09:00 Until 22:30 Time
The Austrian Wine Forum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Address: Restaurant Fitzgerald* , Rotterdam
Organiser: Frank Smulders, MW
Price: € 260,=
Registration deadline: 13.01.2020
THE AUSTRIAN WINE FORUM 2020
January 20th, 2020 , 09.00 – 22.30 hrs
Location: Restaurant Fitzgerald, Gelderseplein 49, 3011 RZ Rotterdam
A one-day educational event about Austrian wine with three masterclasses by well-known producers from different wine growing areas.
08.30 hrs Doors open, registration of participants, wellcome coffee/tea.
09.00 hrs FIRST MASTERCLASS: VINEA WACHAU
No doubt Wachau is Austria’s most famous white wine region. On its beautiful, terraced vineyards along the Danube a host of varieties grow with Riesling and Grüner Veltliner as the most important.
The Vinea Wachau members represent more than 90% of the Wachau production and have developed a unique classification system for its members, with the Smaragd wines at the top of the quality pyramid.
ROMAN HORVATH MW of Domäne Wachau, and FRANZ HIRZBERGER JR will present an update on the area, with a tasting of 20 wines from many well-known (like Hirtzberger, Knoll, FX Pichler, Domäne Wachau, Jamek) and lesser known producers.
11.30 hrs SECOND MASTERCLASS: STK
The STK or Steirische Terroir & Klassik Weingüter unites 12 top estates of Austria’s Steiermark wine region. This cool climate area, situated on the border with Slovenia, is particularly known for its sometimes world class Sauvignon Blanc and Morillon (AKA Chardonnay) wines.
ANDREAS SATTLER of Sattlerhof will present the region and the vineyard classidication of the STK, presenting Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines from the different members, like Sabathi, Gross, Polz, Tement, Maitz, Neumeister and of course Sattlerhof.
15.00 hrs THIRD MASTERCLASS: BURGENLAND
Burgenland is Austria’s warmest wine region, producing many outstanding red wines but also white wines from varieties like Chardonnay, Weissburgunder and Grauburgunder.
STEFAN WELLANSCHITZ JR will present his family’s wines from Mittelburgenland, both from the Wellanschitz estate as from his own, small and very differently styled Kolfok production. Special focus will be on Austria’s most important red varietal, Blaufränkisch.
GERNOT HEINRICH has been one of the big names in red wines in Austria for quite some time now. After developing his production more and more in the nearby Leithaberg DAC he took another interesting step by changing his not small production completely in the direction of natural wines. Through a range of both white and red (Blaufränkisch) wines Gernot will explain his winemaking choices and his vineyards.
18.00 hrs End of the masterclass program, aperitif time.
19.00 hrs A SIX-COURSE DINNER FROM RESTAURANT FITZGERALD (one Michelin star) PAIRED WITH SELECTED AUSTRIAN WINES
22.30 hrs End of the Austrian Wine Forum
PRICE FOR PARTICIPATION: 260 € excluding 21% VAT
Included are: (walking) lunch and (seated) dinner including all wines, all masterclasses including all wines.