|Christian G.E. Schiller with Helmut Doennhoff, Weingut Hermann Doennhoff, Winner of the 2011 Feinschmecker Riesling Cup|
Every year, the German wine and food journal Feinschmecker organizes the Feinschmecker Riesling Cup with the objective of identifying the best German dry Rieslings of the new vintage.
The Feinschmecker Riesling Cup 2011 went to Weingut Hermann Dönnhoff, Oberhausen/Nahe for its 2010 Hermannshöhle Riesling QbA trocken "Großes Gewächs".
For previous years, see on schiller-wine:
Riesling Cup 2009 - Germany's Top Dry 2007 Rieslings
The 13 Top German Dry Rieslings – Feinschmecker German Riesling Cup 2009 (Vintage 2008)
The 11 Top German Dry Rieslings – Feinschmecker German Riesling Cup 2010 (Vintage 2009)
Worldwide, there are about 34.000 hectares planted with Riesling. Germany – with 22.400 hectares – accounts for 2/3 of the total. The second largest Riesling producer is Australia, with 4500 hectares. But this is only about 1/10 of the total. Nevertheless, Australia was a bit underrepresented at the 1st International Riesling Symposium. Alsace follows with 3500 hectares. Austria, the US with Washington State and New York State as well as New Zealand make up the remainder. But overall Riesling is really a niche wine, accounting for only less than 1 percent of total wine production in the world - but a very special niche wine.
The Feinschmecker Riesling Cup 2011 Winner: 2010 Hermannshöhle Riesling QbA trocken Großes Gewächs, Weingut Hermann Dönnhoff, Oberhausen/Nahe
This was the big surprise of the 4. Riesling Cup of the Feinschmecker: For the second time in a row, Weingut Hermann Dönnhoff from the Nahe region has won the contest.
The Nahe Region
The Nahe region is named after the river that traverses the valleys of the forested Hunsrück Hills as it flows toward Bingen on the Rhine . The vines grow along the Nahe River and its tributaries Glan and Alsenz. Although the Nahe is one of the smaller German wine regions, its extraordinary range of soil types is second to none. It has about 4400 hectares under vine. Almost 2000 years ago the Romans brought wine-growing to the Nahe. White wine grapes dominate with 3/4 of the total; Riesling is the most common variety with roughly 1/3 of the total.
The Top 14 Wines
The tasting took place in November 2011. More than 350 wines of the 2010 vintage were submitted. 62 of the wines made it to the semi-final. Of these, 14 wines made to the finals.
1. Platz: 2010 Hermannshöhle Riesling QbA trocken "Großes Gewächs", Weingut Hermann Dönnhoff, Oberhausen/Nahe
2. Platz: 2010 Dalsheim Hubacker Riesling QbA trocken "Großes Gewächs", Weingut Klaus Peter Keller, Flörsheim-Dalsheim/Rheinhessen
3. Platz: 2010 Pittersberg Riesling QbA trocken "Großes Gewächs", Weingut Kruger-Rumpf, Münster-Sarmshein/Nahe
|Christian G.E. Schiller with Georg Rumpf, Weingut Kruger-Rumpf. Georg has now takne over winemaking at Weingut Kruger-Rumpf from his father Stefan. |
3. Platz: 2010 Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Spätlese trocken, Weingut Karthäuserhof, Trier-Eitelsbach/Ruwer
5. Platz: 2010 Pettenthal Riesling QbA trocken "Großes Gewächs", Weingut Gunderloch, Nackenheim/Rheinhessen
|hristian G.E. Schiller with Fritz Hasselbach, Weingut Gunderloch. Fritz is the winemaker at Weingut Gunderloch and - with his wife Agnes (who comes from the Gunderloch family) - the owner of Weingut Gunderloch |
6. Platz: 2010 Muschelkalk Riesling QbA trocken, Weingut Odinstal, Wachenheim/Pfalz
7. Platz: 2010 Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spätlese trocken, Weingut Ernst Clüsserath, Trittenheim/Mosel
7. Platz: 2010 "Edition M" Kröver Steffensberg Riesling QbA trocken, Weingut H.-J. Junglen, Kröv/Mosel
9. Platz: 2010 Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Spätlese trocken Erstes Gewächs, Weingut Ferdinand Abel, Oestrich-Winkel/Rheingau
9. Plattz: 2010 Dirmstein Mandelpfad Riesling QbA trocken "Großes Gewächs", Weingut Knipser, Laumersheim/Pfalz
11. Platz: 2010 Ockfener Bockstein Riesling QbA trocken "Großes Gewächs", Weingut Von Othegraven, Kanzem/Saar
11. Platz: 2010 Niederberg Helden Riesling QbA trocken "Großes Gewächs", Weingut Schloss Lieser, Lieser/Mosel
13. Platz: 2010 Oestricher Doosberg Riesling QbA trocken "Alte Reben", Weingut Spreitzer, Oestrich-Winkel/Rheingau
13. Platz: 2010 Lorcher Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese trocken, Weingut August Kesseler, Rüdesheim-Assmannshausen/Rheingau
|Christian G.E. Schiller with August Kesseler. Weingut Kesseler is also well known for its spectacular Pinot Noirs.|
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