News from our estate
BAVARIAN STATE AWARD OF HONOUR 2016
The Bavarian Minister for Agriculture, Helmut Brunner, has honoured our wine estate with the Bavarian State Award of Honour 2016, the most renowned Bavarian wine award. We received this award for the quality of our wines from the 2015 vintage. We feel very delighted, because our complete wine range formed the basis of consideration. >> See a picture of the conferment of the State Award of Honour here.
GRAND CRUS FROM 2015 VINTAGE
Time... We have decided to give our Grand Crus more time! For Grand Crus, especially those grown on gypsum soil, have a special complexity which unfolds very slowly in the bottle. But then when drunk a real pleasure for many years. Granting this additional time means our Grand Crus from the 2015 vintage will first be presented in fall of 2017.
We are especially delighted about our 2014 Julius-Echter-Berg Silvaner GG dry being awarded the “Best German Dry White over £15” at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2016. The renowned British wine magazine Decanter prized this Silvaner with 95 points and the platinum-medal.
This year, the grape variety Scheurebe celebrates its 100th anniversairy and is therefore set in the spotlight. Wine writer Tamlyn Currin featured our 2015 Iphöfer Kronsberg VDP.Erste Lage Scheurebe Alte Reben dry in his piece “Scheurebe and some glamorous stragglers” (Jancis Robinson, 09/2016) applauding: “Gorgeously salty, long and honed to chiselled contours. A minty cassis core that is mouthwatering. (…) Outstanding.” Europe's leading drinks trade publication "the drinks business" presents our 2015 Iphöfer Kronsberg VDP.Erste Lage Scheurebe Alte Reben dry in a row of 10 of the best German Scheurebe wines (08/2016). At the Scheurebe tasting of the German magazine "Falstaff" (07/2016) our Scheurebe wines performed very well: Our 2015 Iphöfer Kronsberg VDP.Erste Lage Scheurebe Alte Reben dry as well as our 2015 Iphöfer Scheurebe Kabinett dry achieved 90 points. Our 2015 Scheurebe dry reached 89 points.
At the world's largest Riesling competition "Best of Riesling 2016" our 2015 Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg VDP.Erste Lage Riesling dry achieved extraordinary 93 points (Meininger Verlag 06/2016).
At the international pinot grigio award 2016 ("Internationaler Grauburgunderpreis" 07/2016) our 2015 Iphöfer Julius-Echter-Berg VDP.Erste Lage Grauburgunder Alte Reben dry achieved 90,8 points, 4 stars (Top 10) and was prized for "extraordinary quality".
Moreover, some of our wines have also been evaluated by the magazine “wine spectator” (05/2016):
90 points: 2014 Julius-Echter-Berg Silvaner Großes Gewächs dry
90 points: 2014 Iphöfer Kronsberg VDP.Erste Lage Silvaner Alte Reben dry
89 points: 2014 Hans Wirsching St. Veit dry
Please find further reviews here: press.
Dry Silvaner, Scheurebe and Riesling wines have been our family's specialty for generations! The original winery of our estate is located in the village of Iphofen, Franconia's 'historic treasure box'. It is the Gypsum Keuper soil that characterizes the terroir of our Premier Vineyard Sites, of which the Julius-Echter-Berg is the most famous. There, we carefully cultivate our vines, harvest our perfect, fully ripen grapes and then lovingly guide our young wines to emerge as distinctively unique wines that will enrich your life.
Yours, The Wirsching Family