GERMAN WINE PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
*GERMAN WINE INSTITUTE TROPHY
FOR GERMAN PRODUCER OF THE YEAR:
"Sitting high above the northern shore of the river Rhine, Schloss Johannisberg is one of the Rheingaus most prominent and recognisable landmarks.
With the first records of winemaking on the site dating from 817 AD, the site has been through many incarnations in over 1,000 years of wine production.
Initially a Benedictine monastery bequeathed to the order by the Emperor Charlemagne, it was while in the ownership of the Prince Abbot of Fulda (who also turned it into a palace) that "spätlese is said to have been discovered in 1775. Whether or not this was the first place the wine was created, it has been the estates signature style since the 18th century.
In 1816 the property was placed under the ownership of the Austrian diplomat Clemens Fürst von Metternich for his role in bringing about the Treaty of Vienna in 1815. To this day the estate gives one tenth of its production to the House of Habsburg; a stipulation of the original handover.
Destroyed during the Second World War, the palace was later rebuilt and in 1971 German law declared that Schloss Johannisberg was an independent appellation that required no other geographical designation.
A long-time member of the Germanys Verband Deutsche Prädikatsweingüter, Schloss Johannisberg has devoted itself exclusively to Riesling since 1720, while the coloured capsules it uses to differentiate its Prädikat wines date back to 1820.
Long recognised as one of Germanys leading estates, earlier this year a bottle of 2011 Trockenbeerenauslese set a new record at the annual VDP auction when it was sold for €1,040."