Press Releases 2014

 –  Under the motto “The Ski amadé Trilogy of Enjoyment: tasty regional specialities, Austrian wines and magnificent pistes”, selected mountain lodges and restaurants in Ski amadé from now on are offering typical local dishes made from regional products. These tasty regional specialities are complemented by Austrian wines. Read more

 –  Amidst the inspiring splendour of the Stift Klosterneuburg abbey, the new wine of the 2014 Austrian vintage was officially blessed by Abbot Primate and Provost Bernhard Backovsky on November 4th. The Taufwein, or blessed wine, was bestowed with the name Samtosha* by the recipients of the Austrian Bacchus Prize 2014, Herbert Prohaska and Regina Meij. Federal Minister Andrä Rupprechter, Regional member of the Niederösterreich provincial government Stephan Pernkopf, Austrian Winegrowers' Association President Johannes Schmuckenschlager, and the head of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, Willi Klinger, tasted the first glasses of the young wine, which was served by the national wine queen, Tanja I. Read more

 –  Difficult weather conditions, persistent rainfalls and fewer sunshine hours demanded scrupulous care and extensive work in the vineyards from Austria's winemakers this year, so that healthy and ripe grapes could be harvested. The wine grape volume will be once again below the long term average, but we can look forward to an Austrian 2014 vintage with fresh, very fruity and pleasantly drinkable wines. Read more

 –  It's young, fresh, fruity and so alive! The Junger Österreicher, Austria's most famous young wine brand, is once again in season, and offers tremendous diversity in the glasses of the Austrian wine scene. Read more

 –  Persistent rain and fewer hours of sunshine during the first weeks of September have left Austrian winemakers with even more work to do in the vineyards. The harvest volume estimate of 2.5 million hl made at the end of August can no longer be expected. Read more

 –  Beautiful weather during the flowering period and sufficient rainfall during the Summer months set the stage for very good results so far in 2014: after a number of small harvests, a total volume of 2.5 million hectoliters – somewhat higher than the long term average – is expected. Assuming that meticulous care was employed during the generally wet vegetation period over the last few weeks, beautiful and healthy grapes will ripen to an outstanding vintage overall. Read more

 –  DESPITE SMALLER HARVEST, AUSTRIA'S WINEMAKERS ACHIEVE ALL-TIME EXPORT REVENUE HIGH. - Austrian winemakers are looking back on 2013 as yet another successful export year. Just like in 2012, last year's harvest delivered a below-average quantity – but export revenues soared by 5% to 139 million euros. Also, because of the high share of bottled wine exports, an average export price of 3 euro/litre was reached for the first time ever. Contributing significantly to the record high export revenues were Scandinavia, United Kingdom and the Benelux countries as well as overseas markets including China. Additionally, with structural improvements made in the domestic wine sector, the number of exporting wineries continuously increased. Read more

 –  Fresh, fruity, light and animated. Or sparkling white, red or rosé with a fine perlage. That's what ideal Summer wines should be! Giving that holiday feeling on mild Summer evenings in the garden or on the terrace. And of course they make refreshing culinary companions to Summer dishes such as roasted chanterelles and an assortment of salads, antipasti and many more delightful classics. Read more

 –  Sustainability has been an important theme in agriculture for many years – and lately, it has been gaining stature in viticulture as well. Now the Austrian Winegrowers’ Association, after many years of groundwork, is making available to the Austrian wine sector an online tool which, for the time being, can be used by winemakers for self-assessment. In Winter 2014/2015, certification will also be possible. The online tool was presented for the first time on June 24th at the Austrian National Viticulture Day. Read more

 –  Expert jury reinforces the Austrian Quality Sparkling Wine category. At the end of June, SALON Österreich Wein again celebrated the 260 best wines from the biggest wine competition in Austria and awarded them the SALON Wein 2014 seal. Amongst them were ten SALON wines that were chosen via votes by sommeliers and experts from Austrian specialist wine magazines (the SALON Auserwählte), and 16 SALON winners (the SALON Sieger) selected through a blind tasting. The SALON winners are from individual grape variety categories and reflect more and more clearly defined origin and taste profiles in the Austrian wine growing regions. To support the rising sector of Austrian quality sparkling wine, there was this year, for the first time, a special submission procedure and an expert jury appointed for this category. All SALON winners and SALON selected wines were honored and given culinary accompaniment by the South Tyrolean star chef, Norbert Niederkofler, at the SALON gala dinner on June 24th in the Palais Coburg in Vienna. Read more