The Austrian wine journalist Helmut O. Knall (* 1956) aka "Knalli" had his first encounter with wine as a child, since the parents of his best friend Weingarten in Grinzing ( Wien ) and Wolkersdorf (Weinviertel-NÖ). After completing the university course in advertising and sales, almost 20 years of advertising and public relations followed. He came to Austria as a wine freak, wine journalist and "ambassador of Austrian wine" via the detour of red wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italy. From the beginning of the 1980s, the main wine fairs in Europe, such as the Vinitaly, the Vinexpo in Bordeaux, the ProWein visited in Dusseldorf or the London Wine Trade Fair. A first "Aha-experience" was a Blue Portuguese from the blood boy Hannes Artner (Carnuntum-Lower Austria) Born in 1989. From then on, Knall was particularly interested in insider tips from Austria, the dry white wines and the Alois cracker & Co. meanwhile legendary sweet wines.
The promotion of young, ambitious winemakers from Austria became his hobby. It came up with the idea to create an en future guide for Austrian wine, that means still young wines via barrel samples to taste and then accompany them later on the development path. In painstaking persuasion, the prominent winemakers of Austria were visited and the first en Future Guide published. Today, the Wine Guide Austria is one of the most comprehensive works on Austrian wine, in which more than 400 businesses are recorded with their wines. Some of his "discoveries for the young winemakers" are now celebrating export success or are being named "winemaker of the year" by established print media. Today, Knall is a sought-after jury member of many renowned wine tastings. Incidentally, he also worked as a wine grower in Wien for nine years and is an excellent cook.