Three auctions of German fine wines and rarities are taking place on 24-26 September 2010 as part of the Centenary Celebrations of Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter or VDP, the oldest national winegrower’s association in the world. In all these years, their tradition of wine auctions has retained its function as a benchmark of the market for top German wines.
The prestige of VDP auctions has also helped reinstate the image that fine German wines enjoyed in Germany and around the world a century ago. However, this year the traditional venues in the Mosel, Rheingau and Nahe regions will also auction VDP wines from nearly all of Germany’s 13 wine-growing regions.
As usual, the wines on offer will represent the best lots of recent vintages, but also an amazing selection of rarities from more than a century, as VDP members auction ” the last remaining bottles” of a vintage. Nearly all the wines are Rieslings, the German wine classic and preferred choice of VDP members, in most regions.
Bottles bearing the sticker “auction wine” are among the finest and are being offered for the first time and are available only at auction. These rarities have never left their original cellars, which is an additional guarantee of their authenticity and quality.
Except for rarities and single-bottle lots, the auctions include a morning pre-tasting of all wines. During the actual auction, these wines are poured again and can be sampled before the auctioneer begins bidding.
“It is something very special to be able to experience an auction firsthand…a century-old tradition that hasn’t lost any of its excitement,” says VDP president Steffen Christmann. “Only someone who has personally experienced the suspense of an auction can appreciate how much enthusiasm wine can evoke.”
For further details see Centennial webpage: www.vdp.de/en/100-jahre-vdp/a-special-birthday-in-2010
From Sommelier India WINE Magazine September/October 2010