Press Releases 2009

 –  Over the past year, Austrian wine was very successful despite the economic crisis. In fact, the growth that defined the previous few years continued in 2009, especially in the food retail trade. Read more

 –  For the third time, the international dessert wine competition Concorso internazionale di vini passiti was organized by the Accademia della muffa nobile – the Italian “Botrytis Academy” – and this year’s event proved outstandingly successful for Austria’s Burgenland sweet wines. Read more

 –  Good news from the USA ! The economy is growing again (+ 3% in the 3rd quarter). The restaurants are full, shoppers are willing to spend - and Austrian wine is going full speed ahead ! Read more

 –  It was a very hectic time in Austria’s vineyards during the last few weeks. The warm and sunny weather until the beginning of October brought healthy grapes with optimal ripeness and - thanks to the cool nights - perfectly preserved aromas and flavours. Once again, a high quality vintage can be expected, albeit this time with just a drop of bitterness: because of bad weather during the flowering period as well as widespread hailstorm damage, a lower harvest volume of – according Josef Pleil, president of the Austrian Viticulture Association – approximately 2.2 million hl or less is predicted. Read more

 –  It´s brand new on the market - a fabulous book on the genesis of wine. Wine Genesis features the unique photography of Peter Oberleitner. And Karl Mayer from the Teaching and Research Center for Viticulture and Horticulture Klosterneuburg (Lehr- and Forschungszentrum für Wein- und Obstbau Klosterneuburg) has authored the text. Read more

 –  Austrian wine has been holding its ground surprisingly well during these difficult economic times. In the first half of this year, the record level of export earnings achieved in the previous year remained practically unchanged (-1.8%). Also during the first half of 2009, an export volume increase of 10% was recorded. “We were anticipating this development because of the big harvest in 2008,” said Willi Klinger, general manager of Austrian Wine Marketing Board. “Also, the trend towards favourably priced wines during the economic crisis had been predicted.” Read more

 –  The London-based international Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW), which for several decades has been offering the world-renowned qualification and title of Master of Wine (MW), has announced that Roman Horvath, the managing director of Domäne Wachau, has successfully completed the Institute’s extensive programme and achieved the prestigious MW title. Horvath is the second Austrian to achieve the MW title and become a member of the Institute. There are only 280 Masters of Wine worldwide. Read more

 –  According to a decree issued on July 30th by the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, quality wines with regional typicity from the town of Eisenstadt and its surrounding area, including the communities of Jois and Winden, can be marketed under the Leithaberg dac designation as of September 1st, 2010. This means that an Austrian appellation will, for the first time, feature wines with regional typicity from both red and white grape varietals. Through Leithaberg dac, the terroir-influenced wines should gain stronger identities, broader recognition and prominence at home as well as internationally. Overall, the image of the entire Leithaberg wine-growing area should be elevated. Read more

 –  The Austrian wine sector stood for one thing during the second weekend in June: the Wine-Summit 2009. Every two years, more than 150 distinguished specialists in the international wine sector are invited to Austria by the Austrian Wine Marketing organisation in order to discover - through intensive guided tours - the latest developments in this country's red and white wine growing areas. Read more

 –  Austria’s diverse array of wines has made this country a genuine wine world treasure. The quality, the styles, the character and the expressions – they are truly individual. Read more

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