Germany was always considered to be one of the finest wine-producing countries in the world, with Riesling prices similar to those of first growth Bordeaux in the early 1900’s…
In the 1960’s and 1970’s, German wines fell out of fashion mainly due to the pursuit of higher yields. However, this wine producing nation is making a comeback, seeking to retake its position at the top table of fine wine production.
Whilst Riesling is still the most important variety in Germany, (the grape now covers 23,700 hectares, almost a quarter of the total area under vine), the enthusiasm for the country’s Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) is entirely justified. Whilst we don’t see huge quantities on the export market, the quality of German Pinot Noir has risen enormously over the past 10 years. This is due to planting better clones, using better barrels, cutting yields, adapting wine-making techniques and, undeniably, affected by climate change.
Ronan Sayburn MS will be choosing the wines and guiding Members through a Masterclass of a wine-producing country that he is particularly passionate about. This is one not to be missed.