Germany buoyed by US's increased demand for Pinot Noir

04 May, 2007

The German wine industry is hoping the world will start drinking its Pinot Noir after sales rose by 30 per cent in the US last year - 1 per cent more than sales of German Riesling.

Germany is the world's third-largest Pinot Noir producer , grow ing more than Australia, New Zealand and Austria combined, but demand for the variety has previously only come from the domestic market.

Monika Reule, managing director of the German Wine Institute, said: "The quality of German Pinot Noir has increased enormously in recent years, partly due to climatic conditions that have resulted in ideal vintages for producing fruity, high-quality red wines, but also due to the international experience and solid education of a new generation of German winemakers."

At the recent Wines of Germany tasting at Vinopolis in London , Nicole Vogel, of wine corporation MEJS Winzer OHG, said: "We have a lot of Pinot Noir in Germany and it's good, but the world doesn't know that. We want to show the world that we can make international red wine."

Plantings of Pinot Noir have increased by 7,467ha since 1984 with 11,807ha now dedicated to the variety.

The southern region of Baden has the largest percentage of vines, but Pinot Noir is also grown in Pfalz, Rheinhessen, Wurttemberg and Rheingau.

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