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…
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…
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.
Where matters of international wine marketing are concerned, Austria has demonstrated without any doubt that great successes are possible even with a modest acreage under vines. In the thirty years of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board’s existence, the nation’s average export price has risen steadily, impervious to any and all economic crises. At the same time, this small but dynamic land in the…
’Numerous hailstorms, some of them quite severe, extremes of heat and drought – none of these factors managed to significantly damage the 2017 vintage. The Austrian wine industry made it through the extraordinarily hot summer in good order, and the current vintage can now score top marks with its fully ripened clusters. Austria’s winegrowers are currently anticipating a quantitatively good…
An upper-echelon wine summit hit the stage from 8–11 May in Austria. An international mix of some eighty journalists, sommeliers and wine merchants from thirty different nations – under the aegis of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (AWMB) – spread out on five separate tours to explore the country’s wine-growing regions. The visits could be bookended this year by attendance at the European…
Imagine the vegetation cycle and vintage as a roller coaster ride: this is precisely the memory that Austrian winegrowers and friends of Austrian wine will retain of 2016. But all said and done, there is good to magnificent quality in white, red & sweet wines – in some cases with severely limited quantities.
Repeated record sales regardless of small harvests - Proceeds from Austria’s wine exports climbed in the year 2016 to a new record level of nearly 148 million Euros, despite a series of small harvests since 2011. This came about thanks to a considerable sales increase in upper-echelon bottled wines: a volume of 1.8 million litres, which translates into revenue growth of 5.2 million Euros for this…
The countdown to the world’s greatest trade fair for wine proceeds apace. ProWein in Düsseldorf will open its doors from 19–21 March to more than 50,000 trade visitors, each day from 9.00–18.00. More than 360 exhibitors from Austria will be on hand to participate in the wine world’s leading annual convocation and offer their products for tasting. Austria’s wine country will present the fruits of…
VINEXPO has launched a new brand concept, Vinexpo Explorer, the first chapter of which will take place in Austria.
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…
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…
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 –…
Due to devastating frost damage last spring, a small crop is expected.
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…
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…
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%…
The special issue postage stamp series of the Austrian federal mail service has already established a tradition: every year, a different Austrian wine-producing region is brought into focus. This year, the “Post” is presenting the Mittelburgenland, the region in the heart of Burgenland which is also known as “Blaufränkischland”.