Press Releases 2005

 –  Wine journalists impressed with the AWMB’s PR strategy Read more

 –  This difficult vintage began with a slow, irregular blossoming in Spring, when cold periods caused early decimation of upstart grapes. Summer, refusing to live up to its name, provided little reprieve. Nevertheless, ripening was satisfactory. Read more

 –  Riesling from the Kamptal and Burgenland red wines capture “International Trophies”. Read more

 –  Ever wondered what the terms "peppery fruit" and "mineral finish" meant when describing a typical Grüner Veltliner? Read more

 –  Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate” is recognized as the most important and influential wine publication in the world. In his current online edition 260 Austrian wines from the current vintage are assessed. The results: outstanding! Read more

 –  Austria´s wine industry has undergone a highly impressive turnaround over the last two decades. The strictest wine law in the world, together with an innovative generation of winemakers, has established for Austrian wine a strong position in the home market as well as the highest export figures in decades. This development is highly acknowleged around the world – to the point that Austria actually has become the envy of many other wine countries. In fact, Austria is indeed one of the most innovative and dynamic wine countries anywhere. Read more

 –  Preliminary export figures for 2004, published recently by Statistik Austria, revealed that the total volume and value of Austrian wine exports have exceeded the estimates made by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board last December. According to the report, over 73 million liters of Austrian wine with a value of more than € 83 million were exported in 2004. Read more

 –  The very changeable year 2004 got off to a positive start – with plenty of precipitation. Especially in the eastern wine growing areas there was a lot of snow, and after the heat wave of 2003 the vines could recuperate under a white duvet. Unfortunately, the weather continued just as wet and cool, and budding was delayed considerably in some cases. Read more

 –  For wine as for everything else, knowledge is the basis of every qualitative decision. The internationally most widely recognized wine qualification is awarded by the Institute of Masters of Wine (IWM) in London after a training course lasting several years. In 2004, a contract of cooperation between the IWM and the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) made it possible to follow this course in Austria. The Austrian Wine Academy (AWA) coordinates the training and supervises 37 future Masters of Wine from around the world and their appreciation of Austrian wines. For the country’s wine industry, this is a significant investment in future recognition and export successes. Read more

 –  Austrian wine has defended its place nationally and internationally. “Strengthened by its high market share at home, we have been able to increase our exports massively, and that despite an indifferent economy and the strength of the Euro. Especially Austria’s red wines were very much appreciated abroad,” sums up Michael Thurner (general manager of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, AWBM) during the annual press conference of at the Sacher Hotel in Vienna. Read more