Press Release – Rosé wines are in vogue around the globe. For the first time, an officially recognised competition of international rosé wines has now taken place in Germany. A jury of experts consisting of sommeliers, wine journalists and wine retailers judged more than 1,000 rosé wines from 13 wine-growing countries. Conclusion: Rosé can be more than an uncomplicated summer wine.

First International Rosé Award in Germany
Over 1,000 rosé wines put to the competition
Ferry Lacombe Diffusion is France’s best rosé producer

What once began in France has started its triumphant march through the entire wine world. The variety and high quality of the rosé wines submitted perfectly reflects the development of the past years. The spectrum ranged from simple terrace rosés to rosés matured in large wooden barrels or barriques to fine fruity and noble sweet rarities. For the first competition, which took place in April 2021, more than 1,000 rosé wines from all over the world were submitted for competition and blind tasted and evaluated by a jury of experts using the internationally recognised 100-point scheme.

Almost half of the wines entered came from German wine-growing regions. In total, 190 rosé wines from Germany were awarded.

Internationally, a total of 88 wines from France impressed the expert jury and therefore received an award. 48 awards went to Austria, 36 to Italy and 21 to Portugal. Winegrowers from Spain (11), Greece (6) and South Africa (5) were also awarded for their excellent rosé wine qualities.

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Special awards ‘Best Rosé’

The best rosé wines of the competition were honoured by the expert jury with a special award in addition to their points score. This was awarded exclusively to the best rosés in their category and origin. For example, the “Best Rosé New World” comes from Springfontein Estate, South Africa, the “Best Rosé Italy” from Donnafugata or the “Best Rosé Spain” from Bodegas Azpilicueta. In the category of noble sweet wines, the winery Helmut Lang, Illmitz (Austria), was awarded.

For its entire collection, the winery Fam. Strehn (Austria), the winery Ferry Lacombe Diffusion (France) and the winery Hammel (Germany) may call itself “Best Rosé Producers” of the Meininger’s International Rosé Award 2021.

Director Degustation Christian Wolf summarised the 1st Meininger’s International Rosé Award as follows: “It was impressive how many different styles of rosé we were able to taste. From simple but very well made rosés to matured and highly exciting rosés. This trend is definitely there and it is extremely worthwhile to look into rosé more intensively. The competition shows that rosé can do much more than it has been given credit for until now.”

On a total of four tasting days, in compliance with strict hygiene measures, the rosé wines were blind tasted by an expert jury of oenologists, wine retailers, sommeliers and journalists. A total of 413 rosé wines from all over the world were awarded by the competition, 51 of them were awarded 90 points and more. All awarded rosé wines as well as further information on the 1st Meiningers International Rosé Award can be found at:

The best international rosé wines at a glance:

Best Rosé Austria in retail markets
2020 13 Zweigelt Rosé
Winzer Krems, Austria

Best Rosé Austria
2020 Der Elefant im Porzellanladen Blaufränkisch Rosé
Fam. Strehn, Austria

Best Rosé noble sweet
Lang Pinot Noir Beerenauslese
Weingut Helmut Lang, Austria

Best Rosé Provence
2020 X Rosé
Mirabeau SAS, France

Best Rosé France in retail markets
2020 La Minuette
Domaine Gayda, France

Best Rosé France
2016 Elevae
Gassier SAS, Puyloubier, France

Best Rosé Languedoc-Roussillon
2020 Rosé de Rosé AOP Languedoc
Les Vignobles de la Grange, France

Best Rosé Italy
2020 Sul Vulcano
Donnafugata, Italy

Best Rosé Portugal
2020 Vallegre DOC Douro Rosé
Vallegre, Vinhos do Porto, Portugal

Best Rosé Spain
2019 Azpilicueta Colección Privada Rosado
Bodegas Azpilicueta, Spain

Best Rosé Spain in retail markets
2019 Campo Viejo Tempranillo Rosé
Pernod Ricard Winemakers, Spain

Best Rosé New World
2017 Ulumbaza Pink of Springfontein
Springfontein Estate, South Africa

The best German rosé wines at a glance:

Best Rosé Pfalz
2020 Philipp’s Rosé trocken
Weingut Philipp Kuhn

Best Rosé Baden
2019 Chaiselongue Blauer Spätburgunder Rosé trocken
Weinhaus Bettina Schumann UG

Best Rosé Pfalz barrel-aged
2017 Ureigen Rosé trocken
Weingut Hammel

Best Rosé Germany in retail markets
2019 Sagenhaft Rosé trocken
Weingärtner Cleebronn-Güglingen

Best Rosé off-dry
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé
Weingut Albert Glas

Best Rosé Württemberg
2018 Boom Rosé non filtré trocken VDP.Gutswein
Weingut Schnaitmann

Best Rosé Rheinhessen
2020 Blutsbruder Rosé
Weingut Karl May

Best Rosé Württemberg barrel-aged
2019 Spätburgunder Rosé R
Weingut Aldinger 

The best rosé producers at a glance: 

Ferry Lacombe Diffusion, France

Weingut Fam. Strehn, Austria

Weingut Hammel, Germany 

About Meininger Verlag

The organiser of the competition is Meininger Verlag, founded in 1903 in Neustadt an der Weinstraße, one of Germany’s oldest specialist publishers and now run by Andrea Meininger-Apfel and Christoph Meininger in the fourth generation. The company specialises in particular in the wine and beverage industry and its portfolio makes it the European market leader in the wine sector. In addition to well-known trade magazines, the company organises trade fairs, industry events and trade congresses. Internationally, Meininger Verlag has made a successful name for itself with the MUNDUS VINI Grand International Wine Award.


Source: press release

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