An invitation from WEINmesse berlin to taste wines from all over Germany
From 4 to 6 May visitors to WEINmesse berlin at the city‘s Funkturm exhibition grounds will be able to undertake an oenological journey around Germany. This tasting tour will delight the lovers of Moselle and Rheingau rieslings as well as visitors who are still looking to find their favourites: more than 2,000 German wines are available for tasting, and all for the cost of admission.
Wines can be tasted and also purchased here, and more than 1,000 examples of the new 2017 vintage, the highlight of the fair, can be sampled in all their diversity for the first time. The German Wine Institute (DWI) reports that yields were some 20 per cent lower on account of the weather, but that the quality remains high, without exception. The wines have proved to be light, fruity and refined, in accordance with current consumer trends, according to the DWI.
Visitors to WEINmesse berlin who approach these wines with an open mind will be richly rewarded. Franconia is presenting Silvaner and Müller-Thurgau white wines, the first with the potential to be vibrant and robust, while the latter reveal floral and nutmeg notes. By way of contrast, in the Saale-Unstrut and Saxony regions the Müller-Thurgau grapes create delicate wines with a pleasing acidity.
Visitors can find out just how multi-faceted a wine can be by tasting those made with Spätburgunder grapes (pinot noir), an indigenous German variety. What growers in the Palatinate region have achieved with this grape has placed their delicate, smooth and elegant wines among the ranks of the world’s finest. In the Baden, Rhine-Hesse and Württemberg regions they often acquire a full-bodied character. Riesling is a white wine variety that develops its full splendour in Rhine-Hesse, along the Moselle and in the Palatinate region. It has its own distinctive, fruit-laden acidity, with aromas redolent of yellow stone fruit and exotic fruits. And rieslings can also range from crisply fruity to creamily full-flavoured.
This fair is also an opportunity to get to know the people behind the wines. The majority of the exhibitors represent family-run businesses which have been engaged in wine production for several generations. A number of the producers still use traditional methods and also sell home-made cheese and sausages from the farm. Others have specialised in biodynamically produced eco-wines and feature their vineyards in their blogs. “In every respect a visit to WEINmesse berlin is an authentic journey of delight through Germany’s wine lands“, according to Peter Antony. He is the CEO of German Wine GmbH (DWM) which is co-organiser, along with Messe Berlin, of WEINmesse berlin.
Messe Berlin, Berlin Exhibition Grounds, north entrance
4 - 6 May 2018
Fri., Sat.: 2 – 9 p.m.
Sun.: 1 – 8 p.m.
€ 17 per person
Free for trade visitors