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New reference work: "Wine in Austria: the History"

Austrian Wine Marketing Board managing director Willi Klinger introduced the book "Wine in Austria: the History" in Vienna today as the centrepiece of this year’s Austrian Wine Summit. For the first time an academically substantiated and comprehensive volume on the history of viticulture in Austria, from prehistoric times to the present day, will be available as of December this year. And there is an individual chapter devoted to the life and work of Dr Friedrich Zweigelt.

AWMB Managing Director Willi Klinger presents the book "Wine in Austria: The History"  © Austrian Wine/Sebastian Philipp
AWMB Managing Director Willi Klinger presents the book "Wine in Austria: The History" © Austrian Wine/Sebastian Philipp

Publication date in December

More than two and a half years of work went into creating the 500-page book, which was commissioned by Willi Klinger and came to fruition under the academic aegis of Professor Dr Karl Vocelka and scientific editing by Mag Michaela Vocelka, to be published by Brandstätter Verlag in December. Mr Klinger comments, with clear enthusiasm: “More than thirty authors worked to illuminate the long and rich history of Austrian wine in all its facets in this handsome volume. Grape varieties, cultivation and cellar techniques, the role of wine in religion and traditions, the emergence of the Austrian winegrowing regions and the successful developments after 1985 – these are just a few of the aspects that are examined. For the first time, an authoritative account of the historical and cultural significance of wine in Austria is available in this work.”

The first scholarly examination of Dr Friedrich Zweigelt’s career

The authors also addressed some of the challenging topics in Austria’s vinous history in detail, adhering to the strictest possible academic standards. In a dedicated chapter, for example, German journalist Dr Daniel Deckers examines the much-discussed career of Dr Friedrich Zweigelt (1888–1964); in the course of his meticulous research in various archives, Deckers encountered information that had not previously come to light. Mr Klinger sums it up: “With the presentation of Dr Daniel Deckers’s Zweigelt study, the AWMB makes an important contribution to the reappraisal of the topic and thus provides the political decision makers for the winegrowing sector with the basis for considering the further course of action, which can be determined in a subsequent step.”

An exclusive preview of the Zweigelt chapter can be found in the download area of this press release.

Austrian viticulture in the wake of 1918

Another essential chapter of the book is devoted to the influence upon viticulture exerted by the collapse of the Habsburg monarchy in 1918 and the new border demarcations established at the peace negotiations in the Paris suburbs in 1919. This extremely complex and multifaceted topic was examined in depth by co-editor Professor Dr Karl Vocelka and Mag Michaela Vocelka; their findings can also be read as a download at the end of this press release.

Presentation to some 200 international journalists

The book was introduced this morning by Willi Klinger at the start of a comprehensive conference on the history of Austrian wine. This symposium in Vienna is the centrepiece of the Austrian Wine Summit, which has been underway since 23 May. Under the heading Vineyard Interfaces in the Heart of Europe, 197 journalists from thirty-nine countries are travelling through Austria’s winegrowing regions at the invitation of the AWMB, focused on the development of the frontier regions following the border demarcations of 1919, and after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989.


Book: Wine in Austria: the History:

  • Publication date: December 2019
  • Published by Wilhelm Klinger, Mag. and Professor Dr Karl Vocelka
  • More than thirty authors
  • 500 pages
  • For the first time, an authoritative view of the development of viticulture in Austria from prehistoric times to the present, and the historical and cultural significance of wine in Austria, including:
    • The first scholarly examination of the career of Friedrich Zweigelt (1888–1964) by Dr Daniel Deckers
    • A chapter by Professor Dr and Mag Vocelka regarding the influence on viticulture exerted by the disintegration of the Habsburg monarchy in 1918 and the new border demarcations imposed by the peace negotiations of 1919 in suburban Paris.


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"Friedrich Zweigelt as reflected by contemporary sources", Dr. Daniel Deckers

"The impact of the collapse of the Habsburg Monarchy", Mag Michaela and Prof Dr Karl Vocelka


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