western part near the villages of Assmannshausen and Rudesheim to loess, sand and marl in the lower central villages of Geisenheim, Johannisberg, Winkel, Oestrich and Hattenheim. Soil reverts to stony phyllite in the higher central and eastern villages of Hallgarten, Kiedrich and Hochheim. Generally, wines from the lower slopes where the soil is heavier—sandy loam and loess—produce fuller wines, while at the higher slopes where it is more stony and slatey, the wines reflect more minerality, elegance and concentration.

The Rheingau enjoys a distinctly continental climate with cold winters and warm, but not hot, summers. The Rheingau is dominated by Riesling, accounting for 4/5 of the vineyard area. Pinot Noir accounts for 1/10 and is concentrated around Assmannshausen.

Picture: Winemaker Tobias Fiebrandt, Weingut Leitz, see: The 11 Winemakers: Rieslingfeier 2015 in New York City, USA

Picture: Cecilia Jost, Weingut Toni Jost, see: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx While last year, we did not stop at a Mittelrhein winemaker, this year, the Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours will include a tasting at Weingut Toni Jost, with Cecilia Jost

Picture: Reiner Flick, Weingut Joachim Flick, see: FairChoice Certified Wine in Germany: Weingut Joachim Flick in the Rheingau

Picture: Annette Schiller and Alexander Jung, Weingut Jung, see: Impromptu Winetasting with Alexander Jung, Weingut Jakob Jung, Erbach, Rheingau, Germany

Pictures: Annette and Christian Schiller with Bernd and Ralf Schönleber and their Spouses, Wein- und Sektgut F.B. Schönleber

Picture: Annette Schiller with Eva Raps and Urban Kaufmann, the new Owners of Weingut Lang in Hattenheim, see: Weingut Hans Lang, Hattenheim in the Rheingau: Eva Raps, Managing Director of VDP, and Urban Kaufmann, Swiss Cheese Producer, Take Over, Germany

The following wine producers from the Rheingau showed their wines – mainly Grosses Gewächs and other Rieslings from the 2013 vintage, but also a few older vintages as well as a few Rheingau Pinot Noir wines: Allendorf, Barth, Diefenhardt, Joachim Flick, Alexander Freimuth, Georg Müller Stiftung, Hamm, Prinz von Hessen, Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach, Johannishof, Toni Jost, Jakob Jung, Graf von Kanitz, Baron Knyphausen, Robert König, Peter Jakob Kühn, Künstler ,Lorenz H. Kunz, Hans Lang (Urban Kaufmann GmbH), Leitz, G. H. von Mumm, Achim von Oetinger, Balthasar Ress, Schloss Johannisberg, Schloss Vollrads, F. B. Schönleber, Josef Spreitzer, Robert Weil und Domdechant Werner.

Burgenland

Burgenland is one of Austria’s 4 wine regions – Lower Austria, Styria, Burgenland and Vienna. For many years Burenland was a bit on the margin, although it has a log wine growing tradition. Burgenland belonged to Hungary until 1921 when it was annexed to Austria post WWI. It is a melting pot of Magyar, Slavic and Austrian cultures. Many of the towns have two names, one Croatian or Hungarian and the other name Austrian.

Picture: The Wine Regions of Austria

The vineyard area of Burgenland totals 14.000 hectares and comprises 4 areas: (1) Neusiedlersee: At the edges of the vast and shallow Lake Neusiedl, a variety of grapes are grown on 9,100 hectares of vineyards, including world-famous noble sweet wines. (2) Neusiedlersee-Hügelland: At the foot of the Leithagebirge and west of Lake Neusiedl, a variety of grapes are grown on 4,150 hectares of vineyards, including the renowned Ruster Ausbruch. (3) Mittelburgenland: On 2,100 hectares of vineyards, one red grape variety plays the leading role: Blaufränkisch and 4 towns are the wine-growing area´s main producers: Deutschkreutz, Horitschon, Lutzmannsburg and Neckenmarkt. (4) Südburgenland: One of Austria´s smallest wine-growing areas, where excellent terroir wines are produced from 500 hectares of vineyards, which are situated mainly on the Eisenberg, with Blaufraenkisch being the typical red wine.

The spectrum of Burgenland wine ranges from great white wines and full bodied red wines to an array of noble sweet wines. The shallow Neusiedler See (Lake Neusiedl) is one of the few places on earth where noble rot attacks grapes reliably every year. At the same time, there has been a red wine revolution in Austria during the last 20 years and increasingly Austria’ top red wines tend to come from the Burgenland.

Picture: Christian Schiller with Ernst Triebaumer and his Spouse, Weingut Ernst Triebaumer, Rust, Austria

Picture: "John" Nittnaus, Weingut Anita and Hans Nittnaus, see: Meeting “John” Nittnaus from Gols, Burgenland, Austria

Picture: Annette Schiller with Benedikt Händler, Weingut Prieler, see: Lunch with Silvia Prieler, Weingut Prieler, Schuetzen am Gebirge, Austria

Burgenland was represented by the following winemakers, who mainly brought their top red wines: Bernthaler & Bernthaler, Esterhazy, Feiler-Artinger, Giefing, Goldenits, Groszer Wein, Hans Igler, Jalits, JbN - Jägersberger, Koppitsch, Kummer, Herbert Lassl, Leberl, Leo Hillinger, Mad - Haus Marienberg, Nehrer, Nittnaus, Pöckl, Prieler, Reumann, Rittsteuer, Schützenhof, Seewinkelhof Salzl, Lehner, Triebaumer, Umathum & Zantho, Unger, Wellanschitz, Weninger und Wurzinger.

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Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy, 2014

Kloster Eberbach in the Rheingau: Tour and Wine Tasting - Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

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Vineyard Walk, Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting at Weingut Künstler – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

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Weingut Hans Lang, Hattenheim in the Rheingau: Eva Raps, Managing Director of VDP, and Urban Kaufmann, Swiss Cheese Producer, Take Over, Germany

Meeting “John” Nittnaus from Gols, Burgenland, Austria

Lunch with Silvia Prieler, Weingut Prieler, Schuetzen am Gebirge, Austria

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In the Mittelrhein Valley, an UNESCO World Heritage Region – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Picture: Kaub with the Castles Pfalzgrafenstein and Burg Gutenfels 

The Mittelrhein Valley is one of the 13 German wine regions. It is a breathtaking region, where excellent wines are produced.

We took a boat trip from Rüdesheim (in the Rheingau) to Bad Salzig (in the Mittelrhein region), where our bus was waiting for us to take us to Zell in the Mosel region. We did not stop at any Mittelrhein winery and did not taste any Mittelrhein wine. But we had a fantastic boat trip.

Next year on the tour, we will stop in Bacherach, stay overnight there and enjoy a tasting with Cecilia Jost, Weingut Toni Jost.

Picture: Cecilia Jost, Weingut Toni Jost, at Kloster Eberbach

Lunch at Restaurant Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss in Rüdesheim, Rheingau

Before boarding the boat, we had lunch at Restaurant Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss in Rüdesheim, which belongs to the world class winemaker Weingut Breuer.

Pictures: Lunch at Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss in Rüdesheim

Weingut Breuer was founded in 1880, and developed into an 80 acre estate with top vineyards in Rauenthal and Rüdesheim. Today, daughter Theresa owns the estate. She is a very talented winemaker. Year after year, she produces wines of the highest quality without jeopardizing her own distinctive style, noticeable in every bottle.

Picture: Theresa Breuer and Christian G.E. Schiller in New York City

In the middle of the hustle and bustle of Rüdesheim, the Breuer’s Rüdesheimer Schloss is an oasis of very good traditional German food and elegant Rieslings from the Breuer winery.

Boat Trip on on the Rhine River

Time to indulge in the breathtakingly beautiful view of the Rhine River and its banks dotted with castles, forts, and ruins dating from the middle ages, passing the famous Loreley Rock and the slopes of the Mittelrhein wine region.

Pictures: Boat Trip on the Rhine River

Beginning just below Bonn and extending about 100 km south along the banks of the Rhine, the Mittelrhein is a beautiful region of steep, terraced vineyards and some of the wine world's most splendid scenery, medieval castles and ruins clinging to rocky peaks, sites of ancient legends where Siegfried, Hagen and the Loreley seem to spring to life.

Nearly three quarters of the vineyards are planted with Riesling. Viticulture was established in the region by the Romans, once they had established the cities of Cologne (Colonia) and Bonn (Bonna). The region saw its heyday in medieval times, at a time when the Cistercian order built the Kloster Heisterbach abbey above Oberdollendorf. The small town of Bacharach is an ancient centre of the wine trade. The name of the town of Bacharach comes from the Roman "Baccara" = "Altar of Bacchus".

The Mittlerhein below St. Goarshausen is one of the few vineyards in the world where phylloxera has not yet struck. Small, family-run wineries are typical of the region. But winemaking in the Mittelrhein is shrinking at a rapid pace. Today, with 500 hectares vineyard area, it is less than 25% of what it was 100 years ago. The slopes are extremely steep, discouraging young winemakers to continue with the tradition of their fathers, while consumers are flooded with reasonably priced and good quality wines from all over the world. However, increasingly young and dynamic winemakers, such as Cecilia Jost, are successfully trying to reverse this trend.

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Winzerhof Gussek in the Saale Unstrut Region: Cellar Tour, Vineyard Tour and Tasting with Owner and Winemaker André Gussek – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Tour and Tasting at the Historic Weingut Juliusspital in Würzburg, Franken – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Weingut Bickel-Stumpf in Franken: Vineyard Walk and Wine Tasting with Reimund Stumpf, Matthias Stumpf and Melanie Stumpf-Kröger - Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Kiedrich: Visit of the Basilica of Saint Valentine and of Weingut Robert Weil - Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Kloster Eberbach in the Rheingau: Tour and Wine Tasting - Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Wining in the Steinberg Vineyard – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

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Wine Tasting at Weingut Kühling-Gillot in Bodenheim: Kühling-Gillot and Battenfeld-Spanier Wines – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Vineyard Walk, Cellar Tour and Wine Tasting at Weingut Künstler – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

One of the Bio-dynamic Stars in Germany: Weingut Peter Jakob Kühn in Östrich, Winkel – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Virginia's Best Wines: 2015 Virginia Governor's Cup, USA

Picture: North Gate Vineyard Winemakers/Owners Mark and Vicki Fedor at North Gate Vineyard. Their 2012 Meritage is one of the 12 Wines in the 2015 Governor's Cup Case

Governor Terry McAuliffe awarded the Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) 2015 Governor's Cup to Muse Vineyards for their 2009 Clio, a Bordeaux-style blended red wine. This is the first Governor’s Cup for Muse Vineyard, based in Woodstock in Shenandoah County.

Speaking at the Governor’s Cup awards ceremony, Governor McAuliffe said, “I am honored to present this year’s award to Muse Vineyards for their 2009 Clio. Robert Muse and his wife, Sally Cowal, embody the entrepreneurial spirit of Virginia winemakers: a vision for excellence, a relish for hard work in the vineyard, and an aptitude for risk and experimentation. Thomas Jefferson would be proud of Robert and Sally’s efforts and I congratulate them for winning the 2015 Governor’s Cup.”

For the results of the past 2 years, see:
Virginia's Best Wines: 2014 Virginia Wineries Governor’s Cup, USA
Governor’s Cup Competition 2013, Virginia, USA

Muse Vineyard’s Clio is a blend of 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, and 25% Petit Verdot. Winemaker Robert Muse, in consultation with Matthieu Finot of King Family Vineyards in Crozet, employed a non-interventionist approach to the fermentation, an option made possible by optimally ripe grapes from the 2009 vintage. Following de-stemming and a light crush, the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc were fermented separately with daily punch-downs. The wine was racked directly into 50% new and 50% neutral French oak barrels where it aged for three years before its bottling. The winemaker's tasting notes on the 2009 Clio are as follows: Deep burgundy in color, this classically-styled Bordeaux blend presents a lovely complex nose with notes of ripe cherry, vanilla, black tea, nutmeg and leather. The wine is wide and steady on the palate with a fine tannin structure, balance and length. Decanted, it continues to open beautifully for at least an hour. It will mature nicely for five or more years.

"The 2009 Clio is one of the first wines we produced from our vineyard,” said Robert Muse. This wine is grown and produced solely at our estate. It is something that speaks to the geology of the Shenandoah Valley, to the weather unique to our land and to the methods employed in our vineyard. It is that local element and authentic nature of winemaking that excites my wife, Sally, and me. We are glad others enjoy the fruits from this effort, and we are honored to be recognized among those that have won this award before us.”

The 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition was conducted over four weeks of preliminary tastings, held at the Capital Wine School in Washington, D.C. in January. The final round of tastings was held at The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond in early February. The Governor's Cup award winner and the other 11 wines that make up the 2015 Governor's Cup Case, are the top 12 highest scoring wines chosen from 390 entries of both red and white wines, from 94 wineries.

In addition to Muse Vineyards’ 2009 Clio, the other 11 wines in the 2015 Governor’s Cup Case are:

Cactocin Creek Winery - 2012 Meritage
Cross Keys Vineyards – 2013 Touriga
Delfosse Vineyards & Winery – 2013 Petit Verdot
Jefferson Vineyards – 2010 Meritage
King Family Vineyards – 2012 Meritage
Michael Shaps - 2012 Tannat
Michael Shaps – 2012 Raisin d’Etre White
Narmada Winery - 2010 Yash-Vir
North Gate Vineyard - 2012 Meritage
Rockbridge Vineyard - 2010 V d’Or
Vint Hill Craft Winery - 2012 Petit Verdot

Picture: Christian G.E. Schiller and Mark Fedor of North Gate Vineyard, see: North Gate Vineyard in Virginia, USA – A Profile

This year's results are notable for a wide geographic scope of winners, as well as diversity of the wines themselves. For example, three wines from the 2015 Governor’s Cup Case hail from the Shenandoah Valley, four from Northern Virginia, and five from the Central Virginia area. The wide spectrum of wines include Bordeaux blended reds, Petit Verdot, a Touriga, a Petit Manseng, two white blends, a dessert wine, and a Tannat.

Jay Youmans, one of only of 35 Masters of Wine in the U.S., directed the competition. Youmans, who is also a Certified Wine Educator and the owner and educational director of the Capital Wine School, recruited wine judges from the professional wine buying and wine media community. A list of the judges along with their bios can be found at http://www.virginiawine.org/governors-cup.

Virginia is the 5th largest wine industry in the US, with nearly 200 wineries and 2,500 acres of vineyards. In the original charter of the thirteen colonies was a royal commission to pursue three luxury items that England was unable to provide for itself: wine, silk, and olive oil. Every colony made attempts to satisfy the requirements of its charter. Despite many years of failure, the early Americans persisted in their efforts. A big step forward was made in 1740 when a natural cross pollination occurred between a native American grape and a European vitis vinifera. Other successful crossings followed.

Picture: Virginia

In 1762, John Carter, who had 1,800 vines growing at Cleve Plantation, sent 12 bottles to the Royal Society of Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce in London for their evaluation. Minutes of their meeting on the 20th of October 1762 declared Carter’s wines to be “excellent” and a decision was taken to reward Carter’s efforts with a gold medal for his wines. These were the first internationally recognized fine wines produced in America.

Over the past 30 years or so, Virginia wines have experienced a tremendous development - to elegant and balanced, mostly European vinifera-based wines. Recently, Donald Trump as well as AOL founder Steve Case bought a Virginia winery.

Today, the vitis vinifera grapes Chardonnay and Viognier are the leading white varieties. Increasingly they are made without any or with neutral oak, to retain natural acidity and freshness. It appears Viognier is on its way to becoming Virginia’s official “signature grape”.

For French-American hybrid varieties, Seyval Blanc is still popular, but resembles now the fresh and crisp wines from France’s South West. Vidal has become the backbone of the artificially frozen (cryoextraction), ice wine which I am not a great fan of. Cryoextraction is an approach, developed by the French, which kind of simulates the frost in the vineyard in the wine cellar.

As far as red wines are concerned, there has been a shift from straight varietal wines to blends, with the blends now being dominated by Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Mirroring the Virginia white wines, there is an increasing focus on neutral oak and clean, vibrant fruit.

Tannat, Uruguay’ signature grape from the South West of France, is showing up in more Virginia wines, usually as a blend. The only red French American hybrid which has performed consistently well in Virginia is Chambourcin, which resembles the Gamay grape of Beaujolais.

Finally, Claude Thibault, a native from France, has taken Virginia sparkling wines to a new level. His NV Thibault-Janisson Brut, made from 100 percent Chardonnay, which President Obama offered his guests at his first state dinner, is as close as you can get to Champagne outside of France. See more: "As Close as You Can Get to (French) Champagne at the US East Coast – Claude Thibaut and His Virginia Thibaut Janisson Sparklers at screwtop Wine Bar"

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See: American Wines with French Roots: The Wines President Obama Served at the State Dinner for President Hollande, USA/France 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Prowein 2015 in Düsseldorf, Germany – Schiller’s Impressions

Picture: Annette Schiller, ombiasy WineTours, Christian Schiller, Winemaker Bob Berteau, Chateau St. Michelle in Washington State and Riesling Gurur Ernst Loosen, Weingut Dr. Loosen, at Prowein 2015

Düsseldorf, Germany, once again impressively underlined its reputation as a capital for the wine and spirits sector: after three days of activity (March 15 to 17), ProWein 2015, International Trade Fair Wines and Spirits, came to a very successful close: 5,970 exhibitors from 50 nations showcased their products.

Pictures: Annette Schiller and Christian Schiller at Prowein 2015 in Düsseldorf, Germany

All major wine nations and cultivating regions were represented in the nine exhibition halls – the “classics” from Europe and the New World as well as the more “exotic” such as Bolivia and Armenia. In addition, 420 spirits exhibitors from 30 countries offered classy brandies and liqueurs as well as national specialties and international classics. This product spectrum attracted more than 52,000 trade visitors, including more than 24,000 international visitors, to ProWein 2015 – an increase of 7% compared to 2014. This is largely due to the higher number of trade visitors from the U.S./Canada as well as Central and South America.

Pictures: Annette Schiller and Christian Schiller with Jean Pierre Josselin, Champagne Jean Josselin in Gye-sur-Seine, at the Prowein Champagne Lounge. We will stop at Champagne Jean Josselin for a tasting in June 2015 during the forthcoming Bourgogne Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Craig Wolf, President and CEO of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, stated: “I have to say I was quite impressed with the size, scope and the tremendous variety of quality products on offer at ProWein from all over the world – all in a modern, easily navigable facility. ProWein has done an amazing job building and growing one of the premier industry trade shows, creating a multitude of opportunities for buyers and sellers alike.” Equally gratifying was the great ordering activity at ProWein 2015: 40% of the trade visitors placed orders onsite and about 44% plan to order after the trade fair.

Pictures: Claudia Schug lecturing about the Wines of California

Picture: US Ambassador John Emerson at Prowein 2015 with Düsseldorf Mayor Geisel and Mrs. Emerson

“The international appeal of ProWein and its relevance as an order platform for the retail, restaurant and hotel trade is probably unique. Our visitors come from 123 countries – 13 more nations than last year,” explained Hans Werner Reinhard, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf. “The busy ordering activity at the trade fair itself is also of high relevance, as is post-fair activity. To sum it up: ProWein is undisputedly the world’s most important trade fair for wines and spirits.”

Pictures: US Importer Kevin Pike and Hayley Johnson of Schatzi Wines tasting with Jochen Dreissigacker, Weingut Dreissigacker, see: Visit: Weingut Dr. Heger in Baden – Germany-South Wine Tours by ombiasy (2014)

As in the past, trade visitors’ main interest focused on wines from Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Austria. Also noticeable was the increased interest in Champagne (20%), and sparkling wines (19%) as well as spirits (21%). Compared to last year, demand for German wines rose again by 9% to 59%. The evaluation from the German Wine Institute was therefore also positive. “From the point of view of German exhibitors, the new hall concept at ProWein was well received by trade visitors.

The move into the new exhibition halls made it possible that about 120 more companies from German winegrowing regions (a total of 960 German exhibitors) could present themselves to the international trade audience,” said Monika Reule, Managing Director of the German Wine Institute (Deutsches Weininstitut – DWI). “The eagerly awaited 2014 vintage was popular with the trade attendees. It has produced very fruity and pleasantly sleek white wines that captivate with their fresh buzz. The slightly larger harvest over last year suits the current market climate very well. This means we can better meet the continuing good demand both at home and abroad – which was once again demonstrated at this year’s ProWein.”

Pictures: Markus Schneider, Weingut Markus Schneider, with Annette and Christian Schiller, see: Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy, 2014

Picture: Johannes Jülg and his Brother, Weingut Jülg, Pfalz, see: Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy, 2014

Picture: VDP President Steffen Christmann, Weingut Christmann, see: Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy, 2014

Picture: Hansjörg and Birgit Rebholz, the third Generation of the Rebholz Family Estate, with Annette and Christian Schiller, see: Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy, 2014

Picture: Clemens Busch, Weingut Clemens Busch, and Annette Schiller, see: German Star Winemaker Clemens Busch, Weingut Clemens Busch in the Mosel Valley, in Washington DC, USA

Picture: Nik Weis and his Wife, Weingut Sankt Urbans-Hof, with Annette and Christian Schiller, see: Germany’s Top 19 Winemakers - Der Feinschmecker WeinGuide 2014

Pictures: Annette and Christian Schiller with H.O. Spanier, Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier and Weingut Kühling Gillot, see: Wine Tasting at Weingut Kühling-Gillot in Bodenheim: Kühling-Gillot and Battenfeld-Spanier Wines – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Pictures: Philipp Wittmann and Eva Clüsserath-Wittmann, Weingut Wittmann, with Annette and Christian Schiller, see: Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy, 2014

Picture: Katharina Wechsler, Weingut Wechsler, see: Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy, 2014

Pictures: Johannes and Christoph Thörle, Winzerhof Thörle, with Yves Beck, see: Visit: Winzerhof Thörle in Saulheim, Rheinhessen – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Picture: Rainer Schnaitmann and his Wife, Weingut Schnaitmann, with Annette Schiller, see: Coming-up: Wine & Art Tour to Saale-Unstrut - Saxony - Franken - Württemberg: Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours (June 11 - June 20, 2015)

Picture: Rainer Wachstetter, Weingut Wachstetter, and Annette Schiller, see: Weingut Wachtstetter in Wuerttemberg – A Profile, Germany

Picture: Regine Schork, Romantik Hotel und Restaurant Zum Schiller and Annette Schiller, see: Coming-up: Wine & Art Tour to Saale-Unstrut - Saxony - Franken - Württemberg: Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours (June 11 - June 20, 2015)

Pictures: Fritz Keller and Friedrich Keller, Weingut Franz Keller, with Annette and Christian Schiller and Ernst Loosen, see: Weingut Franz Keller in Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden: Cellar Tour and Tasting with Fritz Keller – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014) and: Lunch at Restaurant Schwarzer Adler in Oberbergen, with Weingut Franz Keller Wines – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Picture: Georg Prinz zur Lippe, Weingut Schloss Proschwitz in Sachsen, with Annette and Christian Schiller, see: Coming-up: Wine & Art Tour to Saale-Unstrut - Saxony - Franken - Württemberg: Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours (June 11 - June 20, 2015)

Picture: Dörte Näkel, Weingut Meyer-Näkel in the Ahr Region, with Annette Schiller, see: Kuenstler, Meyer-Naekel, Wirsching – Winemaker Dinner at Kronenschlösschen in Hattenheim, Rheingau, Germany

Picture: Wilhelm Weil, Weingut Robert Weil in the Rheingau, see: Kiedrich: Visit of the Basilica of Saint Valentine and of Weingut Robert Weil - Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Picture: General Manager Christian Witte, Weingut Domäne Schloss Johannisberg, and Annette Schiller, see: A Tour through the Rheingau (Germany) - Visit of 3 Prestigious, Historic Rheingau Wineries: Weingut Robert Weil, Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach and Schloss Johannisberg (IRS 2014), Germany

Austria – with 53,800 square feet the fifth largest nation at ProWein 2015 – also drew positive conclusions. “ProWein is the most important wine trade fair in Europe and the world. This is also relevant not least for the Austrian wine business,” underlined Wilhelm Klinger, Managing Director of Austria’s wine marketing board Österreich Wein Marketing. “In view of the new hall layout with the necessary move from Hall 7 into Hall 17 we have gone into the offensive and have developed an entirely new concept in terms of design, visitor guidance and catering. And I can say the concept has paid off. Our winegrowers made many good contacts from our main export markets Germany, the U.S. and the Benelux – and have also had many promising discussions with trade buyers from China and Eastern Europe.”

Pictures: Gerhard Wohlmuth sen., Gerhard Wohlmuth jun., Mrs Wohlmuth, Weingut Wohlmuth, with Annette and Christian Schiller, see: Visit: Gerhard Wohlmuth sen. and his Weingut Wohlmuth in Austria

The ancillary program at ProWein 2015 featured more than 300 tasting sessions, lectures and presentations hosted either at the exhibitors’ stands or at the central ProWein Forum. The numerous tasting zones on the most varied themes - such as SOPEXA with its 100 selected French wines, the Champagne Lounge or the MUNDUS VINI competition - offered visitors an excellent opportunity for independent tasting. In the sprits segment, the FIZZZ Lounge with the motto “Drinks of Tomorrow” was another highlight. At the successful new “same but different” special show, ten international exhibitors demonstrated their unusual projects for production and sales.

Pictures: Tasting of the UGCB (Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux), see: Bordeaux Wine Tour 2013 by ombiasy

Picture: Annette Schiller and Dany Rolland, Château Le Bon Pasteur in Pomerol, see:  Lunch at Château Le Bon Pasteur with Winemaker/Owner Dany Rolland, Pomerol, France

Pictures: Annette Schiller and Stephan von Neipperg, Château Canon La Gaffeliere, see: Dinner at Château Canon La Gaffeliere, Appellation Saint-Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classé, France

Picture: Annette Schiller and Anne Cuvelier, see: Tour, Tasting and Lunch at Château Léoville-Poyferré, with Didier Cuvelier and Anne Cuvelier, France

Picture: Annette and Christian Schiller with Basile Tesseron, see: A Tour and Tasting at Château Lafon-Rochet in Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, with Winemaker and Owner Basile Tesseron (2013), France

In the evenings, the “ProWein goes City” initiative with its over 80 events in Düsseldorf was a favorite among wine enthusiasts and gourmets. Highlights included a wine evening with Chateau Palmer at Steigenberger Parkhotel and the Big Bottle Party organized by the trade magazine Falstaff.

Pictures: An "Altbier" at the Ürige in the Evening - Düsseldorf is a Beer City

ProWein 2015 was also a platform for presenting the other Messe Düsseldorf organized wine trade fairs ProWine China and ProWine Asia. After two successful events, ProWine China will again be held in Shanghai from November 11 - 13, 2015 with about 650 exhibitors. The premiere of ProWine Asia will take place from April 12 - 15, 2016 in Singapore. The next staging of ProWein in Düsseldorf is scheduled from March 13 - 15, 2016.

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Weingut Franz Keller in Oberbergen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden: Cellar Tour and Tasting with Fritz Keller – Germany-South Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

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Wine Tasting at Weingut Kühling-Gillot in Bodenheim: Kühling-Gillot and Battenfeld-Spanier Wines – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Kuenstler, Meyer-Naekel, Wirsching – Winemaker Dinner at Kronenschlösschen in Hattenheim, Rheingau, Germany

Kiedrich: Visit of the Basilica of Saint Valentine and of Weingut Robert Weil - Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

A Tour through the Rheingau (Germany) - Visit of 3 Prestigious, Historic Rheingau Wineries: Weingut Robert Weil, Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach and Schloss Johannisberg (IRS 2014), Germany

Visit: Gerhard Wohlmuth sen. and his Weingut Wohlmuth in Austria

Lunch at Château Le Bon Pasteur with Winemaker/Owner Dany Rolland, Pomerol, France

Dinner at Château Canon La Gaffeliere, Appellation Saint-Emilion, Premier Grand Cru Classé, France

Tour, Tasting and Lunch at Château Léoville-Poyferré, with Didier Cuvelier and Anne Cuvelier, France

A Tour and Tasting at Château Lafon-Rochet in Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux, with Winemaker and Owner Basile Tesseron (2013), France