A Concert of Old World and New World Riesling
Launched in 1999, Eroica is a labor of love for two of the world’s great Riesling producers. One from the Old World, Dr. Loosen estate of Germany, and the other from the New World, Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state. It’s an intermingling of Old World and New World philosophy and technique to craft an extraordinary Riesling from Washington state grapes. Named for Beethoven’s Third Symphony, Eroica reflects not only its variety and site, but also its heritage: bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and refined from German inspiration.
Chateau Ste. Michelle has championed Riesling for more than 40 years and was among the first to plant Riesling in Washington state. Ste. Michelle catapulted into the national spotlight when our 1972 Johannisberg Riesling won the now-famous Riesling blind tasting sponsored by the Los Angeles Times in 1974. Today, Chateau Ste. Michelle offers up to seven different Rieslings, each showcasing the versatility of Riesling and the regional styles within Washington’s Columbia Valley, which produces more Riesling than any other American wine region.
The Dr. Loosen Estate in the Mosel Valley has produced fine Riesling for over two centuries. During the last two decades, proprietor Ernst Loosen has traveled the world promoting the fine quality and long tradition of Riesling as a great wine in Europe, and now the New World. In 1999, Ernst Loosen approached Chateau Ste Michelle with the idea of joining forces after discovering the winery’s Cold Creek Riesling.
Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen Estate hosted the third Riesling Rendezvous, a gathering of the world's great Riesling producers, on July 11-13, 2010. For information on future Riesling Rendezvous events, visit www.rieslingrendezvous.com