Germany’s Coolest Wines – German Wine Institute Competition during PROWEIN

The winery Hörner, which means horns in English, made fun of their own name. The Rosé was the only amoung the nominated 20 coolest wines of Germany a competition initiated by the German Wine Institute during PROWEIN. A total of 385 wines had participated at the competition which got a lot of press attention and sharing in the social media.

The winemaker Tommy Hörner coming from the established winery Hainbachhof in the Palatine region. Using the family name to create wines after his gusto he has choosen to promote his wine in three category of horns. The simply shaped bull horn represents the baseline, which also includes our selected rosé. According to the winemaker a great wine. And therefore he has choosen a provocative name “Horny”, which might be misunderstand in foreign countries.
The blend of Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Dorsa has just the right amount of aromas of intense red berries, cherries and gooseberries for us. The wine comes out pleasantly dry and with only 11.5 percent alcohol.
You can download the fact sheet here
You’ll find the at at a price of 7.00 Euro.

Sancerre Rosé LE RABAULT by Winemaker Catherine Corbeau Mellot

Sancerre is usually known in Germany for a fabulous white wine. And thats what the well known Domaine Joseph Mellot stands for. It has just won a 2018 Gold Medal for the outstanding La Grande Châtelaine 2015 by the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon. Our congratulations for this award.

Gold Medal Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2018 -La Grande Châtelaine 2015

Gold Medal Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2018 -La Grande Châtelaine 2015

500 years of winemaking is a really astonishing tradition. The historic family-owned wine estate is located in the Centre-Loire vineyards of Sancerre. It was founded in 1513.  Generations of the Mellot family have refined the art of making great wine. In the 17 century  César Mellot gained recognition as wine advisor to King Louis XIV known for his long reign and his lavish style at Versailles.

The Mellot family followed the career of  vigneron (grape owner and winemaker) as well as wine merchants. It the 1800s the family had her own Inn at Sancerre and in 1881 was granted  a licence to sell it wines troughout France and abroad.

In this tradition Mrs. Catherine Corbeau Mellot traveled as President of  the Domaine Joseph Mellot to PROWEIN as an ambassador for the Grands Vins of  Centre Loire region. Mrs. Mellot runs a 100 hectare company with various vineyards at several locations.  Since 2002 the winery “Le Sentier du Vin” was established to receive the grapes harvested in Quincy and Reuily. Menetou-salon, Côteaux de Giennois and Châteumeillant add to the diversity of the portfolio.

CEO Domaine Joseph Mellot - Catherine Corbeau Mellot

CEO Domaine Joseph Mellot – Catherine Corbeau Mellot

Mrs. Mellot is very active and initiated the creation of the Association of the Dames de Coeur de Loire part of the french wine women – a group of 30 women from 7 wineries with different functions.

So it was a nice surprise for me to meet Mrs. Catherine Corbeau Mellot and taste her Rosé. LE RABAULT is made from Pinot Noir.

oseph Mellot Sancerre Le Rabault 2018Bottled in a clear Burgundy bottle it has a clear luminous salmon-pink color that is characteristic of Pinot Noir rose wines.

The nose develops floral notes of rose and peony at first and the rasberry scents. There is is a fine full taste with a freshness at the end, giving it a lasting quality.
This wine is pleasant because of its freshness and delicate aromas. It is a good companion for a summer evening even in cooler countries. It does not need hot climate to convince with the freshness.

The winemaker suggests the wine is perfect with deli meat, white meats, exotic dishes and sweet/savory dishes. The ideal serving temperature is between 10° and 12°C.


You’ll get to Sancerre and the Domaine Joseph Mellot within 2 hours from Paris:

Fine Pinot Noir Rosé by Winery Kilian Hunn

Spätburgunder Rosé Kilian Hunn

Prowein 2018 – Kilian & Martina Hunn

At the Prowein we met the charming winemakers from Baden which have a very tasty Pinot Noir Rosé in their cellar.
The family business is run by Kilian Hunn and his wife Martina, a trained winemaker and former Baden Wine Queen. She is active in the woman-wine VINISSIMA network.
Since his early days as a teenager when he started with 16 to work in the cellar and the winyards Mr. Hunn is a passionate winemaker. “Open the bottle and enjoy” is the basic credo of their passion for good taste.
The vineyards are located on the Tuniberg Hill in Gottenheim.
You can visit as well their tavern:

contact details:
Weingut Kilian Hunn
Rathausstraße 2
D-79288 Gottenheim
Tel. +49-7665-6207
Fax. +49-7665-6223