Germany’s Winning Wines 2023 – Winners

Germany’s Winning Wines, a collection of the very best German wines available in the UK at the moment, is back and better than ever in 2023.

Wines of Germany was joined by nine MW students, representing a cross section of the wine trade, to select Germany’s Winning Wines 2023. Our judges blind tasted almost 200 wines over the course of the day, looking at the price-quality ratio, typicity and the character of each wine. 

The final selection of Winning Wines represents the dynamism and high calibre of German wine in the UK market. 

This year’s line-up particularly showcases the Pinot varieties – which Germany continues to excel at producing. Judges noted excellent typicity and well-judged use of oak among the Pinot Noirs, as well as precision in the Pinot Blancs. Dry Riesling, from easy fridge-door styles to more complex, premium, occasion wines, also stood out to judges. 

Explore the list below and enjoy the far reaching varieties of this years Winning Wines! 

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2012 Riesling, Marcobrunn Sekt Extra Brut, Schloss Reinhartshausen, Rheingau

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Judges’ comments: Great steely minerality, petrol complexity and waxy texture.


2021 Pinot Noir/Cabernet Sauvignon, Secco Rosé, Corvers-Kauter, Rheingau

Judges’ comments: Beautiful vinous character and stunning pure fruit. 

Imported by: Graft Wine

Pinot Gris – Pinot Blanc – Sauvignon Blanc


2020 Grauburgunder, Jülg, Pfalz

Judges’ comments: Notes of ripe peach with a good texture. Fresh and mineral.

Imported by: Howard Ripley

2021 Pinot Gris, Urmeer, Weinhaus, Rheinhessen

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Judges’ comments: Fruity, well balanced, easy drinking and good value.

2021 Pinot Blanc, Stepp, Gerd Stepp, Pfalz

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Judges’ comments: A gorgeous subtle wine with flinty notes and a silky acid texture.


2021 Pinot Blanc, Frey, Rheinhessen

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Judges’ comments: Beautifully balanced and well integrated oak flavours and an interesting lees character.

Imported by: Graft Wine

2021 Pinot Blanc, Maximin, Maximin Grünhaus, Mosel

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Judges’ comments: Bright and refreshing with high tension and lots of layers. 

Imported by: Liberty Wines

2021 Pinot Blanc, Haus Klosterberg, Markus Molitor, Mosel

Judges’ comments: Clean, lifted and precise with a delicate finish. Good value for money.

Imported by: Wine Traders UK

2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Bundschuh, Emil Bauer & Söhne, Pfalz

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Judges’ comments: An expressive nose of zesty, slightly sweet fruits. Citrus and herbal notes. Well balanced.

Imported by: Graft Wine




2019 Riesling, Weisenstein Trocken, Bastgen, Mosel

Judges’ comments: Complex with purity of fruit, well balanced. 

Imported by and available from: The Winery UK

2021 Riesling, Bronzelack Trocken, Schloss Johannisberg, Rheingau

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Judges’ comments: Good weight, lovely texture on palate.

Imported by: Jascots Wine Merchants


2021 Riesling, Gelblack Trocken, Schloss Johannisberg, Rheingau

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Judges’ comments: A precise style with lovely fruit.

Imported by: Jascots Wine Merchants

2021 Riesling, Helden Trocken, Axel Pauly, Mosel

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Judges’ comments: Well balanced and showing good concentration. Almost earthy on palate with smokiness.

Imported by: Liberty Wines


2020 Riesling, Steinreich Trocken, Ansgar Clüsserath, Mosel

Judges’ comments: This is a high intensity, high acid wine. Complex and concentrated with a long finish. 

Imported by: O.W. Loeb

2021 Riesling, Waitrose Blueprint German Dry, Moselland, Mosel

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Judges’ comments: Refreshing and bright, with a mineral edge and honey. Great value dry Riesling. 


2020 Riesling, Weingut Kaufmann, Rheingau

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Judges’ comments: Very expressive, well balanced with a long finish.

2021 Riesling, S Trocken, Peter & Barbara Klein, Pfalz

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Judges’ comments: Good texture with a floral nose.


2021 Riesling, Saar Fass 16 [16 22], Weingut Peter Lauer, Mosel

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Judges’ comments: Lovely texture with an interesting wax character. Good value.

Imported by: Howard Ripley

2018 Riesling, Westhofener Riesling, Katharina Wechsler, Rheinhessen

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Judges’ comments: Complex and intense. Very mineral.


2021 Riesling, Grand Lay Tocken, Mönchhof, Mosel

Judges’ comments: An elegant lesson in classic Mosel Riesling. Green fruit on the palate with good balance and persistence on the finish.


2021 Riesling, Kiedricher Trocken, Robert Weil, Rheingau

Judges’ comments: Good fruit ripeness on palate with a long finish.

Imported by: Bibendum

2020 Riesling, Bischöfliche DOM Off-Dry, Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier, Mosel

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Judges’ comments: Petrol notes with good texture and concentration.

Imported by: Boutinot



2021 Chardonnay, Trocken Reserve, Weingut Wagner-Stempel, Rheinhessen

Judges’ comments: Elegant, well integrated oak and good concentration.

Imported by: Wine Traders UK

Pinot Noir


2020 Spätburgunder, [02 22], Shelter Winery, Baden

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Judges’ comments: Well balanced, with complementary ripe red fruit flavours and oak notes. A layered wine. 

Imported by: Howard Ripley

2020 Pinot Noir, Villa Wolf, Pfalz

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Judges’ comments: Red cherry and plum in a fresh style. Good value for money.

Imported by: Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies


Rosé – Red Blends


2021, Sagenhaft Rosé, C&G, Württemberg

Judges’ comments: Well-balanced with a nice bright finish. 

Imported by: German Wine Group

2021 Portugieser/Lemberger/Cabernet Sauvignon, Melchior, Markus Heid, Württemberg

Judges’ comments: Crunchy clean style with a long finish.

Imported by: Graft Wine

Sweeter Styles


2022 Riesling, Mülheimer Sonnenlay Zeppelin, Max Ferd. Richter, Mosel

Judges’ comments: Easy drinking with a fresh lick of acidity.

Imported by: Charles Taylor Wines

2022 Riesling, Roots by Wilheim Weil, Robert Weil, Rheinhessen

Judges’ comments: Ripe fruits with lots of brightness. Long lasting on the palate. 

Imported by: Matthew Clark

2021 Riesling, Lieserer Niederberg-Helden Kabinett, Axel Pauly, Mosel

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Judges’ comments: Very energetic with great balance and a mineral texture.

Imported by: Liberty Wines

2020 Riesling, Zeltinger Schlossberg Kabinett, Selbach-Oster, Mosel

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Judges’ comments: Gorgeous nose with a complex and lovely texture on the palette. Well balanced.

Imported by: Bancroft Wines 

2021 Riesling, Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese, Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben, Mosel

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Judges’ comments: Nice petrol character, well balanced with good fruit intensity and texture.

2017 Riesling, Crescentia’ Steinberger Spätlese, Kloster Eberbach, Rheingau

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Judges’ comments: Well balanced and refreshing with marmalade and candied fruit notes. 

Imported by: Boutinot