260 ski huts and slopeside restaurants bring epicurean delights to Austria's biggest scene for skiing fun, Ski amadé. This special week dedicated to skiing and the pleasures of wine is celebrating its tenth anniversary this season.
Recent successes in seminars and enthusiastic reportage in the world’s most highly regarded wine magazines prove beyond any doubt: wines from the Steiermark are no longer an insider tip, but have arrived in the international elite class.
„Ich freue mich jedes Jahr auf den kulinarischen Herbst mit seinen herrlichen Wildgerichten“, begrüßt Willi Klinger, Geschäftsführer der Österreich Wein Marketing GmbH (ÖWM), die startende Saison und empfiehlt dazu Weine aus Österreich. Neben klassischen Rotweinen harmonieren auch kräftige Weißweine und solche mit etwas Maischestandzeit wunderbar mit Kreationen aus der Wildküche. „Auch das reiche…
In der Alten Universität Graz wurde gestern der neue Weinjahrgang feierlich gesegnet. Der begehrte Bacchuspreis ging an die österreichische Krimiautorin Claudia Rossbacher und den Schweizer Gastronomen Markus Segmüller.
After last year’s earliest harvest in recorded history, picking this year commenced at the customary time. And the good weather that greeted the harvesters was particularly gratifying, since all the grapes could be brought in according to plan without any element of stress. The warm vegetation cycle with its dry spells brought excellent ripeness to the clusters, along with average volume, while…
Ab sofort ist das erste wissenschaftliche Standardwerk zur Weingeschichte Österreichs erhältlich. Von der Österreich Wein Marketing GmbH (ÖWM) initiiert und im Brandstätter Verlag erschienen, beleuchtet dieses Kompendium auf 700 Seiten die historische Entwicklung des österreichischen Weinbaus von der Urzeit bis in die Gegenwart.
Beste nationale Werbekampagne 2018 in der Kategorie „Food & Beverages“ sowie den Publikumspreis „IAA Audience Award“: Mit der Kampagne „G’spritzter: ohne Schnickschnack – nur Wasser und Wein aus Österreich“ konnte die Österreich Wein Marketing GmbH (ÖWM) bei den diesjährigen EFFIE-Awards kräftig abräumen. Zuvor streifte die Kampagne bereits zwei Kreativpreise ein.
Am 21. Oktober laden die heimischen Schaumweinproduzenten zur Verkostung ihrer Sekte in die Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. Spezialitäten von renommierten Betrieben ebenso wie Geheimtipps aus kleiner Produktion erwarten die Besucher.
Stolz wie frischgebackene Eltern präsentieren Österreichs Winzer ihre Jungweine 2019. In den nächsten Wochen locken rund 700.000 Flaschen „Junger Österreicher“ Weinfreunde wieder zum unbeschwerten Genuss.
The region has reached agreement on the three levels Gebietswein (regional wine), Ortswein (‘villages’ wine) and Riedenwein (single-vineyard wine), and continues to emphasise the traditional and highly prized varieties: white wine vinified from Chardonnay, Weissburgunder or Grüner Veltliner, red wine from Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch.
On 1 January 2020, Mr Wilhelm Klinger will assume management of Austria’s leading wine retailer Wein & Co, which since 2018 has been part of the German conglomerate Hawesko Holding AG, one of the world’s leading wine sales operations. In this role, Klinger will also become a member of the Hawesko Group’s ‘corporate strategy circle’. At the same time, Klinger will be turning over the management of…
Nicht der Wetterfrosch macht diese Ansage, sondern Österreichs Winzer – denn es ist wieder Sturm-Zeit! Die ersten spritzig-süßen Jahrgangsvorboten sind bereits verfügbar, und bis in den Herbst hinein dürfen sich Liebhaber über die Saisonspezialität freuen.
‘Austrian winegrowers are looking forward to a good vintage with fully ripe grapes this year. Compared to the big harvest in 2018, an average volume of approximately 2.4 million hectolitres is expected. And after the record-breaking early harvest last year, picking will begin around Lake Neusiedl at the beginning of September. In other regions, the primary harvest will begin in mid-September’,…
After Austria distinguished itself last year, being chosen as the Court of Master Sommeliers’ first examination venue outside the USA or Great Britain, testing for the Master Sommelier diploma was held this year for the second time in our country. On 16–17 August, eighteen candidates came to Klosterneuburg Abbey, where they faced the world’s greatest sommelier challenge.
On 1 July, the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) presented the hitherto biggest Austrian Tasting in Japan with winegrower participation. Some 900 visitors accepted the invitation to the Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo, creating an overwhelmingly positive atmosphere for the growers on hand. Top-drawer side events offered the perfect complement to the Austrian Tasting in Tokyo.
Massimo Bottura, who has topped the prestigious list ‘The World's 50 Best Restaurants’ not once but twice, paid a special visit to Austria in mid-June: He presented a seven-course meal for the victorious winegrowers of SALON Österreich Wein 2019, the nation’s most demanding wine competition. In this, he clearly demonstrated his enthusiasm for the work of the Austrian growers.
Change in the leadership team of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board: Following Wilhelm Klinger’s announcement last December to gradually step back from his duties as Managing Director, his successor has been elected after a thorough selection process. Chris Yorke will take over the leadership of AWMB in 2020.
Austrian Wine Marketing Board managing director Willi Klinger introduced the book "Wine in Austria: the History" in Vienna today as the centrepiece of this year’s Austrian Wine Summit. For the first time an academically substantiated and comprehensive volume on the history of viticulture in Austria, from prehistoric times to the present day, will be available as of December this year. And there is…
On 23 May, this year’s Austrian Wine Summit will get underway. From 23–29 May, almost 200 journalists from thirty-nine countries will travel through the nation’s winegrowing regions at the invitation of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB), with special attention paid to those regions situated at the country’s borders. The wine summit will culminate in a one-day conference addressing the…
Seldom have young wines gone so well with springtime’s most distinctive calling-card as do Austria's 2018s. Completely harmonious and beautifully blessed with refined acidity, they provide an ideal partner to the dazzling variety of asparagus dishes due to dominate Austria’s menus in the coming weeks.
The year 2018 once more set a record for exports of Austrian wine, with 170.3 million Euros around the world, 6.9% more than the previous year. In addition, the bountiful 2017 vintage helped to exceed the fifty-million-litre mark in exports for the first time since 2010. Austrian wine was also extremely successful on the home front: the retail grocery trade recorded an increase in sales of 6.9% in…
The earliest wine harvest of modern Austrian viticulture surpassed the volume of the previous, above-average vintage 2017, at 2.75 million hectolitres. Once again, wines of very good to excellent quality are anticipated.
From 17–19 March 2019 in the German city of Düsseldorf, ProWein – Europe’s most important wine trade fair – will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. Austria will have some 350 exhibitors on hand, offering top-flight programming in Hall 17 throughout all three days.
According to the final data of the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Austria produced 2.75 million hectolitres of wine in 2018. The harvest volume was almost 11% greater than in the previous year and 24% above the average of the past five years. The 2018 vintage will be remembered not only because of the earliest harvest of all time, but also because of the satisfying volume and…
Massimo Bottura, chef from the world’s best restaurant Osteria Francescana, has been slated to cook for the victors of Austria’s most demanding wine competition in the Palais Coburg on 18 June 2019.
On Wednesday 16 January the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) invited members of the wine community to a special edition of their annual marketing day at Austria Center Vienna. Willi Klinger, who is due to depart from the AWMB at the end of 2019, summarised the current state of things and urged the approximately 450 winegrowers and industry professionals in attendance to maintain the present…
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.
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.
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*.
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.
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.
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.
‘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…
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.
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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…
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…
The twentieth-anniversary jubilee of the wine festival VieVinum is setting new marks to measure by: more than one thousand wine professionals from all over the world will be attending Austria’s greatest wine fair at the invitation of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) – a historical number of visitors. For Austria’s winegrowers this offers a unique opportunity to open and develop new…
The former Grosslage (large collective vineyard site) ‘Rosalia’, located south of the Leitha Range in Burgenland, is set to become Austria’s next DAC winegrowing region. There are 297 hectares under vines in the administrative district Mattersburg, which will henceforth yield regionally typical ‘Rosalia DAC’ and ‘Rosalia DAC Reserve’ red wines, as well as distinctively conceived rosé wines bearing…
In contrast to most major European winegrowing nations, which are lamenting the lowest production volume in many years, Austria was able to record a 2017 harvest that surpassed the five-year average by 25%, with approximately 2.5 million hectolitres. But the excellent quality of the current vintage is even more satisfying. The combination provides something that proved elusive during the last few…
Despite a slight decline in volume, the export year 2017 exceeded all expectations: with a steep increase in the value of exports, to 158.6 million Euros, Austria cracked the 150-million-Euro barrier for the first time – in addition to which, average price per litre reached a new all-time high of 3.39 Euros.
This year’s edition of ProWein is right on time for Austria’s winegrowers. While most of western Europe’s major wineproducing nations were suffering (in some cases severe) reductions in harvest volume in 2017, Austria was able to rejoice in a vintage that was quite convincing in terms of both quality and quantity. From 18–20 March in Düsseldorf, Germany, Europe’s biggest trade fair for wines and…
This is a great honour for Austria. The Steiermark (Styria) has been chosen by the organisers as the venue for this year’s edition of the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, one of the world’s most influential white wine competitions. On the 2nd and 3rd of March 2018, this annual event will take the stage in Graz, and is certain to reinforce the Steiermark’s status as a prestigious place of origin for…
The Austrian wine sector saw export volumes remain steady in 2012 despite the tight supply, while revenues actually increased. According to provisional figures from Statistik Austria and the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB), exports in 2012 totaled 46 million liters with revenues reaching € 128.5 million. Because of the limited wine supply, however, there was a decline in the low-end price…
We’ve got another year just about behind us, a really good one. In the wine cellars of Austria, there’s plenty of wine resting peacefully, produced from the fully ripened grapes of this year’s harvest, and filling the growers’ hearts with joy on account of its fine quality.
While worldwide 2017 saw the lowest level of wine production in years, Austria was able to record a harvest that was very good in terms of quality and also blessed by abundant volume. The yield of 2.6 million hl (according to October’s third harvest estimate) amounted to a quarter above the five-year average, which will go a long way to filling cellars that in many places have been rather empty.…
The waiting has come to an end! To mark the Day of Austrian Sekt on 22 October, the sparkling wine categories Sekt g.U. Klassik and Sekt g.U. Reserve are making their market debut (‘g.U.’ standing for geschützte Ursprungsbezeichnung meaning protected designation of origin). Geschützter Ursprung, geprüfte Qualität –protected designation of origin and certified quality – is the official quality seal…
Der heurige vielversprechende Weinjahrgang wurde am 7. November im Rahmen der Weintaufe Österreich, die im würdevollen Ambiente des Wiener Rathaussaales vollzogen wurde, von Dompfarrer Toni Faber gesegnet. Der WienWein-Winzer Michael Edlmoser spendete dieses Jahr den duftig-aromatischen Taufwein, eine Cuvée aus Grüner Veltliner und Müller-Thurgau, der auf den Namen „Noblesse“ getauft wurde. Im…
As of this date, Austria has a tenth specific DAC winegrowing region: Schilcherland DAC – in the west of the federal state of Steiermark (Styria), formerly known as ‘Weststeiermark’. Here, the red wine variety Blauer Wildbacher is vinified into a rosé wine called Schilcher. Following an extended political process of discussion, pending changes to the DAC regulations were announced on 11.10.17. The…
Der Junge Österreicher feiert seinen 22. Geburtstag, bietet ausgewachsenen Genuss und hat sich dabei seine jugendliche Unbeschwertheit erhalten: Er zeigt als Vorbote des Weinjahrgangs 2017, was Österreichs Winzer im Zusammenspiel mit der Natur erschaffen haben.
The very first Vinexpo Explorer, which took place in Vienna (Austria) on 11 & 12 September, was a hit with all participants. The new concept, combining business and tastings focused on one winegrowing region, proved successful, paving the way for a new approach to business networking.