Heaven 23 in Gothenburg, Sweden, won Best Austrian Wine List in the Nordic Star Wine List of the Year 2019. The category was presented by Austrian Wine.
”It feels amazing! Both for me personally and for us as a team, and it proves that what we do is exciting and relevant. Our investment in Austrian wine is far from a mere flash in the pan; we’ve been building the wine list since 2006, and many people have contributed along the way,” says Head Sommelier Andreas Hiller.
He hopes that this award will make people aware that Heaven 23 has much more to offer than people usually think.
”Of course it’s also a kick for us to see that our investment is noted and appreciated,” says Andreas.
Paz Levinson, one of four in the top sommelier jury that has evaluated over 180 Nordic wine lists, says that Heaven 23 has the ”ability to show a medium-size wine list with a great focus on Austria”:
”At the same time it contemplates many styles and counties arranged by smart categories as Exhibition, Old Masters, New Classics and Avant-Garde,” Paz says.
Fellow jury member Arvid Rosengren, the World's Best Sommelier 2016, agrees:
”Perhaps one of the greatest lists in the world to deep dive into for Austrian wine exploration and unparalleled on its home turf,” he says.
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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