Rosé table debut at Wines of Germany annual UK tasting

06 April, 2007

Germany will be cashing in on the rosé boom at its annual UK trade tasting with, for the first time, a generic rosé table .

Wines of Germany's Riesling & Co World Tour takes place on April 25 at Vinopolis, where 48 producers will show more than 300 wines.

Fifteen rosés from producers across Germany will be on taste. The majority are "weissherbst", the German term for wines made from one red grape variety but vinified as a white wine would be. Most are dry and the majority are made from Pinot Noir, but there will also be wines made from Merlot and Portugieser.

Wines of Germany head Nicky Forrest said: " The plantings of quality red grape varieties such as Pinot Noir have increased dramatically over the past few years, so expect to see more medium-dry and dry German red and rosé wines making their way into the UK market."

As well as rosé, red wines will be shown by a number of producers at the event. Red varietal wines now represent more than 37 per cent of German vineyard acreage, and popular grapes include Pinot Noir, Dornfelder and Portugieser.

The event will also have a strong focus on Riesling - notably from the 2006 and 2005 vintages. Germany is home to some 60 per cent of the world's Riesling vines, according to Wines of Germany.

Highlights include a new Pinot Grigio Classic 2006 and Pfalz Pinot Noir Rosé 2006 from co-operative Moselland.

German wine feature, page 24.

Wine in brief

Bottle Green has launched its French Connection AOC Classics in Tesco. The Costieres de Nimes Rouge and Blanc are the first wines in the range to be listed in the UK off-trade. The y retail at £7.99 and are said to mark a new stage in French Connection's brand development . The new French Connection Classics label also includes a Côtes du Rhône Villages and a Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

10 International will represent DFJ Vinhos' wines in the UK, taking over from D&F Wine Shippers. Bill Rolfe, director of 10 International said: "We have worked close ly with DFJ over the past year developing Pink Elephant rosé wine and are extremely pleased with the result." As part of the agreement, 10 International will develop several new wines to complement the Portuguese producer's existing range.

Kendermans has redesigned its bottles in a bid to attract new consumers and enhance its appeal to existing ones. The new design features a split label with the larger label displaying a new brand logo in handscript and the foot label making the grape variety and vintage clearer. The new design, which will be unveiled at LIWSF, also includes distinctive branding on the screwcap.

Backsberg has become the first wine producer in South Africa - and one of only three in the world - to gain carbon neutral status."Care for the environment means care and concern for succeeding generations. As custodians of the land, it is our duty to understand and recognise potential threats, and to mitigate against them for the benefit of the next generation," said proprietor Michael Back.

WaverleyTBS will be sole distributor for Maven Wines in the UK as part of the company's push into the off-trade. National account controller for grocery Andrew Lamberth said: "Maven is an iconic New Zealand wine brand which has an intuitive understanding of the consumer as well as a fine range of wines and we're looking forward to creating new opportunities for distribution in the UK."

New Generation Wines has been appointed sole UK agent for South African wineries Robertson, Boekenhoutskloof and Krone . Vinimark, via its UK subsidiary Vinimark Trading, will become a minority shareholder in NGW through the issue of new shares. Tim Rands, managing director of Vinimark, will join the NGW board .

Wines of Germany trade tasting

Where: Vinopolis, London SE1

When: 10am-5pm, April 25

Tickets: Martin Braun, 0207 759 7405; e-mail

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