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Wunderbar! Germany wins 177 medals at International Wine Challenge 2015

Outstanding year for German wines at IWC 20151, with 15 Gold medals

  • Germany scoops 15 Gold, 56 Silver and 46 Bronze medals at prestigious wine competition
  • The Franconia region wins most medals: 55 overall, including 11 Golds

Following a two-week intensive blind tasting at Kia Oval in April, the expert panel of the International Wine Challenge awarded Germany 15 Gold, 56 Silver and 46 Bronze medals.

  • Wines from the southern Franconia region won 11 of the country’s 15 Gold medals, performing best of all the German regions, with 55 medals in total (11 Gold, 25 Silver and 19 Bronze). One producer, Divino Nordheim Thüngersheim, garnered an impressive 11 medals, six of them Silver, five Bronze.
  • Riesling, German’s finest white grape, proved a favourite with the IWC judges, winning 52 medals: five Gold, 28 Silver and 19 Bronze. Amongst the top medal winners was Marks & Spencer’s Stepp Riesling *S*, Kallstadter Saumagen, which was given a Gold medal.
  •  Former Marks & Spencer wine buyer Gerd Stepp, who now makes wines in the Pfalz on his family estate, grabbed two Golds, including one for his Stepp Riesling Trocken.
  • The single most impressive set of results came from a single great vineyard, the Escherndorfer Lump. Wine-grower Horst Sauer won three Gold medals: for his dry Escherndorf am Lumpen Riesling GG trocken 2012, his lusciously sweet Escherndorfer Lump Silvaner Trockenbeerenauslese 2013 and his Escherndorfer Lump Silvaner Eiswein 2011. He also won three Silvers with dry wines all from that same vineyard.
  • The other outstanding result was for Baden wine-grower Martin Wassmer. He walked away with a Gold, three Silvers and two Bronzes. These included a Chardonnay and three Pinot Noirs. These are grapes cultivated more widely in the southern region of Baden.
  • The only German sparkling wine to receive a medal achieved a bronze: Rosen & Rosen’s Puremonde Petites Perles. Similarly, the only awards in the rosé section were two Bronzes.
  • Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners:

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:

‘We have seen some great German wines this year – thanks partly to some excellent vintages in Germany in recent years, and to some tremendous work by very talented wine-growers. The medal-winning wines are almost all white, made from grapes such as Riesling and Silvaner, but there has been a sprinkling of the new generation of excellent German Pinot Noirs (Spätburgunder). Do go out and buy some!’

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