The best wines of the year
As every year, the best wines are crowned in Austria. The SALON is considered the national championship of domestic wine. His judgement enjoys the highest confidence among traders, consumers and winegrowers. For over three decades, the event has tasted and determined the 270 best in a multi-stage process.
Initially, several thousand wines are entered through state awards (states award prizes to the best wines from 7,000 establishments). The best of these then go into the so-called blind tasting. An additional 60 are nominated by wine trade magazines. Quality sparkling wines can be submitted directly by producers for the final tasting. This means that 500 wines will be blind-tasted, of which the best 270 will be awarded prizes at the end. From classically fruity to full-bodied to noble sweet wines and sparkling wines, the whole variety of Austrian wines can be found.
This year, the winners were presented at the event in mid-August at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, at a press conference with a tasting of the winners. All wines were subjected to the judgement of a panel of experts. The members of the jury must have passed the official taster examination or be able to provide evidence of similar training. Wine consultants are also part of the tasting panel. In advance, there is also a separate tasting training in preparation.
The final result is wines and sparkling wines in 19 categories, whose high quality places them at the top of the Austrian wine industry. In addition, a winner will be crowned in each of 17 categories.
The 17 winners
|Welschriesling||2020||Lower Austria||Wine:hirsch – Hirsch Reinhard|
|Grüner Veltliner, classic||2020||Weinviertel DAC||Ruttenstock|
|Grüner Veltliner, strong||2019||Wachau||Joseph Fischer|
|Riesling||2020||Traisental DAC||Tom Dockner|
|Burgundy varieties, classic||2020||Styria||Gwaltl|
|Burgundy varieties, strong||2018||Vulkanland Styria DAC||Frauwallner Straden|
|Old Austria/autochthonous grape varieties||2019||Wagram||Fritz Joseph|
|sauvignon blanc||2020||Lower Austria||Urban|
|Red wine fresh and fruity||2019||Lower Austria||Steurer Maier|
|St. Laurent & Pinot Noir||2019||Burgenland||Markus Iro|
|Cuvées & other varieties||2019||Burgenland||Steurer|
|Fruity sweet wines||2020||Lake Neusiedl DAC||Königshofer|
|Noble sweet wines||2019||Burgenland||Tschida|
|Sparkling wine PDO||2016||Lower Austria||Loimer|
A bit of statistics
The origins of the 270 wines are distributed as follows: 137 wines from Lower Austria, 77 from Burgenland, 37 from Styria, 13 from Vienna and 6 from the Bergland. Some wines come from organic certified farms, as well as from farms with the “Nachhaltig-Austria” sign. Around one third of the wines were thus produced in a particularly environmentally conscious manner.
The standard work for top wines, the Fallstaff Weinguide Austria 2021/2022, has also reissued its recommendation of the current top wines from all over Austria. 3,600 wines were professionally tasted and evaluated. Some wines are already available from 20€. Some are only available for purchase from 100€.
The best 10
|yellow muscatel||2017||Volcano Country Styria||Frauwallner|
|Riesling||2020||Wachau||F. X. Pichler|
|sauvignon blanc||2015||South Styria||Gross|
|Heartbleed||2015||Burgenland||Heribert Bayer Winery|
|sauvignon blanc||2018||South Styria||Tement|
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