At the end of August I received a nice email from Geisenheim University in Germany asking if I would like to participate in their student’s project “Unification Wine”, in which two wine blends from all 13 wine growing regions of Eastern and Western Germany have been created. As I’ve been told, Professor Schweickert and his students sent bottles of each wine to the world’s 100 top wine journalists and bloggers to get a feedback about the wines they made. I am very pleased to be one of the chosen wine writers and this is how I participate in the celebration of the Germany reunification!
I said ‘yes’ (obviously!) I think it is important to participate in students projects and to see what level of quality their wines present. Students are the future of the wine industry and it’s great to see the way they learn about wine and their input into the world of wine.
I received two bottles of the unification wine (red and white) at the end of September and it’s time to finally write about them! But firstly let’s take a closer look at the student’s project…
A few more words about the Geisenheim University and their unification wine project
Germany is celebrating its anniversary years – firstly it’s been 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989-2014) and, secondly, it’s also been 25 years of official German reunification (1990-2015). To celebrate both anniversaries, the students from the Geisenheim University created wines in which the whole spectrum of German wine production is represented. As they wrote in a letter to me, “the wine symbolizes the unity of Germany through its varied wine cultures and tastes”.
I find it very interesting, as the Geisenheim University students managed to put together the entire spectrum of German quality wines represented by different grape varieties (both white and red wines are blends), 13 German quality wine regions (Ahr, Baden, Franken, Hessische Bergstrasse, Mittelrhein, Mosel, Nahe, Pfalz, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, Saale-Unstrut, Sachsen and Wurttemberg) and many different producers (wine and grapes come from individual producers, bulk wine producers, cooperatives and members of Association of German Pradikat Wine; they also represent organic and traditional wine growing and winemaking); they closed the diversity of the German wine world into two bottles of wine – one red and one white ;) I will write a bit more about the wines below but you will also find the full wine reviews and tasting notes in my Tasting Room.
I found out that the ‘Unification Wine’ project has been created by students of the International Wine Business program (in English) where students from all around the world learn about the wine business, wine economics, wine marketing altogether with viticulture – winegrowing and winemaking, enology and sensory evaluation, focusing a lot of the worldwide wine market.
A taste of Germany: unification wine
The official white wine ‘The White Cuvee’ is a Riesling based blend (60% of Riesling and 40% other white grape varieties) is a very fresh and light white wine with lots of lemon and green apples aromas. The official red blend ‘A Red Cuvee’ is a Pinot Noir base blend (90% of Pinot Noir and 10% other grape varieties) is crispy, round and soft, full of red currant and cherry flavours.
Both wines will be presented tomorrow (3rd of October 2015), as the official unification wines for the celebration of 25 years of Germany reunification and they will be tasted by the heads of German government. Feel free to check out my own wine reviews and tasting notes of the wines in the Tasting Room: for white blend click here and for red one- click here.
Some interesting key figures about German wine sector
* the biggest vineyard acreage in Germany is in Rheinhessen (26 516 ha), next one is Pfalz with its 23 489 ha followed by Baden (15 815 ha).
* In total there are 102 172 ha of vineyards in Germany.
* The main white grape varieties in Germany are: Riesling (22 837 ha), Mueller-Thirgau (13 108 ha), Silvaner (5 122), Grauburgunder, Weissburgunder and Chardonnay; total white acreage is 65 589 ha.
* The main red grape varieties in Germany are: Pinot Noir (11 769 ha), Dornfelder (8 197 ha), Trollinger (2 350), Pinto Meunier, Regent, Lemberger; total red acreage in Germany is 36 583 ha.
* Consumption of wine in Germany (including sparkling wine) is 24,4 litres per capita
* Share of the type of wine: 45% whites, 43% reds, 12% roses
Credits: Data and wine report information come from Geisenheim University presentation and their research center. I would like to say a BIG THANKS to Mrs Annika, who I’ve been talking to about the project – she and her fascination of the project made these unification wines even more interesting for me! I would also like to say thanks to Prof. Dr. Erik Schweickert, who sent me lots of interesting information about the Geisenheim University and “Unification wine” project.