In September, Star Wine List will recognize the best wine lists in the Nordic countries during the Nordic Sommelier Championship. Austrian Wine partners with Star Wine List to award the best wine lists with Austrian wines in the region.
“We look forward to highlighting the many great wine lists with Austrian wines in the Nordic markets. There is a distinctive tension common to all these wines, which make them an excellent match for an exceptionally varied range of cooking styles and cuisines,” says the Austrian Wine Marketing Board.
Nordic Star Wine List of the Year will recognize the best wine lists in a number of categories, such as Best Wine List by the Glass and several country categories. The Austrian category has been present in the first two Star Wine List of the Year competitions in Sweden. PM & Vänner has won it both times.
“Our wine list competition Star Wine List of the Year has been a hit in Sweden where we have held it for two years. Now we are very excited to go through the wine lists in the Nordic countries and find the winners across the region on 22 September,” says Krister Bengtsson, founder and publisher of Star Wine List.
The winning restaurant’s sommelier will win a trip to Vievinum in Vienna in 2020.
Independent top jury decides
The awards for the best wine lists will be decided by an independent jury, including Latvia’s Raimonds Tomsons, Best Sommelier of Europe 2017, Paz Levinson, Arvid Rosengren and Pascaline Lepeltier.
All restaurants and bars listed by Star Wine List are automatically entered into the competition Star Wine List of the Year, at no cost. All other restaurants and bars in the Nordics are also welcome to enter their wine lists - for more info, see links below.
The category is presented by Austrian Wine:
Austrian Wine - 7 Elements of excitement
Austria’s wines are now highly prized both by wine experts and wine lovers all around the world. As artisanal products crafted by winemakers with a special link to their land, they consistently demonstrate their potential at international blind tastings. There is a distinctive tension common to all these wines which should be emphasised, based on seven factors:
1 THE CLIMATE - THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES
Austria's special geographic setting is the most important factor for the exceptional quality of its wines.
2 THE LAND - BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES, DEMANDING SOILS
Austria is a relaxed country with an unmatched quality of life. This is one of the key reasons why Austria has become a globally-renowned tourism destination.
3 THE GRAPES - DOMESTIC AS WELL AS INTERNATIONAL
Internationally successful varieties such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gelber Muskateller (Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains), Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet all ripen in particular regions and sites in Austria, producing great wines in their own right, with finesse and regional typicity.
4 THE CULTURE - GREAT TRADITION MEETS WILD ROOKIES
For over two millennia, wine has been a part of Austrian culture. Roman cellars, mediaeval villages, baroque monasteries and castles are all part of the typical landscape of our wine-growing regions.
5 NATURE - PERFORMANCE WITH AWARENESS
Austrians love nature and as a result they treat it with the greatest of respect. Environmental protection, water purity, healthy and GMO-free food, biodiversity, energy and materials efficiency are all treated with the highest priority.
6 VALUE FOR MONEY - HIGH QUALITY, FAIR PRICES
Family farms dominate the Austrian winemaking scene, which is why the focus is not on mass production.
7 THE TASTE - IDEAL MATCH, FROM SCHNITZEL TO SUSHI
Austrian wines have a compact body and climate-driven freshness which makes them an excellent match for an exceptionally varied range of cooking styles and cuisines: from Central Europe to the Mediterranean and beyond to Asian foods, and from ethnic food to fusion.
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