Posts Tagged ‘Germany’


Two bottles of Champagne seized by the Nazis during World War II then ‘liberated’ by an RAF serviceman are to go under the hammer this month.

According to Hansons Auctioneers, both bottles – Château de Mareuilsay Montebello 1937 and Monopole Red Top by Heidsieck from an unknown date – are unopened and in good condition.

Each bear a red stamp in German and French that reads: “Sales in the free market are prohibited”, and “Reserved for German army not for resale or purchase.”

They were discovered by a British member of the RAF who was serving in France following D-Day in 1944.
Detail from the Heidsieck Monopole label
He left the bottles to his daughter, who sold them to the unnamed vendor a decade ago.

While Hitler was teetotal, chief of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Goering, filled vast cellars with stolen bottles of Champagne following the invasion of France.
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Conditions favourable for Ice Wine in Germany.

Conditions favourable for Ice Wine in Germany.


Freezing temperatures across Germany in the nights of 8 and 9 December have ushered in a promising Eiswein harvest – for some estates the first for many years.


At Riesling estate Schloss Vollrads in the Rheingau, teams headed out by midnight on 9 December to pick solidly frozen grapes.

Christine Höhne, Vollrads’ export manager said, ‘The grapes were very healthy so the wine is very clean, we are totally happy with 195 degrees Öchsle [the must weight, indicating sugar content in the juice]’.

Temperatures need to fall to at least… read on

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All sorts of markets are appearing today that, 20 years ago or less, were barely given a second thought.

China, Brazil and Russia take most of the sexy headlines when it comes to growth at the moment.

Some are less well known but equally important, Belgium, Germany, Australia, Nigeria and Mexico for example.

They are strong, up and coming markets showing stable, if sometimes rapid, growth.

Figures from the CIVC for 2011 show that over the course of last year, China grew by 19% to over 1.3 million bottles, Australia by 31% to 4.8m bottles and Singapore by 20% to 1.4m bottles.

However, from small bases some truly fantastic figures can be achieved as the sudden influx of even 100 bottles boosts a country’s figures dramatically.
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From the Iberian Peninsula to Germany, wine growers faced low quantities of grapes and a lot of work in the vineyards.

Europe's bad 2012 Wine Harvest

Europe’s bad 2012 Wine Harvest

Harvest. For winemakers, no other word is loaded with so much potential and anticipation. After a long growing season of endless work in the vineyards, harvest means pencils down, time’s up. And no matter how hard you have labored all year, at the end of the day, nature usually has the last word.

In the last of five 2012 vintage reports, vignerons in key European wine regions are reporting low yields. In Germany, wet weather created constant work in the vineyards. In Austria, Spain and Portugal, drought was the main factor, reducing the crop and challenging growers to nurture ripe, balanced fruit. Quality looks good, quantity not so much. As for final quality in the bottle—it’s too early to know. But here’s a sneak peek.
• Austria
• Germany
• Portugal
• Spain

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