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German dry Riesling: Panel tasting results

This quality-focused category of wines from Germany’s highly reputed VDP vineyard sites offers so much to explore and enjoy – if you’ve yet to discover it, take our expert judges’ advice on where to start your journey.

Caro Maurer MW, Mark Dearing and Stefan Neumann tasted 74 wines with 8 Outstanding and 31 Highly recommended.

German dry Riesling: Panel tasting scores

74 wines tasted

Exceptional 0

Outstanding 8

Highly recommended 31

Recommended 26

Commended 8

Fair 1

Poor 0


Entry criteria: producer-members of the VDP organisation and UK agents were invited to submit their latest-release, dry Grosses Gewächs Riesling wines from any German region.


Riesling acts as a kind of medium: a mediator between origin and grape variety. In the best examples, the delicate Riesling aromas bear witness to the terroir within which each wine is produced – and also to the vintage, as was shown in this panel tasting, which featured a constellation of Grosses Gewächs (‘GG’) Riesling wines of varying styles.


Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores from the German dry Riesling panel tasting



German dry Riesling panel tasting scores


The judges

Caro Maurer MW is a German wine writer and WSET- and MW-level educator. A DWWA Regional Chair, she also contributes to Bonn’s daily newspaper General-Anzeiger and food and wine magazine Der Feinschmecker.

Mark Dearing is a wine buyer for London-based merchant and importer Justerini & Brooks, where his responsibilities include Germany as well as several other major wine nations and regions.

Stefann Neumann is an independent Master Sommelier who runs his own wine consultancy. A DWWA Regional Chair, he has many years of experience working in the world of Michelin-starred restaurants, and in 2023 launched an online blind tasting course to help students pass their wine exams.


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