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Tasting according to the strictest rules

Tasting and editorial director Marcus Hofschuster has an outstanding reputation as a conscientious and incorruptible wine critic. He tastes wines from all regions of Europefor wein.plus , and always according to identical quality and tasting standards.

Currently wein.plus 2,181 classified wineries with professional descriptions and ratings of wines 150,592 Wines are published. Producers and wines are updated and added to every working day.

The ratings of wein.plus are among the most reliable in the industry. They are comprehensible and repeatable

Our rules:

  1. Every wine is exclusively tasted blind. During the evaluation, the taster never knows which wine from which producer is in the glass.
  2. All wines are tasted in a neutral tasting room in Erlangen to minimise distracting influences. In contrast to other wine guides, wein.plus completely excludes the evaluation of wines at trade fairs or at the producer's premises.
  3. To secure the ratings, regular counter-tastings take place in which wines are tasted that have already been tasted before.
  4. There are only so many tastings per day that plenty of time and quiet can be guaranteed for each individual wine. Very many wines are also tasted at least twice in order to also take into account their development in the air.
  5. All tasters have many years of experience and taste full-time.

Why we award fewer points than other tasters

In recent years, we have observed an upward shift in point scores throughout the wine industry and tasting media. Wines that used to be rated at 85 points would now tend to get 90 points and more.

We, on the other hand, continue to use the original, stricter grading, which allows for much better differentiation. That is why at wein.plus the recommendable wines already start at 80 WP.

The classification of the producers

One of the best producers in the world

Year after year, the wines from these wineries are among the absolute best of their kind and are virtually unrivalled at the top - regardless of vintage fluctuations. But even the simpler growths are almost without exception excellent. There are practically no weaknesses, and even mediocre wines hardly ever occur.

One of the best producers in the country

Producer of first-class wines, which are usually among the best of their kind, even in international comparison. Mediocre wines are very rare, real weaknesses hardly ever occur. Even in difficult years, first-class qualities are regularly produced here.

One of the best producers in the region

The wines maintain a consistently high level and are among the best in their respective categories in the area. There are hardly any weaknesses, but they can occur in problematic vintages. However, these must be compensated for in good years with particularly convincing ranges so that a winery can maintain its status. Basically, you can buy blind here.

Good producer

The qualities can fluctuate here, but as a rule, good to very good wines come from two-star producers for which it is well worth looking out.

Producer of simple wines

Ideally, the wines here are clean, drinkable and inexpensive, but rarely meet higher standards. Major weaknesses can occur.

Our drinking recommendations

Each wine rating contains a prognosis about the best drinking period under normal storage conditions. However, many wines remain in good shape even beyond this period. We just do not want to guarantee that they will continue to develop positively. Especially with ideal storage, however, the period of development can be significantly prolonged.

Our favorite wine

In contrast to the point rating, which is supposed to represent the actual quality of a wine as neutrally and objectively as possible, the "favorite wine" is a completely subjective award for the wines that taste best to us personally.

favorite wine are the finest and most interesting wines for us in their style, category and price range. We would also buy them for ourselves at any time.

To the favorite wine

Grading according to the 100-point system

wein.plus scores according to the internationally accepted 100-point system, which is borrowed from the American school grading system. We use the abbreviation WP = wein.plus-pointsin our scoring system.

What our scores mean

100 WP unique

Wines that can only be made differently, but not better.

95-99 WP great

World-class wines whose depth, complexity, character and expressiveness give an unforgettable, sensual experience.

90-94 WP excellent

First-class wines that are among the best of their kind. They are characterised by purity, harmony, depth and character.

85-89 WP very good

Remarkable wines with personality, expression and already some complexity and depth. They deserve the attention of every wine lover.

80-84 WP good

Clean, harmonious, at best typical wines.

75-79 WP passable

70-74 WP weak

60-69 WP insufficient

50-59 WP unacceptable

Tasting team

Marcus Hofschuster

is tasting and editorial manager at wein.plus.

Already as a teenager, he began to deal intensively with the subject of wine. In the following decades, he acquired profound knowledge of the world of wine through travel and countless tastings.

During his time as a wine merchant in Schwabach and Nuremberg, he came up with the idea of a comprehensive guide to the best German and international growths, which he put into practice in 1999: he gave up the wine trade and has since devoted himself exclusively to tastings at wein.plus, which he has made into a firm authority in European wine criticism in over 20 years.

With his strict evaluation system, his thorough and uncompromising tasting practice and his incorruptibility, Marcus Hofschuster sets standards for serious tasting in terms of actual wine quality.

Kim Schreiber

was born in Nuremberg and grew up in Eckental-Eschenau in Middle Franconia. As a trained hotel manager and sommelier, she worked in various Bavarian hotels and top restaurants, including Vue Maximilian, Tantris and Rilano No.6 in Munich. More

Voices of our members

wein.plus contains the most comprehensive wine and tasting database in the German-speaking world. The quantity and quality of the tasting notes are convincing.

Robert Haller
Bürgerspital, Würzburg (Franconia)

We appreciate the independent and objective reviews of wein.plus. Marcus Hofschuster has a very profound knowledge of wine. Moreover, wein.plus contributes to spreading wine culture and wine understanding.

Alex Ferrigato
Schreckbichl Winery, Girlan (South Tyrol)

I only send my wines to wein.plus because I think you are realistic and fair.

Adam Hulbert
Winery Hulbert, Eltville (Rheingau)

You can agree or disagree with the subjective opinion of Marcus Hofschuster: What is certain is that for years a trained tongue has been directing the scoring, which makes it comparable and congruent.

Florian Lauer
Peter Lauer Winery, Ayl (Mosel)

Marcus Hofschuster tastes critically, but always fairly. We greatly appreciate his impartiality and curiosity - he is open to wines that do not fit into a common scheme.

Helena Lageder
Alois Lageder Winery, Margreid an der Weinstraße (South Tyrol)

For us, the objective evaluation of our wines is in the foreground. We place our complete trust in wein.plus and Marcus Hofschuster. We know that our wines are tasted blind. In addition, we can taste them several times in order to follow their development. The results are credible, transparent and independent.

Winery Münzberg - Gunter Keßler
Landau-Godramstein (Palatinate)

At wein.plus I am impressed by the precision of the tasting. I will gladly send in wines again and hope that I can persuade other Swiss winegrowers to join wein.plus.

Martin Donatsch
Donatsch Winery, Malans (Switzerland)

I find the tastings with Sam Hofschuster and his charming colleague extremely instructive, exciting and entertaining. They offer me good help with my purchases. What I find great is that all the wines are not tasted at the vintner's, but over several days in Erlangen, and that the tasters don't know from which vintner they have wine in their glass at the moment. Great compliment!

Jürgen Jüttermann

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