The "International Austrian Wine Challenge" took place for the first time in 2004 Wien
(Austria). Founder and inventor was the Viennese winery owner Michael Edlmoser
, 4,126 wines from ten nations were evaluated. All wines are at the higher federal educational establishment and federal office for viticulture in Klosterneuburg
anonymous (blind) tasted in single cost cabins and after the international 100-point system
graded. In each category (different grape varieties, predicates, fortified wines, sparkling wines) the wine with the highest score receives the "Austrian trophy".
The "International trophy" receives the wine, which of all the submitted wines of all sorts categories (separated into white, red and sweet wine) reaches the highest number of points. For the "International trophy" category "Winery of the year", the best ten wines of a producer or winegrower, who have reached 80 points and more, are added up. For wines from 80 to 84.9 points there is a Seal of Approval, from 85 to 89.9 a silver and from 90 points a gold medal.
Furthermore, there is a rating of wineries with one to three stars. For this, the six highest-rated wines of a winery are used and the number of points of the wines added. There is a star for at least 88 on average, two stars for at least 89.5 and three stars for at least 91 points. At the 12th event in 2015, 11,611 wines were judged by 1,650 producers from 40 countries across all five continents. From 300 tasters, around 33,000 bottles of wine were tested. The awarding of the trophies and the presentation of the best wineries took place at the "Gala Night of Wine" in the Vienna City Hall in front of more than 3,000 invited guests.
The "International Austrian Wine Challenge Vienna" is now the world's largest wine competition. It is the only international wine competition in Austria that is officially recognized by the EU as a wine rating. Associated with this is the right to apply the AWC awards (stickers, medals) to the bottles. See also below awards
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