Erste Lage wines 2017
International Wine Summit
The most highly renowned wine critics, journalists and sommeliers came from every corner of the Earth – from Toronto, New York or Dubai – and gathered at the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter’s presentation of their Erste Lage wines, where they devoted three days to swirling, scenting, tasting and evaluating. This did not happen by accident. To encounter these leading wine critics from all over the world assembled together in one spot is a rare occurrence and anything but ordinary.
Stuart Pigott / Jamessuckling.com
David Schildknecht / Vinous
Stephan Reinhardt / Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Iza Kaminska / PL
Simon J. Woolf / NL
Julie Dupouy / IR
Daniela Stubbe / D
Jens Priewe / D
Sara d'Amato / CAN
Giuseppe Lauria / D
Viktor Fecske / UK and Tamas Mikula / ARE - Burj al Arab
David Kermode / UK
Lars Daniels / NL and Thomas Rydberg / DK
Maciej Swietlik / PL
Karl-Axel Svensson / S
Robert Dabrowski / PL
Petra Bader and Anne Thysell / Ö
Jürgen Schmücking / Ö
Manfred Klimek / Ö
Silent Tasting at Schloss Petronell in Carnuntum
Silent Tasting at Schloss Petronell in Carnuntum
Picnic at Schloss Grafenegg
Geology to touch
Willi Bründlmayer and Stuart Pigott at Kamptal
Dinner on the Loiserberg
A highly professional tasting
The Österreichische Traditionsweingüter’s annual tasting for press and trade has in recent years become a fixed point on the calendar of the international connoisseur scene. For three days, experts can concentrate directly on the wines in a highly focussed silent tasting. The wines are served at the perfect temperature, prepared correctly and arranged by vineyard, then served to each individual taster at their own pace. Journalists and critics are quite happy to avail themselves of this comprehensive service – they do not have to concern themselves with organisational details, and can devote themselves entirely to the task at hand: to understand the wines in their depth and complexity, to gauge their potential for development, to evaluate their expression of origins and ultimately to mould all of these factors and perspectives into a score.
A preview of the 2017 vintage was given to the critics on this occasion before the wines were actually released to the market.
Some 200 wine professionals travelled from twenty-one countries and evaluated 143 wines from Erste Lage sites of the Danube River Region (Kamptal, Kremstal, Traisental & Wagram). This year for the first time they could taste wines from the new member regions of the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter: twenty-two Erste Lage wines from Wien (Vienna) as well as fifty-four single vineyard wines from Carnuntum. All told, 220 wines were served to the international tasters in flights of five at a time.
Silent Tasting © Herbert Lehmann
From Schloss to Schloss
The premier presentation of the wines from Carnuntum and Wien took place in the enchanting environs of Petronell Castle in Carnuntum, while the Danube River Region wines were served, following tradition, at Grafenegg Castle. Preparatory work for these summit meetings of the world’s wine experts took up more than eight months. A total of 2,600 Zalto glasses were pressed into service, and at each of the tastings at least fifteen winegrowers were on hand to serve the wines of the Traditionsweingüter in a highly personal manner. The intense activities of these three days devoted to tasting were punctuated at the end, when the journalists attended a Bruckner concert given by the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst in the Wolkenturm at Grafenegg. A deeply moving experience.
Schloss Grafenegg © Alexander Haiden
Wolkenturm © Klaus Vyhnalek
Vineyard classification as an indication of significance
‘The Österreichische Traditionsweingüter tasting has developed into an important event for the world’s wine experts’, states Michael Moosbrugger, chairman of the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter, who illustrated to participants in a highly scientific and scholarly seminar that the tasting of the single vineyard wines should not just be a simple evaluation of quality, but ultimately represents an assessment of the historic, geologic and cultural significance of a region as expressed in its wines.
The next date
Wines from the 2018 vintage – the harvest now coming to its conclusion – will be presented next September after a year spent maturing. The preview presentation for wine professionals from all over the world will take place from 2–5 September 2019 in Schloss Grafenegg. Reservations are now being accepted: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download photographs from this year’s presentation here.
Information concerning the history and development of the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter can be found here.
About the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter:
The association of Österreichische Traditionsweingüter was founded in the year 1992 under the aegis of Kamptal winegrower Willi Bründlmayer. The objective of the organisation was that of classifying the vineyard sites along the Danube River (Traisental, Kremstal, Kamptal & Wagram). The first Erste Lage sites were presented to the public in 2010, and since then the process has continued every year. In 2018 the regions Wien and Carnuntum became a part of the movement. Sixty-two wine estates currently hold membership in the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter, with a total of seventy-two Erste Lage sites. (The winegrowing region Carnuntum has not yet announced its selection of Erste Lage vineyards.)
The members of the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter