Russians lead among buyers of Italian wines

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Exports of Italian wine reached a record six billion euros ($7.2 billion) in 2017, up 7.0 percent on the previous year thanks largely to Russia, Italy’s largest agricultural union said on Wednesday.
They are interested in everything from the full-bodied to the fruity were glugged with glee in established markets, with sales up eight percent in Britain, six percent in the United States and three percent in Germany.

Sales in China increased by 25 percent, though they were still relatively limited compared to the import of French wines.

But Russia proved the most partial to an Italian glass or two, with sales there leaping 47 percent on a 12-month comparison.

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Weingut Herbert Pazen wine estate #germany #moselleriver #wine

Zeltingen-Rachtig-Schleuse

 

Weingut Herbert Pazen winery is placed in Zeltingen-Rachtig, a small town in Germany. Its vineyards are settled along the famous Moselle river.

The beautiful Moselle valley region extends in north eastern France, south western Germany and eastern Luxembourg. The surrounding area has developed a strong tourist industry, thanks to its exceptional natural landscape.

 All wines produced are multifaceted and have various fruity and spicy flavors. Riesling grape is the most important variety of the region.

The wide range of wines includes:

  • Herbert Pazen, Riesling Kabinett, exotic fruity tones,
  • Herbert Pazen Secco, semi sparkling and dry wine
  • Feinster Apfelbrand, pure apple brandy.

 

Weingut Herbert Pazen winery website: http://www.herbert-pazen.de/index.php?p=1000

Valentina Gagliano

Lanius-Knab wine estate #wine #rhine #germany

Lanius-Knab

We are in Oberwesel, a small town on the left bank of Rhine river, in Rhineland-Palatinate State, in Germany. Lanius-Knab is located in this fantastic landscape. The propriety belongs to VDP, the national German association of top quality wine production.

Winemakers themselves affirmed that their high quality wines are made thanks to excellent production process in their cellars and to the quality of their grapes as well, coming from vineyards of the middle Rhine valley.

All the wines of this region are, indeed, well-known for the variety of their splendid nuances, essentially influenced by the different “terroirs” where grapes grow, so weather and territory morphology are the two main elements that made wines singular in their style.Lanius

Modernity and tradition are combined together to produce the wines of the company. First of all, wine is poured into big steel tanks of great value, and then it is refined in traditional seasoned oak barrels.

Engehöller Bernstein vineyard represents more than half of total vineyards of the firm. The basic soil component, the slate, enriches wine of unique peach and apricot aromas. Wines produced in Engehöller Goldmund vineyard have peculiar lemon and apple notes.

Whereas Oberweseler Oelsberg vine has a soil composed of humus, sandstone and slate, which gives special flavors to wines.

We have greatly enjoyed Riesling, all wines are under VDP quality certification:

Riesling 2014, a superb wine.  We can define it as a light, fresh, fruity and mineral wine. Citrus notes strengthen its freshness and make the wine a pleasure for the palate.

Riesling GG (Gewächs lordi) Engehöller Bernstein is an extraordinary wine variety. It has the same particular characteristics of classic Riesling, but it stands out for its strong fragrances. This is more mineral and softer body then others, and very intense too. We really appreciated its lemon aroma and we have been charmed by the production of Riesling carried out in a classic and traditional way, that we didn’t find in other German winemakers instead.

A wonderful winery that we really recommend to visit.

Lanius-Knab company website: http://www.lanius-knab.de/en/

Valentina Gagliano (translation)

PROSECCO, STOP THE IMITATIONS IN GERMANY

Germany stop for the first time the use of the term “secco” as imitation of Prosecco.

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Hard times in Germany for wines that show the label misrepresentations of the word Prosecco. An important ruling came in these days by the Deutsche Patent-und Markenamt (the German Patent and Trademark Office), which welcomed the suggestion by the Consorzi Prosecco DOC and Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore docg, to put an end to many imitations of the name of this wine.

In fact , the Prosecco wine since 2009 can only be produced in the north-east of Italy. A first result of great importance, which shows that the route taken by the Consorzio is the right one. Earlier this year, the two main consorzi – with the support of Mipaaf (Ministero delle politiche agricole alimentare e forestali) – have teamed up to protect and defend the image of Prosecco and Prosecco Superiore.

An important result

The result obtained in Germany is particularly important. It is, in fact, the first market for the three denominations DOC Prosecco, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG and Asolo DOCG. Until 2009 this country could bottle Prosecco, but ability failed with the introduction of Doc. This ban has led to the proliferation of phenomena of counterfeit of DO Prosecco, such as the tendency to label sparkling wines using the ending “secco”, an  obvious mispronunciation of the name Prosecco or the brand Neosecco. Monitoring activities carried out by the Legal Consortium, took a first important result: it led to the decision of the office German trademark to declare “non-recordable the brand Neosecco as the word “dry” is a mere abbreviation of the word Prosecco “.

The sentence, according to Innocente Nardi president of the Consorzio DOCG Conegliano Valdobbiadene:  “ In Germany this is an epic result, which is important not only for the German market but also to deter all the imitators. In recent years, we were committed to protect our name and record the brand of the  DOCG,  and to support  lobbying with other consortia and institutions, in order to prevent the marketing of products which imitate and misuse of the name Prosecco.”

A single legal entity

“ Time is ripe – adds Mr. Stefano Zanette president of Prosecco DOC, – so that our consortia are pursuing vigorously the actions of protection needed to ensure a future for our denominations. It is clear that much also depends of our companies, which must include a proper and consistent communication, and contribute to this activity. Despite the fact that the spirit of the rule of community law arises to protect the good faith of consumers, we can’t  ensure guarantees for  the entire production of the DOCG“.

This new year, the three consorzi involved in Prosecco DO, will constitute a single legal entity, capable of defending a genuine Italian heritage on  international markets and block imitation of the denomination in Europe and in the world. The actions that will be undertaken by the new structure will cover all major countries. It will aim to the contrast of imitations and the trademark registration of the denominations and a strong lobbying by the Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia regions, the Ministry and the EU, which aims to make understand the importance of protecting this iconic product of Italy.

Henry Borzi