In what year was the first Spätlese (late-harvested) Riesling vintage in Germany?
According to Stephan Reinhardt's "The Finest Wines of Germany" the first generally recognized Spätlese vintage was in 1775, when Schloss Johannisberg picked late and made wine from the grapes that included rot. The results were so good that it didn't take long before Spätlese was recognized as a Riesling style in its own right.
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