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Awards at the Vinalies Internationales
The 26th annual Vinalies Internationales took place in Paris from February 27th to March 3rd.
Of the highest expertise, Vinalies Internationales is a competition held with the participation of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, the International Union of Oenologists in France and VINOFED, the World Federation of Major International Wine and Spirits competitions. Participation is limited to only the best-known oenologists and wine professionals in the countries taking part.
Vinalies Internationales medals are internationally recognized. They identify the wines by their sensory qualities, independent of their geographic origin. Each Vinalies medalist receives a commentary drawn up by the president of the jury concerned.
Vinalies Internationales 2020
This year, the 26th Vinalies Internationales took place from February 27th to March 3rd, 2020, and brought together more than 2,959 wines from 45 different countries.
Prize list 2020
Vinalies Internationales in a few figures
2,959 wines presented
45 countries represented
887 medals awarded (279 gold and 608 silver)
41% of the medalists were French
Ranking the Trophies
The Trophy of Vinalies Internationales rewards those wines that receive the best rating in each category.
Wolfberger’s Fleur de Bière® Originale outshined the other competitors in the Eaux-de-Vie. Made from a bière de gard distilled in copper stills, Fleur de Bière® Originale received a gold medal as well as the Trophy Eaux-de-Vie at the Vinalies Internationales.
4 Gold Medals
2 Silver Medals
Riesling Grand Cru Hengst 2018 Gold Medal
Riesling Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr 2018 Silver Medal
Riesling Grand Cru Eichberg 2018 Silver Medal
Eau-de-Vie de Poire Williams Gold Medal
Fleur de Bière® Originale Gold Medal / Trophy Eaux-de-Vie
Work in harmony with nature
The end of winter every year sees member winegrower Hubert Gerber direct seeding1 a mix of legumes and grains. At mid-flowering, the resulting groundcover is rolled with a Rolofaca®, providing a canopy all summer long. Hubert Gerber does a second direct seeding during the summer that will guarantee the canopy lives all winter long, too.
It has now been 10 years since this winegrower from Nothalten first adopted the techniques of conservation agriculture, and he still preaches the advantages it offers. Hubert was one of the first to go for conservation agriculture. Learning from his own experiments, self-taught in the study of agronomy and soil use, Hubert Gerber also explored in books and large-scale cultivation.
“I knew nothing about conservation agriculture, direct seeding and all those ideas. It was a real revelation…And right off I said to myself, ‘This is what I have to do with my vines.’”
Still, no one in the vineyards was using this type of cultivation method; material and tools were non-existent. And so Hubert began making the necessary tools with his brother, crowned Best Metalworker in France. The Rolofaca® (for which the Gerber brothers have a patent pending) appeared in 2005, along with the first seeders specially adapted for direct seeding in vineyards.
Today, the plant canopy does a good part of the work for our member winegrower. The vines are proving stronger and more durable; there is no yellowing of the leaves, nor lack of magnesium, no compacting of the soil. The vines also seem to better weather the dry spells or droughts.
“Conservation agriculture is the proof that we can work quickly and well while respecting Mother Nature.”
1 Direct seeding is a technique of cultivating defined by the total absence of tilling as well as planting the seeds directly into the ground, eventually forming a plant canopy.
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Wolfberger announces new Export Director, presents innovative products
At ProWein 2018, the Alsatian cooperative winery Wolfberger will be presenting the wines, Crémants d’Alsace and spirits of its three brands – Wolfberger, Lucien Albrecht, and Willm – at Stand D14 in Hall 12. Since January 2018, Etienne Godard has been in charge of exports at Wolfberger. He previously worked at various champagne houses, including Nicolas Feuillatte, Vranken Pommery Monopole, and Paul Goerg. Besides Etienne Godard and his export team, Wolfberger President Hervé Schwendemann, Managing Director Bertrand Dufour and Technical Manager, Carole Couret Sales and Marketing Director and Head Winemaker Jérôme Keller will be on location in Düsseldorf.
PRODUCTS NEWS FROM WOLFBERGER
The latest creations that the Alsatian market leader from Eguisheim will be presenting to trade visitors at ProWein include the Gewurztraminer Collection Exubérance and the Crémant Révérence IX Magnum – a Crémant of hand-picked grapes that pays homage to Eguisheim-born Pope Leo IX. The extensive Crémant division is further expanded with the semi-dry Rosé-Crémant Ice Petite Folie Rosé. It was introduced to the market in 2017 and is served on ice or as a cocktail. Old vintages from Grand Cru locations in Alsace, e.g. from the steep slopes of the Rangen, can also be tasted at ProWein.
The flagship of the Wolfberger distillery and showcase product of its steadily growing spirits division is called Fleur de Bière®. This spirit based on hops has been on the market since 1989 but is now experiencing a revival thanks to new packaging and as a cocktail – the ‘Fleur Collins’. Fleur de Bière is produced in a double distilling process using a traditional copper still.
Wolfberger winemarkers & winegrowers wish you a Merry Christmas !
New product : Fleur de Bière® Originale
For nearly 30 years Fleur de Bière® has been a one-of-a-kind spirit, in a league of its own.
The efforts of men passionate about their work culminated in the icon of the Wolfberger Distillery, Fleur de Bière®. Patrick Meyer, Régis Vetter, David Bourla and Alain Meyer, under the leadership of Régis Syda, make up the team of master distillers and liqueurists who guarantee the authenticity of the product and play a role in creating its success. Their knowledge and experience are the principal qualities of the Wolfberger art of distilling; they are also instrumental in keeping the secret of the original recipe.
Aging draws its inspiration from methods used by Alsatian ancestors who would put their eaux-de-vie in earthenware jars and stock them in the attic. This way the contents of the jars would be influenced by changes in weather and temperature variations. The naturally occurring phenomenon of oxidation improves the aging and allows the beer eau-de-vie to slowly ripen. Once the aging process is finished, the master liqueurist transforms the eau-de-vie into a spirit using a recipe unchanged since 1989. After adding an infusion of spices, citrus and sugars according to a precise technique, the Fleur de Bière® is refrigerated and filtered, averaging 40° and able to be consumed as is.
ON THE ROCKS – TASTING NOTES
The transparent Fleur de Bière® bottle, with a prettily embossed design of hops flowers, was created in 1994 and hasn’t changed since. Fleur de Bière® is a registered trademark and a unique Wolfberger spirit, as much for its style as for its taste, preserving the fresh tones of the bière de garde from which it comes. Beyond the scent of hops, the nose is also well-served with the remarkable perfumes of tropical fruit, citrus and gingerbread. Fleur de Bière® Originale is generally served ice-cold in order to best experience its exhilarating original character, but can also be used in cocktails or over sorbets. Fleur de Bière® is also available for gastronomy professionals as an ingredient at 52°.
Harvest 2017 : here we go !
The harvest 2017 began the 24th of August that is to say much earlier than last year. Due to the frost in March – April and to the drought during the summer, the harvest may not last too long. As usual, the harvest begins with the Crémant d’Alsace. Then it is time to the AOC Wine and finally to the Grands Crus.
We wish all the best to our winegrowers !
Wolfberger’s 115th anniversary : an exceptional vintage
2017 marks the 115th anniversary of the Wolfberger Cooperative
115 years of expertise, innovation and passion
Since its creation in 1902, Wolfberger has played a major role in the evolution of vineyards, tenaciously pursuing its quest for excellence and authenticity. The cooperative, one of the first founded in France, respects the precepts that were a guiding force in bringing together different winegrowers looking to produce, as one, quality wines. When in the Seventies the world of fine wine finally discovered the wealth of the Alsatian terroir, Wolfberger was already well-established in the area.
Always on the cutting edge of technology, with a strong and visionary commercial development, Wolfberger quickly made its wines famous overseas. International awards attest to the daily efforts of the Wolfberger teams. Having climbed its way up to first place among Alsatian vineyard brands, in 2017 Wolfberger is celebrating its 115th anniversary, continuing to dazzle the four corners of the earth.
“Passion and ambition are inseparable, because passion serves ambition; vain ambition would have no tomorrow without being enlivened by sincere passion.
Meet us at ProWein !
From March 19 to March 21st, meet Wolfberger’s team at the prestigous trade fair ProWein, which will take place in Düsseldorf (Germany). This unmissible event offers professionnals an overview of the International Wines and Spirits market.
Where to find Wolfberger ? Hall 12, C20.
See you soon !
Wolfberger wines at the Vancouver Wine Festival, Canada
The Vancouver International Wine Festival, Canada’s premier food & wine event, has three mandates: to provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; to be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and to raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society.
The festival is an annual event, taking place in February at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues in Metro Vancouver.
During three days, wine professionals & lovers can taste numerous wines from all around the world, even from Alsace ! Wolfberger presents 2 sparkling wines and 3 very specific Alsace wines. Regarding Sparkling wines, you will discover two of the best products of the company which are the Crémant d’Alsace Brut and the Crémant d’Alsace Rosé. You can also taste three of our Alsace wines : the Pinot Noir Cuvée du Prince Hugo, a red and fruity wine; the Pinot Gris and the Riesling Grand Cru Eichberg 2013.
Wolfberger wines in Finland!
Wolfberger wines are easily available in Finland and are well-distributed. You can even find our wines at the famous Old Market Hall, Vanhakauppahalli located on Helsinki’s harbour.
From the end of January to mid-February, it is blinis season in Finland. Wolfberger wines fit perfectly with this traditional Finnish dish !
Wolfberger’s Wines in Göteborg (Sweden)
Wolfberger attended Sommeliers Day the 29th of January with our importer Wicked Wine ! An amazing tasting day !
Meet us at SIRHA 2017 !
Wolfberger wish you a Merry Christmas !
Wolfberger’s team wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !
The team Wolfberger in Japan !
Wolfberger’s export team spent some days in Japan in order to meet clients. They visited the pastry shop of Chef Yoshinori ASAMI, a very famous pastry chef in Japan. His bakery brings a piece of Alsace to Tokyo!
They also attended a special dinner organized by the Alsace Wine Club, in a very small restaurant named French Kappo, in Tokyo.
The chef, Dominique Corby, is a French cook recognized in Japan. The Crémant Chardonnay Fût de Chêne, the Riesling Pfersigberg 2014, the Pinot Gris Hengst, the Pinot Noir La Louve 2014 as well as the Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives 2012 were tasted during the dinner.
Rendez-vous at Millésimes Alsace
The Millésimes Alsace trade fair will take place in Colmar (Parc Exposition) on May 13th and 14th. Around 100 wine cellars will be represented.
Wolfberger at the Salon du Vin de France (Paris)
Wolfberger will be at to the famous trade fair “Salon du Vin de France” in Paris, Palais Brongniart on May 20 & 21st, stand 19.
Find Wolfberger in Riga !
You can find Wolfberger’s wines and crémants in Riga (Latvia), particularly the Crémant Rosé.
ProWein 2016 was an amazing edition
This year, Wolfberger was at the prestigous trade fair ProWein in Düsseldorf. This 2016 edition was particulary successful : 55 000 visitors from 126 countries and 6 200 exhibitors ! Thank you all for your visit on our stand.
Meet Wolfberger’s team at ProWein
From March 13 to March 15, meet Wolfberger’s team at the prestigous trade fair ProWein, which will take place in Düsseldorf (Germany). This unmissible event offers professionnals an overview of the International Wines and Spirits market.
Where to find Wolfberger ? Hall 12, C20.
See you soon !
Wolfberger’s wines in Helsinki (Finland) for the Alsace Day !
The Alsace Day in Finland is a very important event for the Alsatian winemakers ! Wolfberger presentend for tasting the Crémant d’Alsace Bio and the Crémant (W) that were higly appreciated. The Riesling Grand Cru Rangen made an impression. Numerous Wolfberger’s wines and Crémants are suggested in many finish restaurants and bars, even in Lapland !
Wolfberger’s wines in Stockholm (Sweden) for the Alsace Day !
The Alsace Day in Stockholm is the unmissible event for the Alsatian winemakers ! More than 30 wine-growing estates presented for tasting their best botlles.
Wolfberger exposed 10 wines representing the best the diversity and the quality of our products. The most appreciated wine was the Riesling Grand Cru Rangen.
> Read more about the Grand Cru Rangen
In the Press
A story about Tomas, a wine connoisseur, suggesting Wolfberger’s Riesling
Tasting notes of our Crémant Brut page 31, Riesling Pinot Gris 2014 & W3 2014 page 32.
The Somm Journal
Don’t call it Champagne issue – page 74 : Wolfberger Crémant Brut, a sparkling wine of great value.
WineAlign site – August 2015
Speaking of our Muscat Signature 2013, WineAlign said it appreciates the numerous exotic aromas that work so well with Chinese and Thai cooking.
Facebook page of Viikon Viini – August 2015
One of our wines pairing Riesling and Pinot Gris is recommended here as one of the best wines to drink with shellfish.
Nieuwsblad – April 2015
Every year, the Nieuwsblad (the number one newspaper in Flanders) elects the 100 best wines available in Belgian supermarkets. In order to do this, their star journalist A. Bloeykens contacts the supermarkets and asks for samples of their favorites.