What has Harry Potter got to do with the Austrian wine classification system?

What has Harry Potter got to do with the Austrian wine classification system?

I am not sure if you have had the time and well indeed interest to follow what has been happening in Austria of late? It would appear that JK Rowlings and the whole cast of Harry Potter have been engaged to help in the creation of some pretty interesting new wine apellation and region names. Austria being one of the worlds greatest wine democracies, it stands as one of the few wine making countries in Europe to challenge the existing codifcation of wine that were originally created back in the 1930′s. There are 2 key classification systems in place  and they appear to happily co-exist side by side without much issue and or concern maybe it is because no one really understands them outside of Austria. Firstly there is the Germanic, or the old way as leading...

A taste for heritage boosts a change in our tastes for wine.

A taste for heritage boosts a change in our tastes for wine.

I was reminded that just the other day that I have been somewhat absent from my writings of late, maybe busy with lots of lots of social media, maybe distracted who knows. But I was prompted by an amazing set of facts that I came across which reminded me of the uniqueness of many of the wines that we deal with as a company on a daily basis. Most of you would know of my passion for Swiss wines & indeed all things Swiss. The sad thing is that we were at an event being hosted by the Swiss Ambassador to Australia & a number of leading business leaders last week where we provided the wines and when asked very few in the room knew that: a) That Switzerland actually made wine. b) That they were in fact drinking Swiss wine. c) That if they did make wine that the...

Switzerland the Land of Vines & Wines

  Switzerland is usually associated with banks, watches, great skiing, resorts, cheeses, alpine walks, cows & chocolate. But for hundred of years local wine makers & farmers have been keeping their wines secret, often only sold locally within the village or occasionally making their way across the Italian, French and German borders …but not   that often I Iove the look I get when I  mention to people here in Australia that we import Swiss wines….” do the Swiss actually makes wines” they say, well yes they do & normally my stock standard answer is that there 4 good reasons why- they are called Italy, Germany, Austria & France, so why should the Swiss miss out becuase they are surrounded by these great wine growing...

2 of the best kept secrets of Europe

2 of the best kept secrets of Europe

The best thing about wine like food is that every new opportunity too try something new is a new conversation and a provides a whole new range of unique experiences and memories. I remember when I visited the Alsace region of France for the first time and the wonderful small town of Colmar , I was struck by the beauty and simplicity of the region but at the same time the wonderful complexity that it also bought to me. The Alsace is often seen as the poor cousin of the French wine industry as it has shared a very checkered past as  the region has traded hands between the Germans and the French for many years but please rest assured this is a very real part of France despite many of the very Germanic sounding towns in the region like Mullhouse. My love affair with...