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ÖTW Single Vineyard Summit 2023

by Catherine Walbridge
Schloss Grafenegg

Austria’s most exciting and demanding tasting returns in 2023 with an unprecedented selection of single vineyard wines, spanning more appellations than ever before. From 4 - 8 September, around 500 wines will be presented to international trade media, importers, sommeliers and specialist retailers at Grafenegg castle.  

The picturesque setting about 50 km west of Vienna is the perfect backdrop for this premium tasting organised by Österreichische Traditionsweingüter (Traditional Wine Estates of Austria). The annual event has been held since 2013 but this year nearly 80 ÖTW wineries along the Danube from Traisental to Carnuntum will take part. The five-day tasting also features site-specific wines from the guest regions of Styria, Eisenberg, Leithaberg and Wachau. 

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Members of ÖTW © Herbert Lehmann

Singular wines with a personal touch  

For five days, winemakers will personally serve around 500 site-specific wines. ÖTW wines can be tasted from Monday to Thursday, with Styria’s STK wineries joining on the first two days. Burgenland’s Eisenberg and Leithaberg are guests on Thursday, while on Friday the event moves to Wachau to Dürnstein castle. 

Sybolbild Thermenregion
Seit letztem Jahr gehört auch die Thermenregion zur ÖTW © ÖWM/Mandel-Höh

Thermenregion makes its debut 

Nine new ÖTW member wineries from Thermenregion south of Vienna will make their debut at the ÖTW Single Vineyard Summit in 2023. It will be the first time their wines from ÖTW-classified Erste Lage (Premier Cru) sites are available for tasting. 

Tasting
Während der Verkostung herrscht volle Konzentration. © Anna Stöcher

‘Silent tasting’ format  

Personalised tastings: attendees taste the wines they choose, at their own pace, all served by the winemakers themselves. The ‘silent tasting’ format offers the perfect professional environment. To ensure undisturbed concentration, admission is only granted at the beginning of the pre-booked tasting slots, either at 9 am or 2 pm. 

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About the Austrian Single Vineyard Summit

Five wine producer organisations come together for this event: Österreichische Traditionsweingüter (ÖTW), covering the Danube regions of Kamptal, Kremstal, Thermenregion, Traisental, Wagram, Vienna and Carnuntum, who are renowned for being pioneers in the classification of Erste Lage wines in Austria. They are joined by winegrowers from Eisenberg and Leithaberg as well as the Styrian Terroir and Classic Wine Estates (STK). 2022 marked the inaugural appearance of Vinea Wachau (Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus), an association of Wachau winegrowers founded in 1983. The ÖTW Single Vineyard Summit therefore offers tastings from all of the key wine regions and sites in Austria, under one roof at Grafenegg castle.

Schloss Grafenegg - Austria
(approx. 50 minutes drive from Vienna)
From 4 September to 8 September 2023

SVS Schloss Grafenegg
Catherine Walbridge
Catherine Walbridge
Strategic Consultant and Translations

Catherine Walbridge joined W+P in December 2022 as the agency looked to expand its international reach and English-language expertise. The London-born journalist and editor grew up in New Zealand and has worked in international media for more than 20 years. She is a former Reuters correspondent, South China Morning Post Deputy International Editor in Hong Kong and New Zealand radio program editor. Her interest in wine and food became part of her professional life when she moved to Vienna and worked at Falstaff magazine for a year.