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Preview tasting for wine professionals

The secret’s in the site


For three days, international wine experts will be offered the opportunity to taste all the Erste Lage wines of the growers’ association Österreichische Traditionsweingüter – in peace & quiet with optimum concentration – before they are released to the market. 200 wines from 81 Erste Lage sites, from a total of 64 Österreichische Traditionsweingüter member estates, will be available for tasting from 3–5 September 2019.

ÖTW Erste Lagen Vineyard © ÖTW
Experience the differences that distinguish the sites | Photo © ÖTW

It’s all about the vineyard site
The trend towards production of single-vineyard wines with a distinctive sense of origin is recognisable worldwide. It is the vineyard site that determines distinctiveness, potential for maturing, character & aromaticity (if the winegrower allows it to happen!). On the Austrian wine scene, the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter are the pioneers of vineyard classification. Thanks to their annual preview tasting in Grafenegg Castle, experts such as sommeliers, wine merchants, journalists and wine critics can experience the development of the single-vineyard process up close & personally.

Experience matters
No one in Austria has more experience in the classification of vineyards than the ÖTW. In a process of observation, analysis & evaluation lasting many years, the ÖTW winegrowers meticulously determined exactly which were their most significant vineyard sites. In the process, vineyards were identified whose wines achieve prominent market presence and demonstrably positive rankings over an extended period of time. Each vintage is evaluated, researched and examined in depth. With a magnifying glass: some previously categorised Erste Lage sites have had this evaluation rescinded.

Vineyard site classification is about significance. Michael Moosbrugger, chairman of the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter, is quite clear about this, saying: ‘The same and equal quality is not found everywhere where vines are planted. Everybody knows that there are vineyards that consistently produce exceptional wines each year, while somewhere nearby perhaps only good or mediocre wines are vinified’. The essential thing is the interplay of soil structure, rainfall, air currents, exposition, elevation, and of course the temperature evolution throughout the vegetation cycle – and especially the relative temperature difference between day & night.

ÖTW Erste Lagen Silent Tasting © ÖTW
The Silent Tasting: with total concentration, at one’s own tempo | Photo © ÖTW
ÖTW Schloss Grafenegg und Wolkenturm © ÖTW
The Wolkenturm (‘cloud-tower’) in Grafenegg Castle Park | Photo © Alexander Haiden

64 Österreichische Traditionsweingüter Estates | 81 Erste Lage Vineyards | 200 Wines
Up for tasting are the white wines of 2018 and red wines (from Carnuntum) of the 2017 vintage. Places for the tasting can be booked from 9.00–13.00 and from 14.00–18 00. This tasting at Grafenegg Castle – about 60 km from Vienna – has been organised to the highest professional standard: all 200 wines from the 64 Österreichische Traditionsweingüter estates are perfectly arranged, brought to ideal tasting temperature and organised according to vineyard. Tasters can sample them according to their own rhythm and in their own chosen order – and thus concentrate entirely on the depth and complexity of the wines, without being distracted by logistical necessities. And if one wants to give the palate a bit of a break, a stroll in the magnificent park of Grafenegg Castle offers the perfect opportunity.

ÖTW Erste Lagen Preview
3–5 September 2019
Grafenegg Castle

Sommeliers, specialised press and the international trade are welcome to attend the tasting, organised exclusively for wine professionals. It is necessary, though, to book a seat beforehand. When choosing your slots, please keep in mind that it will take time to concentrate and evaluate 200 wines. You may reserve your place here & now:

A | 3 SEPTEMBER, 9.00 – 13.00 B | 3 SEPTEMBER, 14.00 – 18.00

C | 4 SEPTEMBER, 9.00 – 13.00 D | 4 SEPTEMBER, 14.00 – 18.00

E | 5 SEPTEMBER, 9.00 – 13.00 F | 5 SEPTEMBER, 14.00 – 18.00

ÖTW Erste Lagen - Silent Tasting © Jürgen Schmücking
The ÖTW compass: the emblem of Erste Lage wines | Photo © Jürgen Schmücking
ÖTW Mitglieder © Herbert Lehmann
The 81 current members of the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter | Photo © Herbert Lehmann

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- four wine estates currently hold membership in the Österreichische Traditionsweingüter, with a total of eighty-one Erste Lage sites.

Members of the Österreichische Traditionweingüter:

Regional Association Danube River
Weingut Allram | Weingut Brandl | Weingut Bründlmayer | Weingut Buchegger | Weingut Dolle | Weingut Ludwig Ehn | Weingut Eichinger | Weinberghof Fritsch | Bio-Weingut Geyerhof | Weingut Hiedler | Weingut Hirsch | Weingut Markus Huber | Weingut Jurtschitsch | Weingut Leindl | Weingut Leth | Weingut Fred Loimer | Weingut Malat | Weingut Mantlerhof | Weingut Hermann Moser | Weingut Sepp Moser  Weingut Ludwig Neumayer | Weingut Nigl | Weingut Bernhard Ott | Weingut Franz und Andrea Proidl | Weingut Salomon Undhof | Weingut Schloss Gobelsburg | Weingut Josef Schmid | Weingut Stadt Krems | Weingut Steininger | Weingut Stift Göttweig  Weingut Thiery-Weber | Weingut Johann Topf | Weingut Türk | Weingut Petra Unger | Weingut Wess | Weingut Weszeli

Regional Association Wien
Weingut Christ | Weingut Wien Cobenzl | Weingut Edlmoser | Weingut Fuhrgassl-Huber | Weingut Haijszan Neumann |Weingut Mayer am Pfarrplatz | Weingut Rotes Haus | Weingut Fritz Wieninger

Regional Association Carnuntum
Weingut Michael Auer | Weingut Fam. Artner | Weingut Johann Böheim | Weinbau Christian Dietrich | Weinkeller Walter Glatzer | Weinbau Günther Glock | Weingut Gottschuly-Grassl | Weingut Philipp Grassl | Weingut Lukas Markowitsch | Weingut Gerhard Markowitsch | Weingut Muhr-van der Niepoort | Weingut Franz und Christine Netzl | Weingut Martin Netzl | Weingut Franz Oppelmayer | Weingut Robert Payr | Weingut Franz Taferner | Weingut Johannes Trapl | Weinbau Horst u. Irene Pelzmann | Weingut Gerhard Pimpel | Weinkellerei Hans Pitnauer