2014 Austrian Vintage Receives Ceremonial Seal of Approval


It's official – the 2014 wines of Austria have been blessed.
This week Provost Bernhard Backovsky gave his official blessing of Austria's most recent vintage, a yearly event which was held this past Tuesday at Stift Klosterneuburg in Austria's Niederoesterreich region.
The blessed wine, called “Taufwein”, was served by national wine queen Tanja I and was tasted by a variety of government officials and members of several Austrian wine associations. 
Herbert Prohaska and Regina Mejj were awarded with the Austrian Bacchus Prize in recognition of their support and love of Austrian wine.
As part of the traditional ceremony, Prohaska and Meij gave this year's wine a special name. They chose “Samtosha”, a Sanksrit word meaning which, according to the Austria's wine marketing website, describes a feeling of contentment, joy or gratitude.
“It is also a peaceful feeling that everything is good the way it is, and therefore is important as a basis for inner stability and peace from which one can develop and grow,” the website says.
The name given to the wine is reflective of the struggle Austrian winemakers faced in the 2014 winegrowing season. Bad weather hampered efforts in many countries, particularly in northern Italy. Austria faced wet weather in late summer and also in early fall. 
Despite the struggle, the Austrian wine industry sees that 2014 harvest as a success.
“Although not a vintage of the century, it will be a good one,” Austria Wine wrote. “Samtosha conveys that the wine is very good and beautiful, and can be enjoyed with great pleasure; and when given faith and trust, it can calmly unfold, develop and thrive in all of its dimensions.”
A press release about the event elaborated on the two recipients of the Bacchus award.
Prohaska was one of the best Austrian soccer players in the 20th century. During his playing career, he gained an affinity for Austrian wine.
“He became more and more interested in the domestic quality wines and began to fall  in love especially with the reds,” the release said. “He quickly developed many friendships with Austrian winemakers while become a popular oenophile in public life.”
Meij was recognized for her efforts to promote Austrian wine in her native Holland. The speaker who introduced Meij said the Dutchwoman was partly responsible for the emergence of Austrian wines in the Dutch marketplace.
“In the 90's, there were some countries with dedicated wine importers doing pioneering work for our wine. Regina Meij is one of them,” the speaker said. 
Photo Credit: Wine Austria

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