The winegrowers' association was founded in Bad Dürkheim in 1993 Rheinland-Pfalz (Germany) founded under the name "Barrique Forum Pfalz". There are 24 member companies from the growing area palatinate, The goal at that time was to promote what was still controversial at the time Aged expansion of only red wines. In the general meeting in January 2019, a new board with Marco Göbel and Marius Meyer was elected. A realignment was decided at the annual general meeting in June 2019. The suffix "Barrique" was deleted, the association now appears as "FORUM PFALZ eV - The small circle for great wines". Another major change is the approval of white wines.
The comprehensive realignment also includes a reorganization of the member companies. A four-level classification was introduced. The wine assortment of all members will in future be standardized in "regional wines" (dry to sweet; down-to-earth), "local wines" (dry and terroir embossed ), "Vineyard wines" (expressive and origin marked ) and "great wines" (outstanding and durable). All companies should be converted in three years at the latest (2022). There are new regulations for the expansion of red and white wines. For the respective quality levels varieties, maximum hectare earnings and residual sugar established.
The BIG WINES reflect the individual handwriting of each company and represent a "wine of international format". The strict quality criteria are yield regulation, exclusive hand picking and selected grape varieties. The selection process for awarding one takes place in three stages. Before the harvest, the vineyards are visited and evaluated. After vinification, the wine is considered barrel tasting tasted and rated. If he has reached the optimal maturity, he will be in one again blank tasted and evaluated again. The ratings of all three levels result in the overall grade and thus the award as BIG WINE.
For the red wines, the varieties Pinot Noir ( 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 of residual sugar. The varieties are for the white wines 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 of residual sugar. For Pinot Noir and Riesling, the grapes must come from one Single Location come.
In an annual blind tasting the wines will then be rated by the members of the forum and the best will be recognized as the "GREAT WINES" of the year. There are various activities and events related to wine. This is the selection and presentation of the collection of great wines, annual presentation in the Dürkheimer barrel “, Joint appearances at the international wine fair ProWein in Düsseldorf and culinary wine evenings in the Palatinate top gastronomy. In addition, international comparative wine tastings, internal barrel tastings and excursions are also carried out.
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