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Weinviertel DAC. That Peppery Character!

Weinviertel is champion

Top rankings at wine competitions

The challenge to achieve top rankings in various wine tastings is over. And the Weinviertel is about to be awarded top ranks! It won the “SALON Österreichischer Wein”, the most important and rigorous Austrian wine challenge, with the variety Grüner Veltliner and thus became SALON winner. It convinced the jury with four first places at the competition “Wine Lower Austria” and assumed top rankings at various wine competitions.

SALON Österreichischer Wein 2008

The Weinviertel prevailed above all in the “SALON Österreichischer Wein” award, the national championship of Austrian wine, with its top variety Grüner Veltliner. For the second time in a row, Monika and Helmut Taubenschuss may call themselves “SALON Auserwählte” (“SALON Selected”) – this year in the category “Grüner Veltliner Classic”. The young vintner, Andreas Urban, won the category “Grüner Veltliner powerful” with its Weinviertel dac Alte Reben 2007. “It is simply incredible that I won the varietal category Grüner Veltliner my first time participating”, states the newcomer enthusiastically. The fact that about one fifth of the wines (55 out of a total of 260 wines) originated in the Weinviertel confirmed the high quality of wines produced in this large wine growing region.

WINE LOWER AUSTRIA 2008

As many as 4 of the 16 regional winners came from the Weinviertel and 32 Weinviertel wines ranked among the best. The varietal diversity in the Weinviertel was particularly rewarded and demonstrated the potential of Austria’s largest vineyard. The excellent quality of red wines from Mailberg was confirmed by the Hagn Winery, the regional winner of the category “Zweigelt”. The Woditschka Winery from Herrenbaumgarten, winner of the category Muscat, demonstrated that the red wine isle Schrattenberg is also good for aromatic varieties. Furthermore, the Winzerhof Rögner in Großengersdorf with its Welschriesling and the Steineder family in Maustrenk with its Riesling rank among the top-quality wineries.

Diverse Weinviertel – assorted awards!

The results of a comprehensive tasting of all three DAC origins in Lower Austria, organized by the magazine Profil, confirmed the Weinviertel and ranked the Pröll Winery in Radlbrunn as winner of the Weinviertel dac wines.

The selection of the top summer wines by the magazine Vinaria attests: the Weinviertel produces high quality and animating wines. White wine professional Helmut Taubenschuss from Poysdorf outplayed his Styrian rivals in the category Welschriesling and took first place. The Mischschatz (mixed varieties) from Norbert Bauer in Jetzelsdorf was convincing as well and took top place.

The Weinviertel also excelled with organic wines, as confirmed by the magazine A la Carte, which awarded 91 points to the Weinviertel dac from the organic winery Zillinger in

Velm-Götzendorf and the Grüner Veltliner from the Schlossweingut Graf Hardegg, Seefeld-Kadolz. The Grüner Veltliner from the organic winery H. and M. Hofer in Auersthal received 90 points.

Weinviertel and red wines are no contradiction. The severe competition for Austria’s best red wines, organized by the magazine A la Carte, saw the Weinviertel in front. 2 of a total of 7 Grand Cru Winners originated in the Weinviertel, the Pfaffl Winery from Stetten (Excellent 2005) and the Frank Winery from Herrenbaumgarten (M.C.S.2006).

“Numerous victories and excellent rankings testify to the high quality level of the wines, the untiring efforts and know-how of the vintners and the great potential of the Weinviertel”, Ulli Hager, managing director of the Wine Committee Weinviertel, is pleased. She is convinced of a further rise of the Weinviertel.