–  For Christmas, are your loved ones wishing only for some snow and a bit of rest? If so, then of course Christmas gifts for them could be harmless classics like socks or pajamas; or for something a little more adventurous, perhaps a patterned tie or even a gift voucher. However - a truly special present reflects the character of the receiver as well as the style of the giver. That's why Austrian wine always makes a fabulous Christmas gift, especially for wine lovers and pleasure seekers. Read more

 –  This winter, Ski amadé and Austrian Wine Marketing (ÖWM) are launching the third initiative under the slogan "Austria's greatest ski paradise presents the best in Austrian wine", with the aim of promoting gourmet culture in the mountains. Ambitious ski hut landlords, who are connoisseurs of quality wines and thus offer a diverse range of high-quality Austrian wines, will be recognised and highlighted to customers. The es-tablishments undergo a certification process, which is subject to strict criteria. Expert ÖWM inspectors will award them the "Genusspartner" sign in recognition of achieving the required standards. Read more

 –  Over the past 20 years more than 600 Weinakademiker from 25 different countries have graduated from the Weinakademie Österreich. The alumni association “Club of Weinakademiker” has evolved into a vibrant international wine network and is a platform for continuing professional development. Read more

 –  The 2013 vintage was a tricky year for Austria’s winemakers. More recently it was the predictions for the small harvest, which at 2.25 million hectolitres is approximately seven percent less than the five year average. Before this, fluctuations in weather conditions caused vineyards to develop at varying stages. This left winemakers faced with the challenge of determining the optimal time of harvest and still achieving the desired amount of sugar in the berries. This also meant that the grapes had to be handled accordingly in the cellar. The harvest will be a slightly smaller one but the vintage is of highly satisfactory quality and is characterised by fruitiness and drinkability. Read more

 –  An exclusive Grüner Veltliner vertical tasting, “Austrian Monuments: Four Decades of Great Grüner Veltliner”, was attended by a select panel of journalists and wine experts at the renowned three star restaurant, Le Bernardin, in New York on October 23rd. Organised by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB), the tasting panel counted Jancis Robinson MW (Financial Times), David Schildknecht (The Wine Advocate), Aldo Sohm (Le Bernardin) and Terry Theise (Michael Skurnik Wines) among the specialists whose palates were won over by the 31 Austrian top wines spanning vintages from 1971 to 2011. These wines demonstrated the unique ability of Grüner Veltliner to produce world-class wines from both cool and warm vintages - underscoring yet again that the place of Austria's showcase variety amongst the international “noble grapes” is ensured. Read more

 –  Difficult weather conditions during the flowering period combined with a prolonged drought with consistently high temperatures during vegetation, will likely result in the fourth consecutive Austrian wineharvest with a below-average yield. A volume of 2.4 million hectoliters is expected for the 2013 harvest. But because high temperatures in July and August spurred a rapid ripening process, very ripe grapes – just like last year – are expected. The rainfall end of August came at just the right time for the smooth continuity of grape ripening. Read more

 –  Austrian wine is ready to be discovered - from the vineyards where the grapes ripen under the sun to the cellars of every winemaker. More than 2 million overnight stays of wine and culinary holiday makers are already recorded annually in the domestic tourism sector, and further growth is expected. To make the individual wine journeys in Austria's most beautiful wine regions even easier, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) launched on August 22nd the largest wine tourism platform in the country. Travel tips for every region - from the Weinviertel to Steiermark and along the Danube to the Neusiedler See - can be found at austrianwine.com under the category “Wine & Travel”. Read more

 –  The Wiener Gemischte Satz is one of Austria's most traditional wines. And over the last ten years, this special field blend has undergone a long-deserved renaissance, thanks to the strict quality policy and new cultivation regulations mainly pushed by the group of Viennese winemakers known as WienWein. The significance of Wiener Gemischter Satz as the showpiece of Vienna's wine sector combined with the strong desire for a protected designation of origin convinced the Regional Wine Committee of Vienna to apply for DAC (Districtus Austriae Controllatus) status for the wine. Once accepted and confirmed by the National Wine Committee, the official ordinance was signed by Federal Minister Nikolaus Berlakovich. With this, Wiener Gemischter Satz became Austria's ninth DAC designation of origin. The first Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC wines to be released are from the 2013 vintage. As a result of this new development, the number of Austrian DACs now surpasses that of the non-DAC regions – seven – whose wine origin profiles are still being worked on. Read more

 –  After a long period of negotiations, Austria's National Council approved, by necessary majority, the modifications to be made to the Agramarkt Austria law and the national wine law regarding wine marketing funding. The approvals were made at the beginning of July, on the last day of the current legislative period. Read more

 –  When the days are sunny and the evenings pleasantly mild, gardens are wafting with the scents of a barbeque, seducing the appetites of outdoor epicureans. Grilling is not only one of the gentlest ways of cooking delicious foods, but it's also an excellent reason for bringing good friends together. And wines to match make it all complete! For the grill-meister, there is a wide range of Austrian wines to highlight the occasion. Read more


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