Växjö powerhouse PM & Vänner has the best Austrian wine list in Sweden. The hotel and restaurant won the gold for the best Austrian Wine List during the 2019 Star Wine List of the Year Sweden, presented by Austrian Wine.
”It is a strong, beautiful list. If you put it back to the perspective of the wine world, there are so few restaurants in the that are able to build something like that. I want to applaud that, and the pricing was still very good,” said jury member Pascaline Lepeltier, Master Sommelier and managing partner at Racines in New York.
Last year, PM & Vänner won the inaugural Austrian Wine List award. This year, the competition was razor sharp but not enough to push down the Småland restaurant to silver.
The finalists were:
- Bar Central, Stockholm
- Djuret, Stockholm
- Grand Hotel, Stockholm
- Heaven 23, Gothenburg
- PM & Vänner, Växjö
Follow the links below to check out all the finalists' wine lists on Star Wine List.
The category was 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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