International Trophy for Pinot Noir

 ‘Wine grower Meyer-Näkel is one of the first purveyors of Pinot Noir in Germany….This is in anybody’s term a remarkable achievement. Ten years ago, even in Germany they would not have believed it possible to win an award like this.’ It’s a fantastic achievement for Germany to win a Pinot Noir Trophy. Imagine it – they have beaten Burgundy, New Zealand, Oregon – all the great acknowledged Pinot regions of the world.’ 2008 - Christelle Guibert

Dernauer Pfarrwingert Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs 2005

‘Soft, velvet fruit with a toasty aroma. Very secuctive fruit and overwhelming length. We could be in Burgundy.’
Decanter Wine magazine 2008

Collection of the year 2008

With his collection 2005, Werner Näkel presented a red wine series almost without competition in all of Germany. The qualities, in both cuvées and premium site wines, are indeed compelling and belong to the best that the estate has ever presented. Despite the concentration, density and depth, this splendourful ‘Burgunder’ retains a finesse and an animating freshness, that one finds very rarely in this area today… Once more, the wine estate Meyer Näkel sets the benchmark for German Spätburgunder.“ 2008- - Internet wine guide

Winegrower of the year 2004

‘Hardly anyone in Germany has had a stronger effect on the production of high-quality red wines in Germany than Werner Näkel, whom we proclaim, to a certain extent, for the work of his lifetime to ‘Winegrower of the year 2004’… The authority of the German red wine miracle of the 90's made the Spätburgunder from the Ahr valley internationally respectable. Meanwhile, his wines, which this globetrotter produces in South Africa and Portugal, excite attention.’
Gault Millau 2004 – Wine Guide Germany

Collection of the year 2003

‘Once again, Werner Näkel has produced the most complex and expressive Spätburgunder and Frűhburgunder of the region in 2001 …., there are hardly more impressing red wines in the country.’ 2003 - Internet wine guide 

Best German red wine 2002

‘Ranking at the top is a magnificent 1999 Auslese from the Kräuterberg site in Walporzheim. This wine with its beguiling smell of cassis and hazelnut chocolate, its smoky and full body, left all competitors behind at the nationwide sampling for Germany’s best red wine and stood alone on the winner rostrum.’ 
Gault Millau 2002 – Wine guide Germany

Winegrower of the year 2001

‘The FEINSCHMECKER selected the red wine magician of the Ahr as ‘Winegrower of the year 2001’. A complement for his continuously outstanding wines.’ 
Der Feinschmecker magazine 11/2001