Help me, answer a few questions and win a Wine package!

14th May

Dear visitors, I am currently in the middle of writing my Bachelor thesis in International Wine Economics.

As a part of it, I prepared a small consumer questionnaire to gather data about certain consumer preferences.
And this is where YOU come in!

I NEED YOU to complete my small questionnaire and provide me with the necessary data.

In return for your help, everyone who leaves his E-mail adress (which is not required if you don’t like to) has the chance to win a nice Wine package containing some good examples of the German wine diversity.

So please, take 5-10 minutes to complete the questionnaire, your help is much appreciated. Also, please SHARE this link so I get to the numbers I am aiming for.

Thank you very much!

Questionaire:

http://survey.wineclub88.com/limesurvey/index.php?sid=94378&lang=en

 

My special thanks also goes to the German Wine Institute, that is helping me to promote this questionnaire over …



Severe damage by hail in Austria

10th May

Austria suffers from bad hail damages.

Last weekend there was a hail storm in northern Austria in the region of Zwettl, Amstetten, Krems and Baden. It destroyed an area of about 10.000 ha fields of corn, rape, strawberries and vineyards.

The Hail-insurance declares, that the claim will be calculated in the amount of 1.5 millions Euro

Events of heavy hail damage occur more and more often in central europe. Just last year the agricultural sector in parts of Germany an Austria was stongly affected by hail incidents. Experts link the occurrence of more extreme weather conditions to climate change.

In some areas, so-called “hail flyers”, especially equipped planes try to fight hail by infusing the rainclouds with silver-ions.


2011 Icewine is about to become very rare

10th May

Nearly the whole production of icewine in Rheinland-Pfalz of the 2011/2012 harvest fails the tests of German wine control.

In most producing regions it was not cold enough for icewine at the date of harvest. Apart from that the grapes were mostly foul, said secretary of Viticulture Ulrike Höfken (Grüne) on tuesday in Mainz. For the Ministry of Viticulture it looked fishy and so they gave an order to analyze 230 icewine-samples.

More than 90% of these wines did not reach the legal minimal standards and were not allowed to be marketed as icewine. “In this context this is a novum” said Walter Reineck, Referent in the Ministry of Viticulture.

In Rheinland-Pfalz 468.000 litres of icewine of the year 2011 from 197 companies were registered. 90% come from Rheinhessen. Only wines from smaller areas of the producing regions Mosel, Pfalz and Nahe have …


Join us on Pinterest! Let’s collect and share!

29th March

We are now on Pinterest!

I wasn’t too excited about Pinterest first, but soon I realized that the emphasis on the visual experience of sharing can be very fun and exciting. Using Pinterest is like drawing a picture or making a collage of a topic. The outcome can actually be very beautiful, entertaining and informative. I definitely enjoy roaming Pinterest on the look-out for things that interest me. So I joined and set up two Boards as a start, called “German Wine” and “Wine and Food”.

So join us in this exciting new network and contribute to the collections with wine-related information, recipes or pictures you like. We’ll soon have figured out how to integrate the Pinterest Button into the site as well.

So come check us out on Pinterest!



German Riesling welcomes international competition

26th March

Every second year, the Ministry of  viticulture of Rhineland-Palatinate hosts an international Riesling competition called “best of riesling”. It is open to Riesling wines from all over the world. The wines can be submitted into one of five categories:

Category I – dry up to 12,5 % alcohol (contained alcohol
written on label) with up to 4 grams per
liter residual sugar or acidity +2 up to a
maximum of 10 grams per liter

Category II – dry over 12,5 % alcohol (contained alcohol
written on label) with up to 4 grams per
liter residual sugar or acidity +2 up to a
maximum of 10 grams per liter

Category III – medium dry with up to 12 grams per liter residual sugar
or acidity +10 up to a maximum of 19
grams per liter

Category IV – fruity & sweet with up to 80 grams per liter residual sugar

Category V – naturally …



Does Fürst von Metternich really need a Chardonnay sparkling wine?

15th March

On this year’s Prowein one of my interests was visiting Germans second biggest producer of sparkling wine – Henkell & Co. KG, where also Fürst von Metternich is produced.

There, I discovered a crystal-clear bottle with a yellow liquid. First I thought this must be a new look for the famous Riesling before I could read the label that surprised me indeed – “Chardonnay”?! I could not believe it.  Is it really necessary to follow absolutely every trend. Fürst von Metternich has always been an ambassador for Riesling – regarding sparkling wine as well as wine nearly like no other winery in Germany– until now.

The Fürst himself put all his effort into producing Riesling, and his winery, the world-famous Schloss Johannisberg, is said to be one of the oldest pure Riesling wineries. In 1925 the sparkling wine Fürst von Metternich Riesling …



German wine queen goes green

12th March

The German wine queen Annika Strebel will now help reduce greenhouse gases while completing the many appointments she has in her tight schedule.
Today she was happy to receive her brand-new hybrid Opel Ampera (in other parts of the world known as Chevrolet Volt or Vauxhall Ampera). The car is provided by the sponsoring companies EWR and General Motor-daughter Opel. It was handed over in a small ceremony in front of the beautiful theatre of Mainz, right next to the German Wine Institute‘s head offices.

The Ampera is a battery-powered car, bundled with a petrol range extender. The car is able to run 40-80 kilometers on batteries only until the range extender jumps in. The car can be recharged on a household 230V plug. The total range is stated to be around 500 kilometers.

The perfect car for the wine queen to do …



18 Medals for German wines at the Vinalies Internationales Paris

9th March

3 Gold medals and 15 Silver ones for the German participants in this year’s Vinalies Internationales in Paris. A total of over 3,000 wines were judged by an international jury in the fight for the prestigious silver and gold medals.
The most successful German vintners with 3 medals each were Anselmann and Wilhelmshof from the Palatinate.
The best cooperatives were the WZG (Württemberg) earning 3 and the WG Jechtingen (Baden) earning 2 medals.
Henkell & Co. KG from Wiesbaden took 4 medals for their sparkling wines, one each went to vintner cooperative Franken, Poss winery (Nahe) and the WG Königschaffhausen (Baden) (Source: www.germanwines.de ; www.vinalies-internationales.com).

Now, what does that information really tell? Are German wines good or not? Considering the over 3,000 wines that entered the competition and the 448 medals that were earned by French wines, one could think that they are not …



ProWein flair and ProWein nights

8th March

In the day one-review I spoke already about the ProWein not just being a trade show, but also a little bit like a family reunion. It really is that way. Some people you only meet once a year, and that’s at ProWein. Especially those that come from abroad you’ll most likely only see here. It’s one of the reasons I am excited to go there every year.

The visitors at ProWein could not be more diverse. Not just that they come from all over the world, they also come for very different reasons. There are purchasing managers from big wine companies and hotel-chains, journalists, small independent wine merchants and restaurateurs. They all have different intentions and needs, most want to do business directly or find new suppliers, others are just keen to find out more about what’s out there in the …



ProWein 2012 – Days 2 and 3 and a summary

8th March

ProWein 2012 is over,  we got some desperately needed rest and now we will bring you the rest of the Prowein story. Two more days at the most important wine fair in the world. The official numbers are now out, and they are impressive. Once again a new record was set with over 40000 visitors and 3930 exhibitors on the show floors. What sounds terrific at first, makes it actually impossible to even get a basic overview of what is being displayed. Getting too big can also be a threat to the success of a fair like this.

That being said, let’s turn to what we experienced on day two and three of ProWein.
We spend most of day two working exhibition hall 4, the German hall. Since you simply cannot visit all the wineries presenting their product, there is only two …



ProWein 2012 – Day 1 Review

5th March

With a little delay let’s review Day one of this years ProWein.

First of all, ProWein 2012 is every time a tremendously busy, hectic and loud event, and the load of impressions is truly breathtaking. Although there is around forty to fifty thousand people walking around in the different exhibition halls, sometimes it feels like you are on a big family reunion. We’ve only been in this industry for a couple of years now, but already you know so many people and everybody wants to say hi and have a little chat with you. That makes it so much fun to be there.

So we started the day of with some Ayala and Bollinger champagne at the Grand Cru Select – booth. Always a good way to start off the day. Afterwards we moved to the German exhibition hall. This hall, the …



G.H. von Mumm Winery

4th March

Breaking news from the Prowein in Düsseldorf.

The winery G.H. von Mumm  is becoming a member of the VDP. Congratulations to Christian Witte  and his Team for this membership.

VDP: Verband Deutscher Qualitäts- und Prädikatsweingüter, mercifully abbreviated VDP, literally means: The Association of German Quality and Prädikat Wine Estates. And, what about “Prädikat”? A Prädikat is simply a special attribute. In this case, an umbrella term used to denote the highest category of quality wines produced in Germany. The name of the association reflects the quality-oriented philosophy practiced by its members. (Source: www.vdp.de)



Kicking off with a Bang – ProWein

4th March

We are starting our Blog with the most important wine trade show in the world. The annual ProWein trade-show in Düsseldorf/Germany is one of the most important wine events worldwide throughout the year. More than 3.500 exhibitors and over 40.000 visitors from all over the world come to Germany every year to present their products and do business. ProWein is only open to professionals.

We’ll be covering the fair in the next three days and bring you constant updates of what we see there.



Welcome to Wineclub88.com

4th March

Wow! So this is our very first post on this Blog. We are exited that we finally managed to get the site running. From today on we will be blogging about German and Austrian Wine, bringing you all kinds of interesting news, reviews and updates.

We hope you will like this site and visit it frequently.

Please excuse if it doesn’t work perfectly during the first weeks, we are constantly working to improve and expand the blog.
WINECLUB88.com is our first ever blog, so please be patient with us.

And don’t forget to share, like, +1 and tweet if you like what you see.

 

Happy reading!

Christopher & Dieter



Almost there…

1st March

We are working hard to get our Blog up and running until ProWein. Please be patient and check back for updates!






Help me, answer a few questions and win a Wine package!

Dear visitors, I am currently in the middle of writing my Bachelor thesis in International Wine Economics.

As a part of it, I prepared a...

Severe damage by hail in Austria

Austria suffers from bad hail damages.

Last weekend there was a hail storm in northern Austria in the region of Zwettl, Amstetten, Krems and Baden....

2011 Icewine is about to become very rare

Nearly the whole production of icewine in Rheinland-Pfalz of the 2011/2012 harvest fails the tests of German wine control.

In most producing regions it was...