An excellent vintage from the historic vineyard that invented the Prädikat classification system of sweet German winesXenia Irwin MW, Wine Buyer Waitrose Cellar
A truly spectacular and historically significant story comes with this wine because, it's very first vintage was the first Spätlese ever created.
In 1775 monks worked the vines in on the estate. Each year before they could harvest, they would send a bunch of grapes, via messenger, to the town of Fulda for the Prince Abbot to approve.
This year however, the messenger was over 7 weeks late returning to Johannisberg with the permission to harvest letters, meaning the grapes were over ripe and infested with Noble Rot by the time they were harvested.
Not to be deterred the monks tried to make the wine despite this setback and surprisingly, without intending to do so, they created the best wine the vineyard had ever seen. Thus creating the world’s first Spätlese.