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Awards and Press

Here is an extract of our awards and press articles about the winery.

2020

Decanter
Decanter World Wine Awards
97 Punkte, Platinum Medaille für 2016 Sommerhalde Bombach Spätburgunder
Opulent, pretty aromas of black cherry, lifted violet, plush raspberry and cocoa lead through to a palate graced with sour cherry, clove, liquorice, red plum and all underpinned with a hint of dark spice.

2020

Article on the „Purple Pages“, Jancis Robinson
"Fritz Wassmer - fruit, veg and big wines"

Michael Schmidt writes about Fritz Wassmer and the passion of making big wines.

2020

Article in the magazine "Bunte"
Pleasure blogger Sophie Hummel and Alfons Schuhbeck in conversation
"A magic wine from Baden"

“Baden’s ambassador of indulgence brought along one of her favourite wines from the Baden winery, Fritz Waßmer, to the famed chef, Alfons Schuhbeck. Due to its low sugar content this Pinot Gris is a really magical wine – and it can be enjoyed even when on a diet. Matching the motto of the day: enjoyment without sacrifice. Cheers!”

2020

Vinum
4 stars
“German elite. Winery with international reputation”

All wines from individual sites achieve ratings from 90 to 92 points.
“Yet again, this year the Kaiserberg [Pinot Noir] shows off all its potential: wonderful scents of black cherry and elderberry, smoky notes, classic Burgundy impression.”

2020

Eichelmann
4 stars
"Excellent producer"

All red wines from individual sites rated from 90 – 93 points.
“At the top [of the Pinot Noir rankings] is, as last year, the Kaiserberg which combines elegance, density, complexity and a powerful-salty finish.”

2020

Falstaff
4 stars
"The winery is continuously known for excellence and [its] stylistic orientation is highly regarded at home and abroad"

11 of the 12 evaluated wines were rated above 90 points.
Falstaff Tip: 2017 Schlossberg Staufen Chardonnay: “Very elegant woody notes, much piquancy already in the nose [and] a lot of substance, with little alcohol. A high-quality companion for classic cuisine.”

2020

Gault & Millau
4 grapes
“German elite“

The Pinot Noir from the single site of Sommerhalde Bombach is rated with 95 points. From the vineyard Kaiserberg Herbolzheim, it is rated with 96 points: “Outstanding. Exceptional wines of the highest harmony, independence, complexity, finesse and elegance. Made for maturity.”
8 of the 11 wines evaluated received a score between 90-94: “Excellent. Impressive wines with great complexity and depth, pronounced typicity and very good ageing potential”.

2019

Eichelmann
4 stars
”Excellent producer“

All red wines from individual sites achieved ratings from 91 – 92 points
2016 Sommerhalde Bombach Spätburgunder earned 92 points and was described as “…showing smoky notes, fine toast, some spice, it is clear, precise and powerful with ripe fruit.”

2019

Gault & Millau
4 grapes
“German elite“

2016 Kaiserberg Herbolzheim Pinot Noir and 2016 Pinot Noir “CCL” received 95 points. 11 of the 12 tasted wines were rated with 91 – 95 points

2019

Vinum
4 stars
“German elite. Winery with international reputation“

All wines from individual sites earned ratings from 90 to 93 points.
2016 Kaiserberg Herbolzheim Pinot Noir, achieved 93 points: “The Kaiserberg from Herbolzheim is a Pinot Noir of international quality, with a viscosity in the mouth hardly known until now. […] This wine remains in the mouth for an eternity, with never-ending sweetness, freshness and transparency at the same time.”

2019

Mundus Vini Nordic
The Grand Wine Award for German Wines
2015 Pinot Noir “Alte Reben” received the gold medal.

The Pinot Noir “Alte Reben” 2015 was the only Pinot Noir from Baden to be awarded gold!
We are also delighted to be awarded silver medals for Pinot Noir “XXL” 2015 and Sauvignon Blanc 2018!

2019

Falstaff
4 stars
The winery “is continuously known for excellence and its stylistic orientation is highly regarded at home and abroad"

All wines received ratings between 91 and 95 points.
2016 Kaiserberg Herbolzheim Pinot Noir achieved 95 points: “Dark fruit, glaze, great aptitude, now already a pleasure: juice, strength and smoothness.”

2018

Decanter
Decanter World Wine Awards
97 points, Platinum medal for 2015 Pinot Noir "Alte Reben"

“A complex nose of dark berries, Morello cherries, hints of chocolate and roasting aromas. The purity of Pinot Noir shines through and there is a nice firm structure behind the ripe tannins. Great ageing potential”.

2018

Decanter
Decanter World Wine Awards
96 points, Gold medal for 2015 Pinot Noir “XXL“

2018

Decanter
Decanter World Wine Awards
95 points, Gold medal for 2015 Schlossberg Staufen Chardonnay

2017

Vinum
Deutscher Rotweinpreis / German Red Wine Award
1st place Roter Berg Kenzingen Merlot

2016

Falstaff, June 2016
Cover story - Sauvignon Blanc
2nd place Top Ten French Factor

“The Sauvignon Blanc from Fritz Waßmer was felt to be particularly “French”.
Breisgau, where Waßmer has his vineyards, is indeed not far from the neighbouring country. “Flintstone notes like a Sancerre” was certified by one taster for the 2015 vintage that was aged in stainless steel, while a second taster described it as “stony”.”

2015

Vinum
Deutscher Rotweinpreis / German Red Wine Award
Awarded the “Roter Riesen“

For his superb life-time achievement and the consistency in the quality of his red wine collections, Fritz Waßmer is awarded the special prize of the “Roter Riese” at the Vinum award ceremony in Fellbach.

2015

Vinum, September 2015
Syrah tasting
Syrah 2012 rated as best German Syrah

“A wine like a spice rack – especially for Christmas biscuits. Lilac, clove, orange, liquorice, pepper and juniper, among others, along with greener notes like eucalyptus and ivy. All added to fresh red fruits (lots of red currants), a very nice structure and acidity”.

2014

Vinum
Deutscher Rotweinpreis / German Red Wine Award
1st place Syrah 2012

2013

Schlemmeratlas
Winery of the Year

2011

Decanter
Decanter World Wine Awards
International Trophy, Pinot Noir “XXL“ 2009

“Raspberries, wild herbs, sweet spices – fragrant and luscious with a crisp but soft mouthfeel. Delicate, long and graceful with excellent length and a fine texture. Bridesmaid last year with his 2007 vintage, Fritz Waßmer has this time clinched this International trophy with his most recent release – a stunning triumph not just for him personally, but for Baden and Germany as a whole.“

2010

Decanter
Decanter World Wine Awards
Regional Trophy, Pinot Noir “XXL“ 2007

2009

Vinum
Deutscher Rotweinpreis / German Red Wine Award
1st place Syrah 2007

2005

Gault & Millau
2 grapes
Discovery of the Year 2005

“The 2001 red wines were already very good. Now, the quality of the 2002s is so convincing that we have elected Fritz Wassmer as our “Discovery of the Year 2005”.”

2005

Vinum
Deutscher Rotweinpreis / German Red Wine Award
1st place Syrah 2003

2002

Vinum
Deutscher Rotweinpreis / German Red Wine Award
2nd place Pinot Noir “Alte Reben“ 2001