German wineries launch new classification for sparkling wine

17th July, 2018 by Edith Hancock

An association representing Germany’s top wine estates has established a new classification for Sekt; the country’s sparkling wine.

Vineyards and church at Merl, Germany, in autumn

Verband Deutscher Prädikats (VDP) is an organisation where most (but not all) of Germany’s best known and most highly regarded wine producers are members. Around 195 wineries in the country are signed up to the association’s strict internal quality standards and classifications from vine to bottle.

The VDP established its first Sekt classification at its general assembly this week.

The VDP. Sekt classification mirrors the VDP.Origin pyramid for wine classification in Germany.

Traditional bottle fermentation is compulsory for all four VDP origin categories for Sekt. Two of these — VDP. Gutssekt and VDP. Ortssekt must remain at least 15….

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One Response to “German wineries launch new classification for sparkling wine”

  1. Robert says:

    VDP. Gutsekt and VDP. Ortsekt are both missing a letter and should be VDP.Ortssekt and Gutssekt respectively.

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