Monday, May 2, 2016

2016 VDP Trade Fair Weinbörse - Vintage 2015 - in Mainz: Schiller’s Report

Picture: Jancis Robinson at the 2016 Weinbörse in Mainz

The Weinbörse, the annual spring trade fair of the VDP, the association of about 200 elite wine producers in Germany, took place on Sunday and Monday, 24 and 25 April 2016, in the Rheingoldhalle of Mainz. Worldwide, the Weinbörse is the only trade fair that focuses exclusively on fine German wines.

Pictures: 2016 VDP Trade Fair Weinbörse - Vintage 2015 - in Mainz

At this year’s fair, the first comprehensive debut of the 2015 vintage, some 180 VDP producers presented more than 1,000 wines from all German wine-growing regions. Compared with large, international trade fairs the Weinbörse is “klein aber fein,” i.e. “good things come in small packages.” It is relatively easy for visitors to quickly locate the estate and/or region of interest, without a long trek from hall to hall.

Picture: The VDP Geschäftsstelle-Team, headed by Hilke Nagel and Alexia Putze: Congratualations for a Job well done

The 2,000-square-meter exhibition area in the Rheingoldhalle is all on one floor and provides ample space for the tasting stands as well as the areas reserved for individual discussions. Exhibiting estates are organized according to region and alphabetically within their respective region, as is the catalogue listing the wines available.

Pictures: 2016 VDP Trade Fair Weinbörse - Vintage 2015 - in Mainz

The VDP

The VDP is the world’s oldest and only national association of top-quality wine estates. From the vineyard to the cellar, VDP members voluntarily adhere to stringent, in-house quality standards. The four-tier VDP classification pyramid adopted in 2012 – VDP.GUTSWEIN, VDP.ORTSWEIN, VDP.ERSTE LAGE, and VDP.GROSSE LAGE – underscores the significance of origin as the basis of wine quality. The “VDP eagle,” a stylized eagle bearing a cluster of grapes, is mandatory on capsules and stands for terroir-driven viticulture and handcrafted winemaking.

See also: The new (VDP) Wine Classification in Germany: Tasting Weingut Robert Weil Wines from Gutswein to Grosse Lage Wine

Picture: Annette and Christian Schiller with Rudi Wiest, Rudi Wiest Selections

Picture: Michael P. Hirsch, Chief Operating Officer, Rudi Wiest Selections and Christine Chovan, Sales Consultant, thewinebowgroup.com, with Konrad Salwey, Weingut Salwey. See also: Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Salwey in Oberrotweil, Kaiserstuhl, Baden, with Benno Salwey – Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture. Importers Justin Christoph and Danielle King from New York

Picture: Stephan Rheinhardt of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Picture: Martin Zwick, who organizes the Berlin Cups, with German Blogger Alex Haller (Blind Tasting Club). See also: Martin Zwick's BerlinKabinettCup 2015: Germany's Best 2014 Riesling Kabinett Wines

Vintage 2015

The wines of the 2015 vintage were at the center of the 2016 Weinbörse. Here is a collection of assessments:

Jean Fish and David Rayer (Mosel Fine Wines): Vintage 2015 | Great? Yes ... But

Rarely have we seen so much anticipative raving from winemakers, grower associations and merchants alike. Comparisons were made with some of the greatest vintages ever, including with the magical 1971. The ludicrous rule “If Bordeaux has a good vintage, Europe has a good vintage” fuelled the heat. The result: Some readers were asking us about the new vintage already by February!

So is there some truth to all the hype around 2015? Is it justified? The answer so far is “Yes ... but”. Here the key facts in a nutshell:

The vintage is quite homogeneous. "Smaller" wines prove very good and "lesser" Estates made very enjoyable wines.
There are plenty of cracking successes in the making, and this in all stylistic directions.
The wines have immediate appeal with good presence and plenty of fruity flavors.
The acidity is far from shy and requires to be mastered.
The high sugar ripeness combined with high level dry extracts seems to make some wines come out on the powerful side.

Stuart Pigott on his blog: I’m sure that this is going to disappoint many of you, but what I’m not going to do is write a shopping list of the wines that you have to buy. First of all, each of you has a different taste and such a list would only work with extensive notes, secondly any list that accurately reflects the nature of 2015 in Germany would have to be very long. This is because almost everywhere the fall was nearly perfect for an extended harvest, there being little or no rot problems (which were major in 2013 and 2014) and the acidity being very healthy (more than 2014 or 2012!) That meant even less talented winemakers made some good wines, and the high flyers could get close to the optimum possible. I am now going to disappoint the group of you looking for power wines by saying that the great majority of 2015s from the leading producers are remarkable because of their subtlety of aroma and flavor, their brightness and delicacy. There are far fewer imposing wines or showy wines than in some recent vintages. And 2015 is not only great for Riesling there are many excellent Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and Silvaner (Sylvaner), just to name the most obvious success stories.

The biggest problem for the vintage is probably going to be that the euphoria about it (not entirely justified, because nearly all the producers who made exciting 2015s also made the best wines in 2013 and 2014 too) will probably result in most of the wines being drunk before they’ve had even a few months in the bottle to open up. Then, a couple of years down the line there will be widespread moaning about how the producers should have held back some 2015s, and how terrible it is that they don’t have many bottles even for themselves. If you want to drink 2015s in the future PUT THEM IN YOUR CELLAR!

Pictures: Stuart Pigott at Weingut Rudolf Fürst, with Annette Schiller

Jancis Robinson on twitter: Really enjoyed German 2015s today. Probably a better vintage for Germany than for Bordeaux - tho have tasted only Mosel & Nahe so far.

Pictures: Jancis Robinson tasting Mosel wines

Producers and Ombiasy WineTours

90% of the VDP members were present in Mainz. Prominent producers not present included Weingut Egon Müller and Weingut JJ Prüm from the Mosel, but also Weingut Pawis and Weingut Lützkendorf from the Saale Unstrut region and Weingut Zimmerling from Saxony. Below you find a list of all the winemakers present in Mainz. Annette and I talked to and tasted the wines of about 1/3 of them during the 2 days. Our selection was very much driven the 3 forthcoming Germany tours by ombiasy WineTours, Germany-North, Germany-South and Germany-East.

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Deutzerhof - Cossmann-Hehle, J. J. Adeneuer, Jean Stodden, Meyer-Näkel, Nelles

Picture: Annette Schiller with Alexander Stodden, Weingut Jean Stodden

Picture: Dörte Näkel of Weingut Meyer-Näkel. See also: Vineyard Walk and Tasting at Weingut Meyer-Näkel in Dernau, Ahr, with Dörte Näkel – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture: Marc Adeneuer of Weingut JJ Adeneuer. See also: Wine Tasting at Weingut J.J. Adeneuer in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Ahr, with Marc Adeneuer - Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Baden

Andreas Laible, Bercher, Bernhard Huber, Blankenhorn, Burg Ravensburg, Dr. Heger, Franz Keller, Freiherr von und zu Franckenstein, H. Schlumberger, Heitlinger, Konrad Schlör, Lämmlin-Schindler, Markgraf von Baden, Reichsgraf und Marquis zu Hoensbroech, Salwey, Schloss Neuweier, Seeger, Staatsweingut Freiburg, Stigler, Wöhrle

Picture: Andreas Laible, Weingut Andreas Laible, with Annette Schiller. We will visit Weingut Andreas Laible on the forthcoming Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See:
Announcement: 5 Exciting ombiasy WineTours in 2016 - BURGUNDY BORDEAUX GERMANY

Picture: Markus Mleinek of Weingut Dr. Heger. See also: Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Dr. Heger in Ihringen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden – Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Franken

Am Stein, Ludwig Knoll, Bernhard Höfler, Bickel-Stumpf, Bürgerspital zum Hl. Geist, Egon Schäffer, Fürst Löwenstein, Fürstlich Castell'sches Domänenamt, Glaser-Himmelstoss, Gregor Schwab, Hans Wirsching, Horst Sauer, Johann Ruck, Juliusspital Würzburg, Michael Fröhlich, Rainer Sauer, Roth, Rudolf Fürst, Rudolf May, Schmitt's Kinder, Staatlicher Hofkeller Würzburg, Stadt Klingenberg - Benedikt Baltes, Störrlein Krenig, Weltner, Zehnthof Luckert, Zur Schwane

Picture: Sebastian and Paul Fürst of Weingut Rudolf Fürst. See also: Tasting and Tour with the Pinot Noir Legend Paul Fürst, Weingut Rudolf Fürst in Bürgstadt, Franken – Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture: Andrea Wirsching of Weingut Hans Wirsching, Iphofen with Annette Schiller and Chriistian Schiller. See also: Tour and Tasting at Weingut Wirsching in Iphofen in Franken with General Manager Uwe Matheus – Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture: Karl Martin Schmitt of Weingut Schmitt's Kinder with Annette Schiller. We will visit Weingut Schmitt's Kinder during the forthcoming Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See: Announcement: 5 Exciting ombiasy WineTours in 2016 - BURGUNDY BORDEAUX GERMANY

Picture: Marcel von den Benken, Managing Director, Staatlicher Hofkeller Würzburg. We will visit the Staatlicher Hofkeller Würzburg during the forthcoming Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See: See: Announcement: 5 Exciting ombiasy WineTours in 2016 - BURGUNDY BORDEAUX GERMANY

Mittelrhein

Bastian, Lanius-Knab, Matthias Müller, Ratzenberger, Toni Jost - Hahnenhof

Picture: Annette Schiller with Johannes Müller of Weingut Matthias Müller. We will visit Weingut Johannes Müller during the forthcoming Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See also: At Weingut Matthias Müller, Mittelrhein, with Traubenhaus, their US-Importer, Germany

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Clemens Busch, Dr. Fischer, Dr. Heinz Wagner, Dr. Loosen, Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken, Fritz Haag, Grans-Fassian, Heymann-Löwenstein, Karthäuserhof, Maximin Grünhaus, NIK WEIS St. Urbans-Hof, Peter Lauer, Piedmont, Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt, Reinhold Haart, S. A. Prüm, Schloss Lieser, Schloss Saarstein, Stiftungsweingut Vereinigte Hospitien, Van Volxem, Von Hövel, Von Othegraven, Willi Haag, Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch, Erben Thanisch

Picture: Dorothee Zilliken​ of Weingut Forstmeister-Geltz Zilliken. We will visit  Weingut Forstmeister-Geltz Zilliken on the forthcoming Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See also: German Wine Dinner with Hanno Zilliken, Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken, at Rasika in Washington DC, USA

Picture: Annette Schiller and Roman Niewodniczanski, Owner, Weingut Van Volxem, see also: Lunch, Tasting and Vineyard Walk at Weingut Van Volxem with Owner Roman Niewodniczanski – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture: Thomas Haag of Weingut Schloss Lieser with Annette Schiller. We will visit Weingut Schloss Lieser during the forthcoming Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See: Announcement: 5 Exciting ombiasy WineTours in 2016 - BURGUNDY BORDEAUX GERMANY

Pictures: Günther Jauch, Owner, and Andreas Barth, Managing Director, Weingut von Othegraven, with Annette Schiller

Picture: Nik Weis of Weingut Nik Weis Sankt Urbans-Hof with Annette Schiller. See: Tasting at Weingut St. Urbans-Hof in Leiwen, Mosel, with Nik Weis – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Nahe

Dr. Crusius, Emrich-Schönleber, Gut Hermannsberg, H. Dönnhoff, Joh. Bapt. Schäfer, Kruger-Rumpf, Prinz Salm, Schlossgut Diel, Schäfer-Fröhlich

Picture: Anne and Cornelius Dönnhoff, Weingut Dönnhoff. See also: See also: Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour at Weingut Dönnhoff with Christina Dönnhoff – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2014)

Picture: Caroline and Sylvain Taurisson Diehl, Schlossgut Diel. See also: Tasting with Sylvain Taurisson Diel at Schlossgut Diel, Nahe – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2014)

Picture (Stuart Pigott): Georg Rumpf, Weingut Kruger-Rumpf. We will be back at Weingut Kruger-Rumpf during the forthcoming Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See: Wine Dinner with Tour at Weingut Kruger-Rumpf in Münster-Sarmsheim, Nahe, with Georg Rumpf – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), Germany

Pfalz

A. Christmann, Acham-Magin, Bergdolt - Klostergut St. Lamprecht, Bernhart, Dr. Bürklin-Wolf, Dr. Wehrheim, Fitz-Ritter, Friedrich Becker, Geheimer Rat Dr. von Bassermann-Jordan, Georg Mosbacher, Georg Siben Erben, Herbert Meßmer, Karl Schaefer, Knipser, Kranz, Müller-Catoir, Münzberg - Lothar Kessler & Söhne, Pfeffingen - Fuhrmann-Eymael, Philipp Kuhn, Reichsrat von Buhl, Rings, Siegrist, Theo Minges, Von Winning - Dr. Deinhard, Ökonomierat Rebholz

 Picture: Steffen Christmann of Weingut A. Christmann (with H.O. Spanier of Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier and Weingut Kühling-Gillot). See also: Tour and Tasting at Weingut A. Christmann in Gimmeldingen, Pfalz, with Steffen Christmann – Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), Germany

Picture: Stefan Attmann of Weingut von Winning. See also: Tour and Tasting at Weingut von Winning in Deidesheim, Pfalz – Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), Germany

Picture: Mathieu Kaufmann, Technical Director of Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl, with Annette Schiller. We will visit Weingut Reichsrat von Buhl during the forthcoming Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See: Announcement: 5 Exciting ombiasy WineTours in 2016 - BURGUNDY BORDEAUX GERMANY

Picture: Hansjörg Rebholz of Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz. We will visit Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz on the forthcoming Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See also: Tasting at Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz in Siebeldingen, Pfalz – Germany-South by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Rheingau

August Eser, August Kesseler, Balthasar Ress, Baron Knyphausen, Diefenhardt, Domdechant Werner'sches Weingut, Domäne Schloss Johannisberg, Dr. Nägler, F. B. Schönleber Wein- und Sektgut, Freiherr Langwerth von Simmern, Freimuth, Fritz Allendorf, G.H. von Mumm, Geheimrat J. Wegeler - Gutshaus Rheingau, Georg Müller Stiftung, Graf von Kanitz, Hamm, Hans Lang – Inh. Urban Kaufmann, Hessische Staatsweingüter Kloster Eberbach, Jakob Jung, Joachim Flick, Johannishof, Josef Spreitzer, Künstler, Peter Jakob Kühn, Prinz, Prinz von Hessen, Robert König, Robert Weil, Schloss Vollrads, Wein- und Sektgut Barth, Weingut Leitz, Weingut der Hochschule Geisenheim, von Oetinger

Picture: Johannes Leitz of Weingut Leitz​. We will visit Weingut Leitz on the forthcoming Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See also: Visiting Weingut Josef Leitz in Ruedesheim – Johannes Leitz is Germany’s Winemaker of the Year, Gault Millau WeinGuide 2011

Picture: Wilhelm Weil and Jochen Becker-Köhn, Weingut Robert Weil. See also: The new (VDP) Wine Classification in Germany: Tasting Weingut Robert Weil Wines from Gutswein to Grosse Lage Wine

Picture: Max Schönleber of Weingut Fritz Allendorf. See also: Lighting and the Flavor of Wine - With Winemaker Ulrich Allendorf in his Aroma Vineyard and Color Room at Weingut Allendorf in Oestrich Winkel, Rheingau, Germany

Picture: Alexander Jung of Weingut Jakob Jung. See also: At Weingut Jakob Jung in Erbach, Rheingau, with Winemaker Alexander Johannes Jung, Germany

Picture: Achim von Oetinger of Weingut von Oetinger. We will visit Weingut von Oetinger on the forthcoming Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See also: Achim von Oetinger, Weingut von Oetinger, Rheingau, Germany: Welcome to the USA and See You Soon in Germany

Picture: Mark Barth of Wein- und Sektgut Barth with Paul Truszkowski from Wine in Black. See also: Tour and Wine Tasting with Lunch, with Mark Barth at Wein- und Sektgut Barth in Hattenheim, Rheingau – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture: Eva Raps and Urban Kaufmann of Weingut Hans Lang. We will visit Weingut Hans Lang on the forthcoming Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See also: Weingut Hans Lang, Hattenheim in the Rheingau: Eva Raps, Managing Director of VDP, and Urban Kaufmann, Swiss Cheese Producer, Take Over, Germany

Picture: Désirée Eser​ of Weingut August Eser​. See also: Meeting Winemaker/Owner Desiree Eser, Weingut August Eser, on the Banks of the Rhein River in the Rheingau in Germany

Picture: Christian Witte​, Managing Director of Weingut Schloss Johannisberg​. See also: Tour and Tasting at Schloss Johannisberg, Rheingau, with Christian Witte, Domaine Director – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture: Dirk Würtz, Technical Director, Weingut Balthasar Ress. See also: At Weingut Balthasar Ress in Hattenheim, Rheingau, during the 2015 Harvest with Winemaker Dirk Würtz, Germany

Picture: Annette Schiller and Andreas Spreitzer, Weingut Spreitzer. See also: Tour and Tasting at Weingut Spreitzer in Oestrich, Rheingau, with Bernd Spreitzer – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture: Ralph Schönleber of Wein- und Sektgut F.B. Schönleber. We will visit Wein- und Sektgut F.B. Schönleber.on the forthcoming Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See: Announcement: 5 Exciting ombiasy WineTours in 2016 - BURGUNDY BORDEAUX GERMANY

Rheinhessen

Battenfeld Spanier, Brüder Dr. Becker, Gunderloch, Gutzler, J. Neus, K. F. Groebe, Kühling-Gillot, Rappenhof, Schloss Westerhaus, Schätzel, St. Antony, Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Oppenheim, Wagner-Stempel, Winter, Wittmann

Picture: H.O. Spanier of Weingut Battenfeld-Spanier and Weingut Kühling-Gillot with Steffen Christmann. See also: Wine Tasting at Weingut Kühling-Gillot in Bodenheim: Kühling-Gillot and Battenfeld-Spanier Wines – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Picture: Johannes Hasselbach of Weingut Gunderloch with Rudi Wiest of Rudi Wiest Selection. See also: Wine Tasting at Weingut Gunderloch in Nackenheim, with Owners and Winemaker Fritz Hasselbach and Agnes Hasselbach-Usinger – Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2014)

Picture: Kai Schätzel of Weingut Schätzel with Annette Schiller. See also: Weingut Schätzel in Nierstein, Rheinhessen, Joins the VDP, Germany’s Association of Elite Winemakers, Germany

Sachsen

Schloss Proschwitz - Prinz zur Lippe

Picture: Georg Prinz zur Lippe of Weingut Schloss Proschwitz with Annette Schiller. We will visit Weingut Schloss Proschwitz on the forthcoming Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See also: Dining with Prinz zur Lippe, Owner of Weingut Schloss Proschwitz, at the Lippe’sches Gutshaus - Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Württemberg

Aldinger, Beurer, Dautel, Drautz-Able, Fürst Hohenlohe Oehringen, Graf Adelmann, Graf von Bentzel Sturmfeder, Hans-Peter Wöhrwag, Heid, Herzog von Württemberg, Jürgen Ellwanger, Karl Haidle, Kistenmacher-Hengerer, Rainer Schnaitmann, Schlossgut Hohenbeilstein, Staatsweingut Weinsberg, Wachtstetter, Weingut des Grafen Neipperg

Picture: Rainer Schnaitmann of Weingut Schnaitmann with Rudi Wiest, US Importer. See also: Vineyard Tour, Cellar Tour and Tasting with Rainer Schnaitmann at Weingut Rainer Schnaitmann in Fellbach, Württemberg – Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), Germany

Picture: Annette Schiller and Joachim Brand, Managing Director and Winemaker at Weingut Fürst Hohenlohe. We will be back in a few weeks: Coming-up: 2016 Spring Tours by ombiasy WineTours to Germany and the Bourgogne, Germany/ France

Picture: Kilian Graf von Bentzel-Sturmfeder, Weingut Graf von Bentzel-Sturmfeder, with Annette Schiller. We will visit Weingut Graf von Bentzel-Sturmfeder on the forthcoming Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours. See also: Wine Maker Count of Bentzel-Sturmfeder in Frankfurt am Main Presenting his Wines from Wuerttemberg, Germany

Picture: Herzog von Württemberg, Weingut Herzog von Württemberg, with Annette Schiller. See also: Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Herzog von Württemberg at Schloss Monrepos with Owner Duke Michael of Württemberg and Winemaker Moriz Just – Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture: Kyle Frank, from the Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery in the Finger Lakes Region in the US, pouring the wines of  Staatsweingut Weinsberg. He is currently interning at Staatsweingut Weinsberg. We will visit Staatsweingut on the forthcoming Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours and Kyle will be our host. See: Coming-up: 2016 Spring Tours by ombiasy WineTours to Germany and the Bourgogne, Germany/ France

Picture: One of Württemberg's greatest winemaker, Rainer Wachtstetter, Weingut Wachtstetter, talking to one of Württemberg's greatest Chef, Burkhard Schork. See also:: Wine Pairing Dinner at Restaurant Friedrich von Schiller in Bietigheim-Bissingen in Württemberg – Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Picture: Christian Dautel of Weingut Dautel. See also: Tasting at Weingut Dautel in Württemberg with Christian Dautel - Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Side Events

There were a number of side events during the days of the 2016 Weinbörse. For instance, at the invitation of Wilhelm Weil, we spent Sunday evening at Weingut Robert Weil.

Picture: Wilhelm Weil, Weingut Robert Weil, and Annette Schiller

schiller-wine: Related Postings

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The new (VDP) Wine Classification in Germany: Tasting Weingut Robert Weil Wines from Gutswein to Grosse Lage Wine

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Salwey in Oberrotweil, Kaiserstuhl, Baden, with Benno Salwey – Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Martin Zwick's BerlinKabinettCup 2015: Germany's Best 2014 Riesling Kabinett Wines

Vineyard Walk and Tasting at Weingut Meyer-Näkel in Dernau, Ahr, with Dörte Näkel – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Wine Tasting at Weingut J.J. Adeneuer in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Ahr, with Marc Adeneuer - Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Dr. Heger in Ihringen, Kaiserstuhl, Baden – Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Tasting and Tour with the Pinot Noir Legend Paul Fürst, Weingut Rudolf Fürst in Bürgstadt, Franken – Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Tour and Tasting at Weingut Wirsching in Iphofen in Franken with General Manager Uwe Matheus – Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

At Weingut Matthias Müller, Mittelrhein, with Traubenhaus, their US-Importer, Germany

German Wine Dinner with Hanno Zilliken, Weingut Forstmeister Geltz-Zilliken, at Rasika in Washington DC, USA

Lunch, Tasting and Vineyard Walk at Weingut Van Volxem with Owner Roman Niewodniczanski – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Tasting at Weingut St. Urbans-Hof in Leiwen, Mosel, with Nik Weis – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Wine Tasting and Cellar Tour at Weingut Dönnhoff with Christina Dönnhoff – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2014)

Tasting with Sylvain Taurisson Diel at Schlossgut Diel, Nahe – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2014)

Wine Dinner with Tour at Weingut Kruger-Rumpf in Münster-Sarmsheim, Nahe, with Georg Rumpf – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), Germany

Tour and Tasting at Weingut A. Christmann in Gimmeldingen, Pfalz, with Steffen Christmann – Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), Germany

Tour and Tasting at Weingut von Winning in Deidesheim, Pfalz – Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), Germany

Tasting at Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz in Siebeldingen, Pfalz – Germany-South by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Visiting Weingut Josef Leitz in Ruedesheim – Johannes Leitz is Germany’s Winemaker of the Year, Gault Millau WeinGuide 2011

Lighting and the Flavor of Wine - With Winemaker Ulrich Allendorf in his Aroma Vineyard and Color Room at Weingut Allendorf in Oestrich Winkel, Rheingau, Germany

At Weingut Jakob Jung in Erbach, Rheingau, with Winemaker Alexander Johannes Jung, Germany

Achim von Oetinger, Weingut von Oetinger, Rheingau, Germany: Welcome to the USA and See You Soon in Germany

Tour and Wine Tasting with Lunch, with Mark Barth at Wein- und Sektgut Barth in Hattenheim, Rheingau – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Weingut Hans Lang, Hattenheim in the Rheingau: Eva Raps, Managing Director of VDP, and Urban Kaufmann, Swiss Cheese Producer, Take Over, Germany

Meeting Winemaker/Owner Desiree Eser, Weingut August Eser, on the Banks of the Rhein River in the Rheingau in Germany

Tour and Tasting at Schloss Johannisberg, Rheingau, with Christian Witte, Domaine Director – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

At Weingut Balthasar Ress in Hattenheim, Rheingau, during the 2015 Harvest with Winemaker Dirk Würtz, Germany

Tour and Tasting at Weingut Spreitzer in Oestrich, Rheingau, with Bernd Spreitzer – Germany-North Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Wine Tasting at Weingut Kühling-Gillot in Bodenheim: Kühling-Gillot and Battenfeld-Spanier Wines – Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

Wine Tasting at Weingut Gunderloch in Nackenheim, with Owners and Winemaker Fritz Hasselbach and Agnes Hasselbach-Usinger – Germany-South Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2014)

Weingut Schätzel in Nierstein, Rheinhessen, Joins the VDP, Germany’s Association of Elite Winemakers, Germany

Dining with Prinz zur Lippe, Owner of Weingut Schloss Proschwitz, at the Lippe’sches Gutshaus - Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Vineyard Tour, Cellar Tour and Tasting with Rainer Schnaitmann at Weingut Rainer Schnaitmann in Fellbach, Württemberg – Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015), Germany

Wine Maker Count of Bentzel-Sturmfeder in Frankfurt am Main Presenting his Wines from Wuerttemberg, Germany

Cellar Tour and Tasting at Weingut Herzog von Württemberg at Schloss Monrepos with Owner Duke Michael of Württemberg and Winemaker Moriz Just – Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Wine Pairing Dinner at Restaurant Friedrich von Schiller in Bietigheim-Bissingen in Württemberg – Germany-East Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)

Tasting at Weingut Dautel in Württemberg with Christian Dautel - Germany-East Wine and Art Tour by ombiasy WineTours (2015)