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These are the criteria that have determined the Wein-Plus wine guide since the beginning, and they still apply today. By now, more than 228.909 users have registered with the platform, making Wein-Plus one of the most widely read wine media in Europe.
In contrast to all other wine guides, we do not stop working at the country’s borders. Wein-Plus is the first and so far the only professional wine guide that tastes wines from all regions in Europe, applying the same tasting and quality standards to all the wines. This means that you, the reader of the wine guide, are able to compare wines with each other.
The Wein-Plus wine guide currently lists more than 6.659 classified wine producers, showing professional descriptions and ratings of 121.378 wines. It is updated virtually on a daily basis, and is based on the strict tasting guidelines as well as the consequent use of the opportunities afforded by the 100-point rating scale. The strict and differentiated ratings make the Wein-Plus wine guide one of the most relevant wine guides available. Many wine friends, merchants, restaurant owners and journalists are guided in their own selection of wines by our professional tasters, and value the neutrality and topicality, which is not offered by any other wine guide in this form.
As a member of Wein-Plus you have unrestricted access at all times to all the wine descriptions and ratings. Non-members can only view the complete wine ratings if the wine producer concerned is itself a member of Wein-Plus. By tying this service to membership, we are able to keep our pages very largely free of advertising, and in this manner to retain the greatest degree of independence possible. This is the only way we know to live up to our promise of providing an incorruptible, independent, strict and professional wine guide.
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EXCEPTION: The only exception to the abovementioned rules is made in the case of older wines, often particularly valuable or rarities, which we frequently taste and drink at appropriate events, or on other occasions. In these cases it is not always possible to organize a blind tasting. Nevertheless, we would like to share tasting notes and ratings gained at such events with you. Even in this case we ensure that the conditions for a serious assessment are adhered to as far as possible. Please bear with us that we will only publish a few of such one-off wines that we come across in this guide. Even we prefer to drink exceptional wines, even more than to write about them.
How are wines tasted? Who are the people behind the wine guide, and what do they look like? In a 12-minute video you can find out more about our work, and about the route a wine takes from the producer right up to the entry in our wine guide. Enjoy!
Note: at the time we were still speaking of wine guides (plural), as we had a separate guide for each country. Today all the wines are listed in the single Wein-Plus Wine guide, and you can filter wines by country, growing region and many other criteria, in order to optimize the search in accordance with your own interests.
"We would like to congratulate you and your team most sincerely for this incredibly professional and well organized online platform. Your highly professional descriptions are practically without equal, and the perfect customer service is simply sensational. We are also very pleased that the quality-driven work of our young cellar master Johannes Gross, a son of the owner, is recognized and honoured. That provides us with tremendous motivation, and we will continue on our path, in our endeavour to produce the best wines in -Styria."
Gross wine estate (Austria)
Wetterkreuz 19, 91058 Erlangen, Germany