Press Releases 2016

Bild zeigt Weinstöcke und blauen Himmel in Traisental

 –  There is hardly any way that a wine harvest in Austria could have more variation to it than this year’s vintage. While in the Steiermark and Burgenland, harvest shortfalls from 50 to 80 per cent due to late frost at the end of April can be lamented, in large parts of Niederösterreich the yields were good, even above average. The combination of factors caused grape and bulk wine prices, especially Grüner Veltliner, to soar to unforeseen heights. This prompted the Ministry of Agriculture to raise the maximum yield per hectare by 20 per cent for the entire country, in order to bring a degree of stability to the market. The outstanding quality of the wines, characterised by particularly delicate fruit-driven aromatics and fresh acidity, is extremely gratifying. Read more

Bild zeigt Skipiste und 2 Personen mit Weinglas in der Hand

 –  The highest farmer’s market in the Alps, in Ski amadé, is expanding its product range. With its 760 kilometres of slopes, Ski amadé is not only the largest ski organisation in Austria, but also nothing can compare to its vast range of culinary options which it has on offer. 260 mountain huts and restaurants situated in the middle of the ski resorts serve everything which the skier’s heart desires from bread with bacon lard spread to trout fillets or roast beef. This is also always of the highest quality and now is not only available in the mountain huts, but also from the market stands in the ski resorts: the highest farmer’s market in the Alps is heading for its second season this winter – expanded and extended for a longer period of time. Read more

Bild zeigt Weinbaumuseum und Kulturzentrum „Cité du Vin“

 –  Bordeaux will soon be wearing red, white & red. Why is this? From 16–18 December, Austrian wine will be paying a visit to the brand-new Bordelais wine museum and culture centre ‘Cité du Vin’, presenting its many diverse shimmering facets. Wine tastings under the tutelage of two of the world’s best sommeliers, concerts on the theme of wine, and a talk about the unique nature of Austrian wine – together these provide a most attractive invitation for an exciting voyage to Austria’s wine country – in the middle of France! Read more

Bild zeigt zwei Gläser Rotwein mit Wild zur rechten Seite

 –  Herbstzeit ist Wildzeit. Österreichs junge, kräftige Rotweine des unterschätzten Jahrganges 2014 passen perfekt zu Wildfleischgerichten, die in diesen Wochen allerorten auf den Speisekarten zu finden sind. Read more

Bild zeigt die Verleihung des Bacchuspreises und mehrere Personen mit Weinglas in der Hand

 –  On 3rd November, the Esterházy baroque castle in Eisenstadt was the magnificent setting for the Austrian Wine Blessing to celebrate this year’s vintage, and it was officially blessed by Eisenstadt diocesan Bishop Ägidius J. Zsifkovics. The consecrational wine was a Grüner Veltliner from Burgenland, which was baptised “Xuntos”. As part of the ceremony, the coveted Bacchus Prize was awarded in both national and international categories. The 30 year anniversary of the founding of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board was a further special occasion for celebration. Read more

Bild zeigt den Sektbotschafter 2016 Dr. Ferdinand Maier

 –  The 22nd of October, the Day of Austrian Sekt, brought elegant sparkling wines out for a curtain call once more this year. The introduction of the three-tier quality pyramid for Austrian Sekt with Protected Designation of Origin (Sekt g.U.) manifests the effort of Austrian Sekt producers to communicate clear information to consumers purchasing Austrian Sekt g.U., concerning point of origin as well as a style of certified quality to be anticipated. Klassik, Reserve & Grosse Reserve (Grand Reserve) – among other aspects, these three categories indicate varying lengths of time spent maturing on the less but never come into competition with one another. The diversity of high-quality Sekt classified in the three categories can be, according to taste, served to perfectly match the most widely varied of occasions. Read more

Bild zeigt die ÖWM Geschaftsführung und Leiter der IHS-Studie

 –  Die Weinwirtschaft hat eine nicht unerhebliche Bedeutung für die Volkswirtschaft Österreichs. Um den oft unterschätzten Beitrag dieser Branche zur österreichischen Gesamtwirtschaft zu erheben, wurde von der Österreich Wein Marketing (ÖWM) eine wissenschaftliche Untersuchung beim Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS) in Auftrag gegeben. Mithilfe der vom IHS entwickelten Multiregionalen Input-Output-Analyse wurde die „Ökonomische Bedeutung der Weinwirtschaft für Österreich“ in Bezug auf Wertschöpfung, Arbeitsplätze und Steuereinnahmen abgeschätzt und quantifiziert. Read more

Bild zeigt Weinstöcke unter Blauen Himmel in Traiskirchen

 –  Due to devastating frost damage last spring, a small crop is expected. Read more

Bild zeigt G´Spritzter Sujets, darauf zu sehen ist eine Frau mit Weinglas

 –  Auch wenn er in Österreich sowieso zum Sommer gehört und eigentlich jeder weiß, wie er einzusetzen ist – hier kommt die Erinnerung: Der G‘spritzte ist ein prickelnd fescher Begleiter des Sommers. Ein Klassiker ist er, als Aperitif, unkomplizierter Speisenbegleiter oder leicht entspannendes Zwischendurchgetränk in allen Lebenslagen. Für den perfekten Genuss gilt es allerdings, ein paar Grundregeln zu beachten. Read more

Bild zeigt Weinexport Statistik 2016

 –  Following eight years of uninterrupted growth, Austria’s wine export revenues declined slightly for the first time in 2015. According to Statistik Austria, the wine exports 2015 amount to 48 million liters and 143 million €. This comes as no surprise to professionals, because the problematic 2014 vintage – and its reduced volume – did affect export statistics, even if the decrease in sales of 1.1% compared with 2014 turned out to be less than had been feared. Read more