WINES

„Selection Rheinhessen“ is a real selection

GERMANY (Mainz) - One of the most delectable programs in Germany’s wine business is and will be “Selection Rheinhessen”, which since 1992 has focused on bringing real premium quality into the bottles with the distinctive neck ribbon. The requirements catalogue for the participating vintners is comprehensive, and the hurdles are high. These measures are to increase and secure the wine quality, the implements are known: old vines, classic sorts of grape, low yields of a maximum of 55 hectoliters per hectare, selective harvest by hand as well as the important differentiation of origin after single vineyards. In 2014, the amount of wine bottled for the collection is as much as about 45,000 bottles.

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Champagne Jacquart launches new „Prestige“ vintage

FRANCE (Reims) – The latest “protégé” project from the Champagne Jacquart house is a 2005 Alpha Prestige Cuvee, which is now being launched on the markets. Alpha is a vintage cuvee out of four Crus of the Montagne...

Champagne Krug does not launch a 2012 vintage

FRANCE (Reims) – According to Eric Lebel, master cellarer at Krug champagne house, his house will not launch a 2012 champagne. This decision had been made due to the “extraordinary difficult growing period”, and the...

Rioja Bodega Roda launches new Cirsion vintage

SPAIN (Haro) – Bodega Roda, one of the most renowned producers in the Rioja Alta region, has just presented Cirsion 2010, his flagship. Actually, Roda, which was founded in 1978 by Carmen Daurella and Mario Rotllant, is...

In the future, champagne will be protected better in China

CHINA (Beijing) – In the future, French champagne in China is to be protected better against competition against cheap sparkling wines. The Chinese government had now approved the protected appellation of origin, the...

Is Chianti Classico an unprofitable wine?

ITALY (Greve) – Many producers consider the economic model of Chianti classico as unsustainable as the high production costs caused by the strict production regulations of this Italian classic do not lead to economic...

Vienna Mixed set is to get DAC status

AUSTRIA (Vienna) – During the past years, the „Gemischte Satz“ has almost reached cult status in Vienna. Now the association of Vienna Wein vintners wants this traditional mixture of sorts to be given DAC status;...

The „Müller“-anniversary

GERMANY (Sendelbach) - The town of Sendelbach near Lohr along the Main river will be the host for celebrating a German vine type that used to be at the very top a long time ago. A memorial stone will be revealed on May 18...

„ZugSpitzenwein“ – A wine from the valley becomes a mountain wine

GERMANY (Zugspitze) – This year, Franconian vintners are celebrating „100 years of Müller-Thurgau in Franconia”. On the occasion of this jubilee, the vintners from the “der franke” group harvested a top wine...

Vermouth comeback at Contratto

ITALIEN (Piemont) - Vermouth is not a drink against melancholy but it is above all to give cocktails their finishing touch and can also be used to refine food. Carpano, Cinzano, Stock, Martini are famous brands, the...

New top category within the Chianti Classico DOCG

ITALY (Florence) – The Consorzio Chianti Classico announced a new classification within the Chianti Classico DOCG in the Italian media. The name: “Gran Selezione”. (We reported: "Chianti Classico: topless pyramid...

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