Press Releases 2004

 –  The weather conditions of 2004 have caused some additional work for Austrian wine producers, both in the vineyards and in the cellar. The wines of this vintage will carry the producer’s stamp more than in other years, expression of viticultural variety and vinicultural expertise. Already now, the 2004 shows as an elegant, classic year with fruit and fine aromas: typically Austrian. Read more

 –  London’s fashionable Groucho Club is becoming an important place for Austrian wines. Already in 2002, a celebrated blind tasting pitched great Grüner Veltliner and Chardonnay against some of the world’s top Chardonnays, with the stunning result that Austria’s national varietal swept the board. On 11 October, 2004, the experiment was repeated, this time with Riesling. Read more

 –  At the invitation of the Republic of Austria and to celebrate the 120-year anniversary of Austrian Wine Growers’ Association, the “Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin” (OIV) was holding its XXVIII world-wide congress from 4 to 9 July in the Vienna Hofburg. 450 decision makers from around the world, politicians, scientists, and others in the wine business, participated in the five-day congress “Vine and Wine – Changes and Sustainability”. The Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWM) made use of this opportunity to present Austria internationally as an innovative and modern wine country. Read more

 –  It may be a legend that Austria is the home of the Riesling grape, but the quality of the country’s modern Rieslings is beyond doubt. On the occasion of the VieVinum wine fair held in Vienna in June 2004, the Swedish wine dealer Jan-Erik Paulson once more held an international blind tasting for a select panel of experts. “The Best Dry Rieslings from Around the World from the Vintages 2001 and 2002” was the theme of the tasting at the Korso restaurant at the Hotel Bristol. Read more

 –  Austria’s wine producers celebrate another success. Read more

 –  The Master of Wine qualification is internationally recognized as the highest level of educational achievement for the wine industry. Austria is now the fourth country after Great Britain, USA, and Australia to offer this prestigious education programme, thus confirming the Austrian Wine Academy’s (AWA) role as continental Europe’s leader in wine education. The Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) expects this to enhance domestic branch competence and image. Read more

 –  There was little time for gentle spring sentiments at the beginning of last year’s warm season. Already a week after Easter an early heat wave swept over the country, and except for a cool week each during May and August, four searingly hot months followed. Hail storms in mid-May, which devastated parts of the Vienna vineyards and reduced yields there drastically, were the only negative aspects of an otherwise highly promising early growing season, with good and easy blossoming in dry and warm conditions. Read more

 –  Germany is Austria’s most important export market for wine. During the past year, some 45 million litres, 60% of total exports, were delivered to the neighbouring country. Especially the demand for high-quality wines from Austria is rising. Read more