In Frankfurt / M, the European top sparklings and wine art.
At the 2nd International Sparkling Festival on June 3, 2018 in the Frankfurt Villa Kennedy, 54 sparkling wine producers from 10 nations presented a unique selection of more than 160 traditionally produced sparkling wines.
The exhibitors came from Germany, England, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Austria, Slovenia, Spain and as special guest South Africa.
Both, trade visitors and consumers were invited. This year more than 300 guests came to the show. The proportion of trade visitors corresponded to around 70 percent.
The International Sparkling Wine Festival offers a unique, selected forum for European, quality-conscious winegrowers with sparkling wines according to the "méthode traditional". The winemakers can participate in the festival only by invitation.
From Germany, 23 of the most well-known sparkling wine producers were invited this year, including some young producers. These young winemakers confirm that the German sparkling wine also has a future in order to keep up in the top class.
The classic Cuvées from France the "Grande Dame" Champagne convinced the visitors. Well known Maison de Champagne as well as the increasingly “Grower Champagne” showed their best wines.
In Germany, the Crémants from France, represented with the regions of Alsace, Loire and the Jura enjoy particular popularity. The Crémants from Luxembourg were certainly among the innovative products of the festival.
Spain, with the world's second highest production of quality sparkling wines, the Cavas, was well received. The extremely long yeast storage, with the associated length and intensity on the palate surprised the experts.
The sparkling wine variety of Italy, whether from the Trentino or the DOC Franciacorta in Lombardy were highly praised and seem to be on the rise again in the professional world.
The spirit of the high demand of Austrian sparkling wines was mirrored one by one in the glass again. Great skill through long yeast storage, reinterpretations of the grape variety Gruener Veltliner or the Yellow Muscat promised the surprising taste.
There was a great interest in the English sparkling wine. Despite strong demand, this sect can’t be acquired directly in Germany. They are made from the classic grape varieties Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier. They are straight, rich in extracts with a delicate acidity.
The festival visitors were curious on the sparkling wines from Slovenia and Portugal. In addition to the classic grape varieties, the use of indigenous grape varieties such as Rumeni Plavec or from Portugal: Cerceal and Gouveio Real, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional promised tension in the flavors and on the palate.
With all this great variety, the Sparkling Festival is unique and offers sparkling wine lovers and experts classical sparklings and many new discoveries. The trends of recent years with long yeast storage, the use of wood, the low dosages, such as Zero Dosage and Extra Brut were very well received. Special recognition for the organization and chosen location, the Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt was pronounced by exhibitors and visitors.
The festival will continue and will be held in June again in 2019.