Vinaria Trophy 2013
Vinaria honours the best winegrowers and wines of Austria in the noble setting of the Palais Niederösterreich.
Rainer Pariasek led attendees through an entertaining and dynamic award ceremony, followed by a flying buffet composed by restaurateur Charly Teuschl (from the hot-spot Late in Krems)—and of course the chance to taste all of the winners. Altogether it made for memorable evening, with worthy honourees and marvellous wines.
Vinaria doyen Viktor Siegl stood as godfather to the Pinot Reserve Whites—Andi and Heidi Kollwentz won the gold trophy for the 2009 Chardonnay Gloria and a bronze for the 2010 Chardonnay Tatschler, while Florian Alphart took the silver for his 2009 Chardonnay Reserve. In the extensive category Varietal Red Wine, Kollwentz once more led the way with their Blaufränkisch Setz 2009. Albert Gesellmann won the silver trophy for his Blaufränkisch Hochberc 2009, and Anton Iby Jr won the bronze for his Blaufränkisch Dürrau Reserve 2009.
Falstaff Weinguide 2013
Kollwentz did not bottle any of their top red wines in 2010—there is no Steinzeiler, no Cabernet Sauvignon and no Blaufränkisch from either of the single vineyards Point or Setz. We’ve got to be patient and wait for 2011…
Vinaria Trophy 2012
For years now, a Vinaria Trophy has been considered one of the most highly coveted prizes in the Austrian wine business. These are awarded annually to the most highly rated wines of the latest tasting-season. The presentation of the Burgenland trophies took place during the annual celebration of the growers’ group Renommierte Weingüter Burgenland (Prestige Estates of Burgenland) at Schloss Esterházy. The gold trophy, for top producer in the category Varietal Red Wine—as well as the gold for the category Pinot Reserve Whites—went to the Kollwentz Estate in Grosshöflein, the only winery to win two gold trophies. In addition to which, Kollwentz won the silver medal for their Sauvignon Blanc.