AVL, Hannes Kleedorfer, HBLAuBA Klosterneuburg
The BPWW Management GmbH’s annual wine award competition ’DER WEIN’ aims at making links between the wine theme and the Wienerwald, because there are excellent wine-growing domains in the far corners of the Wienerwald which are characterised by great landscape diversity which affords a high quality of life. On the other hand, the award is to promote the 69 UNESCO - Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme - Biosphere reserve periodic review – 2015 grape varieties typical of the three viticultural regions in the BR – Thermenregion and Großlage Klosterneuburg in Lower Austria and in Vienna, the areas within the seven BR districts.
The trademark ’Biosphärenpark Wienerwald – DER WEIN’ stands for excellent, sustainably produced Quality Wines from grape varieties typical of the region - such as the spicy Zierfandler, the rich Rotgipfler or the special blend ‘Gemischter Satz’ from Vienna. Consequently, vintners have been invited since 2006 to register the wines typical of the Region for participation in this competition.
In order to promote sustainable viticulture and to create a unique selling point vis-à-vis external wine award competitions, it was decided in 2012 that only those wines be allowed to be entered which have been produced organically or according to the requirements for certified organic and integrated wine production – because in these processes, only a significantly reduced amount of pesticides is permitted.
A high-carat jury assesses the wines in a blind tasting which is based on internationally valid criteria. The best wines and vintners receive their awards every autumn in the course of an award ceremony. To assist marketing these award-winning wines, a wine folder has been produced every year since 2012 with a print run of 3,000 copies. This folder is also available for download from the website. Since 2009, the award-winning vintners are each presented with their own TOP WINZER (top vintner) sign which they can either fix to the gate of their vineyard or hang it up in a ‘Heurigenlokal’ (traditional Viennese wine bar).