The international wine elite meets in Wiesbaden to taste the new vintage
September 1st is a date that wine lovers are eagerly awaiting every year: it is the day on which the VDP.GROSSEN GEWÄCHSE (GG), the "Grand Crus" of Germany, will be launched on the market.
120 hand-picked sommeliers, wine merchants and journalists from all over the world will have the opportunity to get an idea of the new vintage in an exclusive tasting session held a few days before the closing date.
"The 2015 vintage is expected to be one of the BIG ones: After a hot, dry summer with short, cooler periods, the VDP wineries were able to obtain excellent qualities from the vineyards at a relatively early harvest. From the filet pieces of the best VDP sites, wines full of intensity can be expected, which express the complex and precise character of their respective vineyards," says VDP President Steffen Christmann in his positive preliminary assessment.
586 Large plants are being marketed by 178 members of the Verband der Prädikatsweingüter (VDP) at the beginning of September this year. Of these, 437 wines from 264 vineyards of 147 wineries in Wiesbaden will be presented to tasters from 23 countries. Due to the large number of wines, the preview, which is considered to be "one of the best organised wine tastings in the world", was extended to three tasting days for the first time. Under the motto "Everything but Riesling", the wine experts already had the opportunity on Sunday to taste the Burgundy grape varieties, Silvaner and Lemberger in order to be able to focus on Riesling on the next two tasting days. With 271 wines, Riesling is the grape variety most frequently shown. It is planted in the VDP on 55% of the vineyard area - and represents a proud 7% of the world's Riesling cultivation.
The official premiere tasting for the trade audience will take place on 12 September in Berlin. With a record participation of 132 winegrowers, the rehearsal marks the start of the subsequent VDP.GROSSE LAGE tour in January 2017 of three VDP.GROSSE Regionengruppen (VDP.BIG SITUATION Tour), which will travel Germany from Hamburg to Constance and from Cologne to Dresden and also have fruit-sweet wines from VDP.GROSSER LAGE in their luggage. All tour dates can be found at Www.vdp.de
VDP.The predicate wineries
The VDP is the oldest national association of top wineries in the world. 198 Prädikatsweingüter have imposed strict quality standards and standards on themselves - from the vineyard to the bottle. The four-level VDP classification pyramid adopted in 2012 defines the quality of its wines according to their origin: VDP.GUTSWEIN, VDP.ORTSWEIN, VDP.ERSTE LAGE and VDP.GROSSE LAGE. The VDP. grape eagle on the bottle cap is the quality seal. It stands for a terroir-embossed and artisan winemaking
Text from: VDP