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Press Releases 2018

 –  AWMB Managing Director Wilhelm Klinger will be leaving his office effective 31.12.2019, thus initiating a generational change in leadership at the Austrian Wine Marketing Board. Read more

A picture shows two women in the snow with wine, © Ski amadé.

 –  For many years now, Austria's largest ski alliance, Ski amadé, has been proud to offer outstanding culinary programmes. Focus is always placed on the regional products of local farmers, with special attention paid to wine. With their new gourmet skiing routes, one can now set off to enjoy the distinctive culinary highlights of each individual region. Read more

A picture shows two hands harvesting a white grape, example illustration © AWMB/Committee Kamptal.
Example illustration of a wine harvest, © AWMB/Committee Kamptal

 –  Four new white wine varieties are now permitted for Qualitätswein (quality wine) in Austria, via a collective amendment to Austrian wine law. Three of these are fungus-resistant new crossings known as PIWIs*. Read more

A picture shows a vineyard in autumn, © AWMB/Armin Faber.
© AWMB/Armin Faber

 –  This year’s harvest – the earliest ever recorded – will exceed the previous year's volume, with the most recent data from Statistik Austria estimating about 3.2 million hectolitres! Growers are certainly pleased with the fine quality of the grapes, which could for the most part be harvested this year without much concern over potential diseases. Read more

 –  After years of behind-the-scenes preparation, the Austrian Sekt Gala on 22 October marks a new milestone in Austria’s Sekt history: the highest level of Austrian sparkling wine, Sekt g.U. Grosse Reserve, will be presented for the first time. With this, Austria will take its place conclusively among the ranks of top sparkling wine producers. Read more

 –  From 11–15 March 2019, the prestigious world championship of the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (A.S.I.) will be held in Antwerp, where Austrian wines will be leading the way. Read more

 –  ‘For the most part, Austria’s grapevines were able to withstand the enormous heat and lack of moisture that characterised the 2018 vegetation cycle. So we have a very early and very ripe vintage on our hands, one in which persistently high temperatures have led to consistently higher levels of alcohol and lower levels of acidity. Volume will in any event be just above average: we are looking forward to a harvest in the magnitude of some 2.6 million hectolitres’, declared Viticultural Association president Johannes Schmuckenschlager, in reference to the 2018 vintage, which will now reach its climax with one of the earliest harvests in decades. Read more

 –  A great honour for Austria: for the first time in its history, the highly respected Court of Master Sommeliers will conduct its examination for membership outside the UK or the US – and nowhere else but in Austria! The Master Sommelier Diploma, which will be awarded at Klosterneuburg Abbey in August, is considered the highest honour to which a sommelier can aspire. Read more

 –  Südsteiermark DAC | Vulkanland Steiermark DAC | Weststeiermark DAC On Monday 2 July 2018, representatives of the Regional Wine Committee and Wein Steiermark (Styria) held a historic press conference, one that would herald a new era in the annals of Styrian wine. According to the announcement, the Steiermark will be inaugurating a new system of origins with the 2018 vintage. Corresponding to the three Styrian winegrowing regions, this system will be arranged as Südsteiermark DAC, Vulkanland Steiermark DAC and Weststeiermark DAC Read more

 –  From 9–11 June, Vienna’s Hofburg Palace once more became the pilgrimage destination for friends of Austrian wine, as well as for those individuals headed in that direction. 15,000 attendees from nearly fifty countries met up with some 550 Austrian winegrowers, augmented by the viticultural contingent from this year’s guest country Switzerland. The initial feedback from the international trade visitors, who came to VieVinum at the invitation of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB), bears witness to the unusually high esteem in which this (likely) loveliest wine fair in the world is held. Read more


Further press releases are available in German.

Press Release

Austrian Wine Marketing Board

Ms. Sabine Bauer-Wolf
Division Manager Communication

Mr. Georg Schullian
Head of Department Press, PR & Corporate Design

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