On September 24, Germany crowned its 73rd annual German Wine Queen – Sina Erdrich from Baden – alongside two German Wine Princesses – Saskia Teucke from the Pfalz and Linda Trarbach from the Ahr.
24-year-old Erdrich prevailed against five competitors in an exciting two-hour final in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse. The decision didn’t come easy to the jury, and Erdrich was clearly surprised as she accepted her role as the new German Wine Queen, calling the competition “an emotional rollercoaster ride.”
Erdrich will reign as the German Wine Queen for a year, representing the German wine industry both domestically and internationally on behalf of the German Wine Institute (DWI). As the 73rd German Wine Queen, she will fulfill around 200 appointments in Germany and internationally, COVID permitting.
In the preliminary round, candidates participated in a blind taste test, identifying wines within 30 seconds, as well conducting an improvised interview to prove their natural expertise. The atmosphere intensified after the three finalists were chosen, as the trio answered more difficult questions.
Erdrich ultimately convinced the jury of her eloquence with a short speech on the subject of “My Challenge,” as the finalists recalled their greatest personal challenges and how they overcame them.
A New Beginning
Along with the two newly elected wine princesses, Erdrich accepted her crown from her predecessor, Eva Lanzerath, which was broadcasted live and in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 400.
Before she said goodbye, Lanzerath recalled her unusually difficult year as the 72nd German Wine Queen, due to both the pandemic and the flooding disaster in the Ahr, which was completely different from that of her predecessors. Lanzerath, who comes from the Ahr Valley, pointed out the situation is still very serious in her home region and continued her call for solidarity with the Ahr.
For more information about the German Wine Queen and Princesses, visit their homepage: www.deutscheweinkoenigin.de