Wines of Germany

Wines of Germany

May 08, 2013 07:00 ET

Summer: A German Wine's Best Friend

Riesling & Co World Tour stops in Toronto May 28, helping Canadians discover new German wines to complement the warm summer months

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 8, 2013) - With the warm weather finally here, there is nothing better than a cool, crisp Riesling to complement the arrival of summer. To help Canadians discover new German wines, the 21st edition of the Riesling & Co. World Tour will visit Toronto on May 28, taking place at the Arcadian Loft, 8th Floor, Simpson Tower. The event will also mark the first official visit of Julia Bertram, 2013 German Wine Queen, to Canada. Queen Bertram will host the event, introducing guests to the leading wines and winemakers of Germany - an honour she earned by winning the 64th edition of the German Wine Queen contest in September 2012.

The wine fair is the largest forum for German wines in Canada. It will feature more than 20 celebrated German winemakers and winery principals, a seminar and tasting program entitled "The Unexpected Germany" and more than 100 wines carefully paired with delicious culinary creations. The German Wine Institute, host of the event, expects hundreds of Canadian wine professionals and more than 250 consumers to attend the event.

"Canada is an important market for us and a natural destination for our Riesling & Co. World Tour," said Ulrike Lenhardt of the German Wine Institute. "Hundreds of German wines are released in Canada each year and they're all worth trying. Growth, year over year, for our wine exports leads me to believe that Canadians agree with me. That's one of the reasons why we keep coming back with new promotions and partnerships."

To purchase tickets for Riesling & Co. World Tour and meet the German Wine Queen, visit www.germanwinefair.ca .

Did you know? About the German wine industry in Canada

  • Canada is the fifth largest importer of German wines in the world. In 2012, more than 50,000 Hl (600,000 cases) were exported at a value of 17 million Euros ($22.5 million), representing a 5.1% increase in volume and 8.7% in value over 2011.
  • Ontario is the largest market for German wines in Canada representing more than 40% of German wine sales in volume.
  • Each year, hundreds of new German wines are released across Canada. More than 30 new releases are planned for the first half of 2013
  • Germany has an annual production and sales of 9-10 million Hl of wine per year. The country's exports have grown to 1.3 million Hl of wine in 2012, valued at over 326 million Euro ($440 million CAD). In comparison, exports of Canadian wine reached a high of 262,000 Hl in 2012, valued at $41.2 million CAD.
  • About 90% of German wine sales in Canada are Rieslings. Overall, wine sales have increased 15% in the last three years and continue to grow.
  • Germany has established itself as Burgundy's key competitor as a world-class Pinot Noir producer. It is the third largest producer after France and the United States.

Top German Wine Releases, 2013

  • Wittmann Biodynamic 2011 Riesling Dry(available in Ontario at Vintages stores); retailing at $20.95
  • Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Riesling Auslese 2010, will be available at Vintages on May 11, retailing at $29.95
  • Spätburgunder G 2010 Pinot Noir by Decanter Magazine's award winning wine producer Meyer-Nakel, is available at LCBO stores and retails for $29.95
  • Also by Meyer Nakel is the sublime 2010 Pinot Noir called "Blauschiefer", meaning slue slate, the type of soil the grapes for were grown on. It is currently available at the LCBO and retails for $40.95

About Wines of Germany

Wines of Germany, the exclusive Canadian office of the Deutsches Weininstitut, aims to convey the character, breadth and quality of German wines to Canadians through educational and promotional activities. It is the primary information source on wines deriving from the 13 German wine growing regions for members of the wine trade, media, and Canadian consumers. The promotional and educational efforts of Wines of Germany focus primarily on Riesling, the most famous German grape variety. Visit www.germanwinecanada.com for more information.

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