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Vienna
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
sekt
Austrian bubbly has had a rough time lately, but new regulations might just put it back on track“The velvet was flowing like a river! Let’s have another bottle of the velvet!”  If things had gone differently in a marketing meeting for sekt a couple of years ago, you might have heard such exclamations around Austria on New Year’s Eve.The...
vineyard in the city
Vienna’s smallest working vineyard is in the heart of the cityWe all know the PR photo stunts: a portly man in a serious business suit performing the unlikely task of shovelling earth, “breaking the ground” for his corporation’s next contribution to the greater global good. Vienna can do this too, except that it’s not a studio shot.On a grey,...
vine storms
With foul weather affecting the vintage, this year is a rough one for Austrian wineThis year will not be remembered fondly by Austrian winemakers. Catastrophic weather conditions in some of the main grape-growing regions left behind a messy pulp of battered vines, frostbitten shoots and diseased fruit. A reminder that the climate still has the power to make or...
bacchus
For better or worse, the Langenlois Loisium is a theme park for the thirstyAfter driving up the hill through a seemingly endless colony of chic designer houses, we arrived at an ominous cement-clad modernistic castle. It’s a little unsettling: what does this have to do with wine? We had reached the Langenlois Loisium: the big beast among the Vinotheken,...
walk wine side
The Wiener Weinwandertag makes it easy to get to know Vienna’s vintners on their own turfIf there is a day that sums up autumn in Vienna, the Wiener Weinwandertag (Vienna Wine Hiking Day) is it. Equal parts wine appreciation and a brisk outing in the countryside, it shows off some of the most delectable highlights of the only European...
Even in the world of wine, appearances matterSo there you are in the Vinothek, staring at the shelves. So many labels; so many vintages… Now what? Irish poet W.B. Yeats would have understood: “Wine comes in at the mouth,” he wrote, but “love comes in at the eye.”More than we often realize, it’s the label that seduces us. There’s...
The recent trend toward natural wines attempts to capture the spirit before industrializationFew developments or trends have aroused as many passions in the world of wine as the recent emergence of “natural”, wines. It’s a philosophy of “don’t interfere” and let nature do the work. Its unabashed name alone pits it against the status quo: When you categorize a...
Austria’s international wine festival uncorkedImagine 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,...
Viennese wine’s local specialty enters, stage left In wine, as in any consumer industry, producing a brand that transcends the sum of its parts has always been The Holy Grail.This enviable position has traditionally been the cornerstone of success for a select few countries: think Champagne or Chianti in Europe, or Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc as a new world example of...
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