An international wine tour with WEINmesse berlin
Only rarely does the opportunity present itself at one location to taste and buy from among 3,000 wines from 20 countries. And that place is WEINmesse berlin, which is taking place from 4 to 6 May on the Exhibition Grounds. For a week the word here will be: “Santé, cheers, cin cin, ¡salud!“, as visitors toast each other with French, South African, Italian, Argentinian or Spanish wines. Whether red, white, rosé or sparkling wines – Messe Berlin, together with German Wine Marketing (DWM), has brought a worldwide portfolio of the juice of the grape to Berlin.
A pleasant start to the tour could be provided by light white wines. In this category Portugal offers its fresh and floral vinho verde. These are also the attributes of the sparkling wine from northern Italy, prosecco, which several exhibitors are providing for tasting. The Spanish equivalent is called cava. And of course such a list should also include the Greek retsina. What all of them have in common is that they are an ideal accompaniment to hors d’oeuvres.
The journey also takes visitors to South Africa, if they are searching for stronger wines. Dealers and producers from the Cape will be bringing examples of their chenin blanc, a wine offering hints of honey, papaya and apple. Similarly full-bodied chardonnays are cultivated in Chile, where this grape variety delights the palate with intensive lime and honey aromas. Austria is the source of floral and full-flavoured versions with wines made from yellow muscatel grapes. Ideally these can be served with pasta in cream sauce or a slice of fried salmon.
Anyone who thinks that red wine and fish do not go well together should sample a light pinot noir from the state of Oregon in the USA. These wines from the exhibitors reveal cherry and tobacco notes. Several thousand kilometres further south in the Argentinian region of Mendoza a pinot noir is produced that suggests ripe raspberries and gingerbread. Going over to the other side of the world one can taste cherries, olives and liquorice in the varieties produced in New Zealand. And all this can be found in the German capital.
A prime example of wines with more strength and body is provided by Spain’s tempranillos. Of these the more mature types recall leather, plum and dried fruit, and are perfect with roasted or grilled meat. In the renowned Bordeaux region of France the producers put the emphasis on combinations of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, whose sweet spiciness is an ideal accompaniment to stews too.
To end the tour on a more powerful note, the Argentinian malbec and Chilean carménère are worthy representatives of wines that are almost black in colour, with a flavour that evokes dried blackberries and sour cherries. This fair is also the place to taste a luscious shiraz or cabernet sauvignon from Australia, with aromas redolent of dark chocolate, pepper and dark berries. “Even this small selection reveals that WEINmesse berlin can offer the right wine for every palate”, according to Peter Antony, CEO of German Wine Marketing (DWM).
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
The minimum age is 18
(16 if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)