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The New 2021 Wine Law in Germany:  Tasting Our Way Through the Classification System – March 11, 2023

March 11, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED.  Please plan to join the German Wine Society on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 7:00 pm for a presentation on the new German wine law and classification system, and tasting of wines to illustrate the new system, by our own Annette Schiller, who has brought some of these wines back from Germany just for us.  This is our first in-person event of 2023, and just the way to bring our knowledge of German wines up to date for all the events to come.  Registrations for this event are due by Tuesday, March 7, 2023, and the price is $50 for GWS members, $57 for non-members.  Please be aware that, due to limited supply of some of the wines, we have a maximum cap of 40 for attendance at this event.  Reserve early to avoid disappointment!

Did you ever complain about the difficulty in understanding the label of a bottle of German wine?

Those days are finally over, since on November 26, 2020, the German parliament passed a new German wine law, which took effect January 27, 2021.  The most important point of the new wine law is that a new hierarchy to determine the quality of the wine was introduced. The emphasis shifted from the sugar level of grapes at point of harvest as quality measure to the wine’s geographic origin and how narrowly it is defined. The bottom line is: the narrower the origin, the higher the quality. This concept follows the “terroir” principle, well-known from the classification in Burgundy and elsewhere.  We will explore the quality levels by tasting several wines moving up in the quality pyramid as well as tasting the same wine within the same quality levels in the dry and sweet versions.   

The list of wines for this event, presented below organized by categories in the new wine law, includes wines of various quality levels up to and including GG as well as sweeter Pradikat wines.   A tasty buffet of cheeses, bread, crackers, charcuterie, grapes and veggies will be provided to accompany the wines.

I. Deutscher Wein – Germany – No Further Indication of Provenance

Pink Riesling, Dr. Heidemanns-Bergweiler

II. Landwein – Protected Designation of Geographical Origin

III. Protected Specific Origin:

Anbaugebiet – Winegrowing Area

2021 Riesling, Trocken, Weingut Schreiber, Rheingau

2020 Riesling, Dry, Weingut Dr. Loosen, Mosel, VDP

2020 Riesling, Kabinett, Weingut Dr. Loosen, Mosel, VDP

2020 Huxelrebe, Spätlese, Weingut Geil, Rheinhessen

Region – Region

Ortswein – Village wine

2021 Hochheimer Riesling, Trocken, Weingut Schreiber, Rheingau

2021 Hochheimer Riesling, Kabinett, Weingut Schreiber, Rheingau

2020 Kiedricher Riesling, Trocken, Weingut Robert Weil, Rheingau, VDP

Lagenwein – Single Vineyard wine

Erste Lage – Premienr Cru (if dry: Erstes Gewächs)

2017 Kiedrich Turmberg, Riesling, Trocken, Weingut Robert Weil, Rheingau, VDP

Große Lage – Grand Cru (if dry: Grosses Gewächs)

2021 Hochheimer Reichestal, Riesling Trocken, Weingut Schreiber, Rheingau

2021 Hochheimer Reichestal, Riesling Spätlese, Weingut Schreiber, Rheingau

2020 Erdener Treppchen, Riesling Trocken, GG, Weingut Dr. Loosen, Mosel, VDP

2020 Erdener Treppchen, Riesling, Auslese, Weingut Dr. Loosen, Mosel, VDP


Our tasting will begin at 7 p.m on Saturday, March 11, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. to admit guests.  The location is the Van Ness Room that we have often used before for membership meetings and other events, at 3001 Veazey Terrace NW, Washington, DC 20008.  Enter through the main lobby of the apartment building on the 5th floor, and then go down to the 2nd floor by elevator and proceed down the hall to the clubroom.  While there is not off-street parking at this location, on-street parking is available (bear in mind DC parking restrictions and meters), and there is easy access to Metro, at the Van Ness Red Line station.

You can register and pay for this event in either of two ways.  


You will need to create a GWS account for the website if you do not already have one, and you will also need to have a PayPal account, as we cannot accept payment by other forms of credit or online transfer.  If you are coming as a couple or other group, you can either register and pay for each individual separately, or do it as part of a single transaction and complete the payment on PayPal together.  If you do a single transaction, please also email the Secretary of the GWS Capital Chapter at the address below to provide the names of each individual coming, as the individual names will not all appear on the website form for multiple persons registering together.

Second, if you prefer to register by mail and pay by check for the event, please clip off the registration form attached to this notice, indicate the names of all who will be attending, and mail a check made out to the German Wine Society in the proper amount along with the form to: 

Carl Willner

President and Secretary, GWS Capital Chapter

1014 Reserve Champion Drive

Rockville, MD 20850

You can also reach the Secretary by e-mail at carl.willner1@verizon.net .

Whether you are registering by mail or online, please be sure to provide the names of all persons for whom you are registering, and pay the appropriate price depending on whether each person is a GWS member (with annual dues paid), or a non-member.   You can also become a member or renew, if your membership is not current, together with your registration for this event by including an annual $35 dues payment (for an individual or a couple), through PayPal, or by mail using a check, in the same manner as registering for the event.   If you have been a member of the GWS Capital Chapter in the past but are not sure of your current membership status, please email the Secretary at the above e-mail to confirm your status.      

We are modifying our policy with respect to proof of covid-19 vaccination this year, after two years of experience with in-person events following the pandemic.  Members and guests who have attended our in-person events in 2021 or 2022, and shown proof of covid-19 vaccination previously, will no longer be required to do so for admission.  For the health and safety of all members and guests, however, those members and guests who have not attended one of our in-person events in the past two years will be required to affirm that they are fully vaccinated for covid-19 when registering (this may be done by email to the Secretary) and should be prepared to provide proof of vaccination when arriving at the event if requested.  Thereafter, for future events they will be treated as other members and guests who have previously attended and shown proof of vaccination.  Proof may consist of either sending an e-mail in advance to the GWS Capital Chapter Secretary with a legible photo image of a vaccination card, or producing a vaccination card at the event either physically or by a legible photo image at the time of signing in at the event upon request.  Members and guests who fail to provide proof of vaccination and have not previously done so will not be admitted.  Masks will not be necessary. 

All GWS members and guests are reminded that alcohol consumption can lead to intoxication.   Members and guests should use public transportation to events, rely on a designated driver, or taste the wines rather than finish them.

If you have questions about this event, you may contact the event organizer and presenter, Annette Schiller, at aschiller@ombiasypr.com  .   For questions about registration and membership, please contact Carl Willner, Capital Chapter President and Secretary, at  carl.willner1@verizon.net .

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If registering by mail, please fill out and cut the reservation form below with your check – do not mail the entire notice.



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March 11, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Van Ness Room
3001 Veazey Terrace NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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