From 9 to 10 May, I was invited to the International Riesling Symposium organised every three years by the Geisenheim Wine University in Germany. Bringing together winemakers, researchers, journalists, sommeliers and buyers from the major Riesling-producing countries, the symposium aimed to highlight the repercussions of global warming on Riesling production, as well as the innovations that allow us to adapt to it.
Through four conferences accompanied by tastings of great Rieslings, but also through the visit of the collection of more than 1200 vines of the grape variety, we tried to understand the numerous challenges that Riesling is facing today.
I am always proud to visit this collection, as nine vines come from a parcel of Moenchberg Grand Cru planted by my father André in 1959 after he had made a massal selection, i.e. after having chosen the grafts by cutting a shoot from the most beautiful vines!