Press Releases 2008

 –  Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without some of the mainstay dishes that symbolize the day itself: turkey, giblet stuffing and gravy, cranberries and sweet potatoes, to name a few. But, while their flavors are inimitable, these foods are not necessarily easy to accommodate when it comes to finding their ideal matching wines – especially when served altogether at the same meal. Read more

 –  For the 7th, completely revised edition of Robert Parker's perennially best-selling Wine Buyer's Guide, the entire six-headed team of the Wine Advocate was mobilized in order to generate for the most part entirely new text. Read more

 –  Position further recognises Schuller’s contribution to international wine education and strengthens Austria ’s position in the global wine industry. Read more

 –  S4C, short for Sommeliers for Consumers, is the world’s only sommelier tasting council uniting 14 of the world’s greatest sommeliers, amongst whom Gérard Basset, Master Sommelier & Master of Wine, Olivier Poussier, Best Sommelier of the World 2000, Markus del Monego, Best Sommelier of the World 1998, and Isa Bal, Best Sommelier of Europe 2008, to cite but four of the prestigious S4C tasting panel members. The mutual purpose of the S4C council is to provide producers and consumers with an objective reference point regarding wines, spirits and other beverages. Read more

 –  The American publication "Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate" is one of the most important wine magazines in the world. Every year, countless wine-growing regions and winemakers around the globe feverishly await the ratings of their wines by this influential medium. In the current online issue, the ratings of Austrian wines from the 2006 vintage (and occasional older vintages as well) are given through the publication’s standard 100-point system. Especially exciting for Austria: 216 of the more than 500 wines tasted were rated with 90 or more points - achieving "outstanding" status; 8 wines even merited "extraordinary" status (96 or more points). Read more

 –  The European Academy of Wine Education (EAWE) recently held its first Conference in Rust, Austria. The Austrian Wine Academy, a founding member of EAWE hosted this first European Conference for Wine Education. Educators from 16 countries met and discussed issues of international relevance in the field of wine education. This conference marked the beginning of an international network of exchange and cooperation amongst wine educators from all over Europe. Read more

 –  For Austrian Wine, 2007 appears to be the most successful export year ever. At the end of December, it was estimated that total exports for 2007 would be at 51 million litres with a value of € 93 million. Now, the actual figures are much higher: according to Statistik Austria, total exports for 2007 were 56 million litres with a sensational total value of more than €105 million. A key factor for these impressive results is because of the strong value increase of more than 30% in high value bottled wine exports. Read more

 –  After the first tastings of the young 2007 vintage wines, the faces of the winemakers and professional tasters throughout Austria’s wine-growing areas expressed strong satisfaction about the high level of quality achieved. And those faces were much brighter than they were at harvest time, when the results - from good to outstanding - couldn’t even be hoped for, due to the difficult summer and autumn weather conditions. In general, those somewhat extreme weather capers are not reflected in the wines, which are quite balanced. In fact, there are no extremes in the picture. And, another major plus-point is that, after three years of below-average quantities, a “normal harvest” could once again be achieved. Read more

 –  Agreements reached for EU Wine Market Reforms Promotes Further Quality Improvement Programmes in Austria. Austria’s wine sector enjoyed a successful economic year in 2007. The domestic wine-growing policy made important gains on the EU level, and was able to secure an additional € 20 Million from the EU coffers for quality improvement measures. While Austrian wine maintained its domestic dominance, wine export revenues reached a historical high because of the continuous increase in bottled wine exports. Also, the dac family is happy that the Kremstal is now the first wine-growing area along the Danube river with dac appellation status. Read more