German Wines in Canada

New wine festival shows off Canada's love for riesling

There's a new venue to discover German wines in Toronto. 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 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."

And while most think rieslings when they think German wines, there's more to it. While rieslings make up for 90 percent of Germany's wine market, the country's pinot noirs rival some of the best Burgundies around. Some of the best German wines released this year (and featured at the Riesling & Co. World Tour):

  • 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
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