Heaven 23 in Gothenburg has the best Austrian wine list in Sweden and received the gold diploma in the category Austrian Wine List in Star Wine List of the Year Sweden 2020, presented by Austrian Wine.
”We started this project back in 2006, focusing on Austrian wines, and we have never changed our minds since then. There are so many great wines in Austria, so why stop,” says Head Sommelier Andreas Hiller.
Jury member Marc Almert, reigning sommelier champion of the world, says this about the category and the winner:
”It was incredible to see the depth in styles portrayed across the wine lists, highlighting both back vintages of Niederösterreich but also the breadth of regions and new styles emerging. In this category, there was a close call for the top, but in the end the proud winner is Heaven 23! Congratulations!”
”I believe any guest who opens their wine list immediately sees the heartfelt passion for Austria as a wine country. The list highlights all regions and grapes that are on the market and demonstrates a real understanding of the current developments in Austria. Furthermore, it is fun to read, due to a good design, illustrations and personal statements,” he continues.
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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