Austrian White and Red Wines Capture 5 Gold Medals in the UK's Sommelier Wine Awards 2014

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For the first time, Austrian wine scored a powerhouse performance at the Sommelier Wine Awards in the UK, coming away from the recent 2014 competition with a total of 41 medals. Most impressively, the 5 Gold medals awarded to Austria went not only to its heralded flagship white varieties, Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, but also to two red wines – a single-variety Blaufränkisch and a Blaufränkisch cuvée blend - signaling the increasing recognition of Austria's quality red winemaking and how the wines can be ideal for on-trade venues in the UK.

This picture shows the Gold Medal of the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014
Gold Medal, Sommelier Wine Awards 2014

In addition to the 5 Gold medals, Austria garnered 15 Silver, 9 Bronze and 12 Commended medals.

The competition, which is conducted by the UK on-trade magazine, Imbibe, was founded in 2007 to highlight wines that could be sold optimally in hotels, restaurants, pubs, bars and at independent wine merchants throughout the UK. It is judged by a panel comprised solely of UK on-trade sommeliers and wine professionals.

“It's very exciting that on-trade sommeliers in Great Britain are recognising how good Austrian wines, and now even the red wines, really are,” says Marie-Sophie Lodron, export manager for the UK market at the Austrian Wine Marketing Board. “They have been acknowledging the uniqueness and deliciousness of Austria's white wines. And now, they can enjoy all of the diversity and complexity that the red wines offer as well.”

Lodron, who recently began her UK export manager position at the AWMB, taking over from Susanne Staggl, now the AWMB's new head of communication, added that the recent competition results will likely motivate even more Austrian wineries to enter their wines in the Sommelier Wine Awards 2015.  “Sommeliers and the on-trade are eager to taste more of the wines we're making, of course the whites, and now the reds. We are on the way!”

For a complete list of Austria's medal-winning wines in the Sommelier Wine Awards 2014, please see the attached file.

Austria at the London Wine Fair in Olympia: Austria's signature grape varieties and an in-depth look into Wine & Food-Pairings will be featured in a series of both seminars and tastings at the 34th London Wine Fair, held at Olympia from Monday 2 to Wednesday 4 June 2014. Austrian Wine will have its own stand (H50), offering the press, trade visitors and sommeliers the opportunity to taste Austria’s “cool” wines from around 24 wineries.

Links

London Wine Fair 2014: Show Catalogue

London Wine Fair 2014: Seminar

London Wine Fair 2014: Tasting Corner

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