Wines from all nine federal states
Graz, July 2022
In its fourth year, the Austrian PIWI wine competition "New / innovative grape varieties" again brought an increase in the number of participating companies and registered wines. For the first time, a high-ranking international jury was able to evaluate PIWI wines from all nine Austrian federal states.
The non-profit association "PIWI Austria" has now organized the wine competition "New / innovative grape varieties" for Austrian wines made from fungus-resistant grape varieties for the fourth time. 209 wines from 92 different companies were registered for the jury tasting on July 21st! From Lake Constance to Lake Neusiedl, wines from all Austrian provinces were represented. The largest domestic PIWI wine competition has meanwhile established itself as a fixed point in the wine year.
"I am impressed by the high quality of the wines," were the words of juror Alexander Morandell, President of PIWI International. This gratifying finding proves the level of the PIWI wines, which is increasing from year to year. The grape varieties most frequently submitted were Muscaris, Souvignier gris, Donauriesling and Cabernet blanc for the whites and Roesler and Cabernet Jura for the reds. Most submissions (91) come from Styria, followed by Lower Austria (77), Carinthia (15), Burgenland (11), Upper Austria (5), Vienna (4) and Salzburg, Tyrol and Vorarlberg with 2 wines each. For the first time this year there is also a separate winner category for sparkling and semi-sparkling wines.
As in previous years, the venue for the jury tasting was the sensory room at the Haidegg research station in Graz. The jury of recognized local and international experts assessed according to the international 20-point scheme. Depending on the number of points, plaques in gold or silver will soon be issued. At least 10 submitted wines were required for the evaluation of a separate category.
Results and press release – PDF German