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The "International Austrian Wine Challenge" took place for the first time in 2004 Wien (Austria) instead. The Viennese winery owner Michael was the founder and inventor Edlmoser, 4,126 wines from ten nations were evaluated. All wines are at the higher federal institute and federal office for viticulture in Klosterneuburg tasted anonymously (blindly) in individual food booths and according to the international 100-point system graded. The wine with the highest number of points receives the “Austrian trophy” in each variety category (different grape varieties, predicates, fortified wines, sparkling wines).

The “International trophy” is awarded to the wine that receives the highest score of all submitted wines of all types (separated into white, red and sweet wine). For the “International trophy” category “Winery of the year”, the top ten wines from a producer or winemaker that have scored 80 points or more are added together. 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.

There is also an evaluation of the wineries with one to three stars. For this purpose, the six top-rated wines from a winery are used and the number of points of the wines added. There is one star for at least 88 points, two stars for at least 89.5 and three stars for at least 91 points. At the 12th event in 2015, 11,611 wines from 1,650 producers from 40 countries from all five continents were rated. Around 33,000 bottles of wine were tested by 300 tasters. 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 specialist 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. This is associated with the authorization to put the AWC awards (stickers, medals) on the bottles. See also under awards. wine address. wine review and wine Events,

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