The winegrowers association was founded in 1993 in Bad Durkheim in Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany) was founded under the name "Barrique Forum Pfalz". There are 24 member farms from the growing area palatinate, The former goal was the promotion of the at that time still controversial Aged expansion of exclusively red wines. In the general meeting in January 2019, a new board was elected with Marco Göbel and Marius Meyer at the top. At the Annual General Meeting in June 2019, a reorientation was decided. The name addition "Barrique" has been deleted, the association now appears as "FORUM PFALZ eV - The small circle for great wines" on. Another significant change is the approval of white wines.
The comprehensive realignment also includes a reorganization of the member companies. A four-step classification has been introduced. The wine assortment of all members will in the future be uniformly divided into "area wines", "local wines", "layer wines" and "great wines". At the latest in three years (2022) all businesses should be converted. There are new regulations for the expansion of red and white wines. For the respective quality levels were varieties, maximum hectares earnings and residual sugar established.
The BIG WINES reflect the individuality of each farm and represent a "wine of international caliber". The strict quality criteria are yield regulation, exclusive hand picking and selected grape varieties. The selection procedure for the awarding of one takes place in three stages. Before the harvest, the vineyards are visited and evaluated. After the vinification, the wine is tasted and evaluated as a barrel sample. If he has reached the optimal maturity, he will be in one again blank tasted and rated again. The ratings of all three levels give the overall rating and thus the award as a GREAT WINE.
For the red wines are the varieties Spätburgunder ( Pinot Noir ) Syrah and cuvées authorized. The yield is limited to a maximum of 45 hl / ha. The expansion must be 100% in Barrique respectively. The wines may have a maximum of 3 g / l residual sugar. For the white wines are the varieties Riesling, Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc authorized. The yield is limited to a maximum of 60 hl / ha. The wines should have a maximum of 5 g / l residual sugar. For Pinot Noir and Riesling, the grapes must from a Single Location come.
In an annual blind tasting The wines are then judged by the forum members on points, and the best awarded as the "GREAT WINES" of the year. There are many activities and events on the topic of wine. These are the selection and presentation of the collection of Grosser Weine, annual presentation in " Dürkheim barrel ", Joint performances at the international wine fair ProWein in Düsseldorf and culinary accompanied wine evenings in the Palatinate top gastronomy. In addition, international comparative wine tasting, internal keg tasting and field trips are also conducted.
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