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New English language WSET Diploma in Wines and Spirits in Central Europe

The Wine&Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and the Austrian Wine Academy (an affiliate company of the Austrian Wine Marketing Board) are happy to announce a new Diploma course in Central Europe. It will be offered by the Austrian Wine Academy, conducted in the English language, and will commence in May 2011. It offers a unique opportunity […]

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The Traditional Wines of Austria – Erste Lage

In May 2010, after nearly 20 years of consideration, the 23 members panel of the Association of the Traditional Vineyards of Austria (Traditionsweingüter Österreich) incorporated 52 vineyards from the 23 members within the Kremstal, Kamptal, Wagram and Traisental as Erste Lage or First Growth vineyards. Austria’s incorporation of DAC law is strongly supported by the […]

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Understanding the Austrian wine labels and wine laws

Special thanks to Klaus Wittauer of KW Selection for his contribution to this post. One of the challenges of Austrian wine is to separate it from their German neighbors. Austrian wine law is based on European wine legislation. Austria, however, has maintained its individuality. Controlled origin, capped yields, quality designations and official quality controls are […]

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