AUSTRIA (Klosterneuburg) - In the past few years, the wine country Austria has experienced a nearly unimaginable boom. Never before were there so many and such good wines from every possible category. Chief editor and Falstaff-wine guide-author Peter Moser has now published his almost 800th page long "annual report", the Falstaff-wine guide - and its results (even despite the expected crisis) are making people optimistic.
It is the standard work for Austrian wines and at the same time also the most detailed wine guide, which includes all Austrian wine-growing regions and also introduces wines from South Tirol. Those who are crazy about wine, can find interesting descriptions of almost 3000 wines and about 500 wineries in the 2009/2010 issue. The focus is on white wines of the vintage 2008 as well as red wines of the vintage 2007.
"With this 12th issue, we have even provided an added value for the readers", explains Peter Moser from Falstaff. "Because we wanted to put emphasis on the value of lighter wines from Austria, we added another category for dry white wines of a maximum of 13 volume percent of alcohol besides the common category white wine, red wine and sweet wine."
Moser further explains that the winery-category was given up to 5 stars. "I considered many different factors and really did not make it easy for myself", says Moser. In this current issue, 8 wineries are awarded 5 stars, thus the highest award. Included are the winery Franz Hirtzberger (Spitz) from Wachau, the winery Knoll (Unterloiben) and the winery F.X. Pichler (Oberloiben), from the Burgenland the winery Gernot and Heike Heinrich (Gols), the winery Kracher (Illmitz) and the winery Kollwentz (Großhöflein) from Neusiedlersee-Hügelland. Awarded most were also the winery Bründelmayer (Langenlois) from the Kamptal and the winery Tement (Berghausen) from the South Steiermark.
A recommended content of the new Falstaff is the detailed information about the wineries. The wines are not only awarded with points, but also discussed very thoroughly. "As a very special service for the German wine lovers, the Falstaff offers the sources for Austrian wines in Germany. Naturally, among the 1.500 sources, we listed many wine countries in Austria, Switzerland and Lichtenstein", explains Moser.
Wine lovers can also find tips for restaurants and living in the different wine categories of the Falstaff - which is nothing new- however, the point system of the current Falstaff restaurant guide were included here. Thus, a wine-culinary trip to the Austrian wine-growing regions should be everybody's top priority now.
Falstaff Weinguide 2009/2010 Austria South Tirol, Kosterneuburg, Juli 2009, 709 pages, 16,90 Euro. Further information from the publisher at tel. +43-(0)2... or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (aw.yoopress)