Press Releases

 –  This year’s harvest – the earliest ever recorded – will exceed the previous year's volume, with the most recent data from Statistik Austria estimating about 3.2 million hectolitres! Growers are certainly pleased with the fine quality of the grapes, which could for the most part be harvested this year without much concern over potential diseases. Read more

 –  Der Sommer ist nun endgültig dem Herbst gewichen. Freunde von saisonalen kulinarischen Höhepunkten sind darüber nicht unglücklich, denn nun ist es Zeit für die köstlich-klassische Kombination von Wild und Wein. Im Idealfall stammt natürlich beides aus Österreich. Read more

 –  After years of behind-the-scenes preparation, the Austrian Sekt Gala on 22 October marks a new milestone in Austria’s Sekt history: the highest level of Austrian sparkling wine, Sekt g.U. Grosse Reserve, will be presented for the first time. With this, Austria will take its place conclusively among the ranks of top sparkling wine producers. Read more

 –  Der Jahrgang 2018 meint es gut mit Österreich und beglückt Freunde frischer, beschwingter Weine so früh wie selten. In Form des „Jungen Österreichers“ warten die ersten Weine des Jahrgangs bereits darauf, allerorts unkomplizierte Gaumenfreude zu verbreiten. Read more

 –  From 11–15 March 2019, the prestigious world championship of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (A.S.I.) will be held in Antwerp, where Austrian wines will be leading the way. Read more

 –  ‘For the most part, Austria’s grapevines were able to withstand the enormous heat and lack of moisture that characterised the 2018 vegetation cycle. So we have a very early and very ripe vintage on our hands, one in which persistently high temperatures have led to consistently higher levels of alcohol and lower levels of acidity. Volume will in any event be just above average: we are looking forward to a harvest in the magnitude of some 2.6 million hectolitres’, declared Viticultural Association president Johannes Schmuckenschlager, in reference to the 2018 vintage, which will now reach its climax with one of the earliest harvests in decades. Read more

 –  Die diesjährigen Wetterbedingungen führten zu einem frühen Lesestart. Rund zwei Wochen eher als gewohnt kann somit Österreichs letztes echtes Saisonprodukt verkostet werden: der Sturm! Read more

 –  A great honour for Austria: for the first time in its history, the highly respected Court of Master Sommeliers will conduct its examination for membership outside the UK or the US – and nowhere else but in Austria! The Master Sommelier Diploma, which will be awarded at Klosterneuburg Abbey in August, is considered the highest honour to which a sommelier can aspire. Read more

 –  Nichts geht über einen guten G’spritzten! Im perfekten Verhältnis ausschließlich aus Wasser und Wein aus Österreich gemischt, ist er der beste Balsam für hitzegeschundene Seelen und unumstößlicher österreichischer Identitätsstifter. Über zeitgeistige Behübschungsversuche kann er daher nur milde lächeln. Read more

 –  Südsteiermark DAC | Vulkanland Steiermark DAC | Weststeiermark DAC On Monday 2 July 2018, representatives of the Regional Wine Committee and Wein Steiermark (Styria) held a historic press conference, one that would herald a new era in the annals of Styrian wine. According to the announcement, the Steiermark will be inaugurating a new system of origins with the 2018 vintage. Corresponding to the three Styrian winegrowing regions, this system will be arranged as Südsteiermark DAC, Vulkanland Steiermark DAC and Weststeiermark DAC Read more