Giesen Wines has been recognised as New Zealand’s undisputed champion of Riesling with its seventh consecutive listing in the New World Top 50 – making it the winemaker with most awarded wine variety in the competition’s history.

Giesen Riesling has been awarded New World Top 50 status for seven years. Giesen set the record in 2017 when its Giesen Estate Riesling was the first wine to win five consecutive Gold Medals at the New World Wine Awards. Giesen Estate Riesling has held New World Top 50 and Gold Medal status in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. For the first time last year Giesen Gemstone Riesling received a New World Gold Medal and was listed in the New World Top 50.

In its 17th year, New World Wine Awards were judged by a panel of 17 independent wine experts, headed by Chair of Judges Jim Harré. Entries were evaluated using the same 100-point scale as other wine competitions worldwide, which benchmarks entries against what a perfect wine should be like. This year, Giesen Estate Riesling was recognised from 1,274 entries submitted by 176 wineries from New Zealand and overseas. It’s available in New World stores nationwide for the next five weeks.

Giesen has a quality Riesling pedigree. Founders Theo, Alex and Marcel Giesen drew upon their German heritage to create Estate Riesling which they have made since their first vintage in 1984. Giesen Estate Riesling has become a favourite with Kiwis, being the largest selling Riesling in New Zealand. As well as the New World accolades it has won multiple trophies, including most recently; Champion Riesling Trophy and Champion Open White Wine Trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016.

Giesen Chief Winemaker and four-time winner of NZ Winemaker of the Year, Nikolai St George is proud of Giesen’s Riesling portfolio.

“Giesen has a wonderful focus and commitment to Riesling. We punch well above our weight and sell more Riesling in New Zealand than any other producer. We’ve been making Riesling since the brothers’ first vintage from Canterbury in 1984 and over the years we’ve created an extensive Riesling portfolio with multiple styles and regions.”

“Riesling is a great way of introducing people to wine. We’re discovering our Riesling – particularly Giesen Estate Riesling – is finding favour with younger drinkers who enjoy the aromatics and slighter sweeter style. That’s one of the wonderful things about Riesling, there are so many styles making it a wonderful variety for wine lovers to explore and enjoy.”



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