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Saturday, October 20, 2018
gol
The Viennese love their white wines young and fresh. Winemakers in Gols would prefer to wait. Farmers the world over complain about the weather – too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry. Wine growers are no different – that is, mostly: The white wine bounty of 2017 has left Austria’s vintners singing praises to the weather gods. Last year...
Austria’s international wine festival uncorked Imagine throngs of winemakers cramped shoulder to shoulder, vying for the attention of thirsty drinkers (sorry, “tasters”) who jostle for position with wine-stained hands outstretched, glasses hung around necks for safe keeping, ready and willing to sample anything over 10 per cent alcohol. This is the VieVinum, Austria’s biannual blockbuster trade fair for wine growers,...
tour de vin
Classy and exclusive, the Tour de Vin lets you peek behind the scenes at Lower Austria’s finest vineyards. By Catherine Hooker and Leopold Winkler After spitting out approximately the 40th wine I tasted that day, I was starting to get the hang of it. The flavors and bouquets were slowly becoming distinct to me, allowing me to finally appreciate the differences...
Why "low intervention" wines have a hard time getting designated The disastrous Austrian wine scandal that shook the world in 1985 left a lasting mark on the industry: After it came out that wine was sweetened with toxic antifreeze, quality checks were tightened in Austria and are now among the strictest in the world. “A blessing in disguise,” as Luzia...
red wines
Unpredictable weather has kept Austrian vintners on their toes, making the 2017 vintage a challenging one As smartphones and technology keep us curled up inside, we like to think we have mastered our environment, but ask any vintner and he’ll tell you a different story: The smallest meteorological factor can make or break a vintage, and, technology notwithstanding, good wine is...
Lower Austria's Thermenregion is home to several signature varieties, as remarkable as they are rare In a wine world dominated by a limited number of superstar grapes like Austria’s Grüner Veltliner, it is illuminating to talk to a vintner who keeps old favorites alive. “Two hundred years ago, Zierfandler and Rotgipfler were among the most important grape varieties in the...
ON THE VINE guides you through our wine regions, wines and some of the growers behind them. This month we look at the Wagram region.   This is the second in our series of day trips for wine people. Wagram/Kamptal is the heartland of Austria’s classic Grüner Veltliner, just a 40-minute drive from the city. Today’s vines flourish on the ancient...
winery Pfaffl
Award-winning winery Pfaffl has helped establish Austria’s signature Grüner Veltliner on the daunting American market. Good as they are, Austrian wines often go unnoticed outside the country, especially with giants like France or Italy hogging the limelight. Even large producers can have a hard time making it internationally. The family-owned Pfaffl winery in Lower Austria is among the few that...
kosher wine
After eons, kosher wine finally matures Wine in the Levante may date back to pre-biblical times, but until recently, Israel was not producing much you would actually want to drink. Journalist William Echikson writing in the Wall Street Journal recalled the obligatory ritual wine at Pesach in his youth, a kosher NY State Concorde: “Sickly sweet, like alcohol-tainted grape juice.” No...
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