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For most of our readers, fruit and honey wines are likely to evoke memories of school parties at best and are hardly considered a serious alternative to wine made from grapes today. The Hessian national drink Äppelwoi, the French cider or the British cider as well as their relatives are also more likely to compete with beer in most cases.

The situation is perhaps somewhat different with sparkling wines. Many a bottle-fermented sparkling cider from dedicated producers is in no way inferior to even high-quality classic sparkling wines and has also made a name for itself in the circles of discerning connoisseurs.

When we received enquiries over the course of last year as to whether we would also be tasting fruit wines or mead, we were initially rather sceptical as to whether we should get involved with the subject. But the requests piled up and gradually some sample packages also arrived in the editorial office.