San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Are you interested in learning more about the history, the pleasure and the sensory experience of wine? If so, our wine seminars offer the perfect opportunity. Experience the art of wine tasting, the fun of sharpening your senses, and the amusement of exploring the many exquisite types of wine in an exceptional setting.
Join our wine seminars with Klaus Wittauer of "Fine Wines from Austria" (www.kwselection.com) and Martin Mittelbach from the Tegernseerhof Winery in the Wachau
Klaus and Martin will guide us through the wonderful wines of the Wachau, the most prestigious wine region in Austria
We will taste the Federspiel and Smaragd levels of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. Martin will explain to us why those wines are some of the favorite wines of many sommeliers and chefs, particularly when it comes to food and wine pairings. For example: May is asparagus season – what to serve with asparagus? You guessed correctly –Grüner Veltliner.
Here are the wines we will be tasting :
Tegernseerhof - Wachau
Riesling Terrassen Federspiel 2012
Riesling Steinertal Smaragd 2009
Gruner Veltliner T26 Frauenweingarten Federspiel 2012
Gruner Veltliner Bergdistel Smaragd 2011
Gruner Veltliner Hoehereck Smaragd 2010
Weissenkirchner Zwerithaler Smaragd (Gemischter Satz) 2010
Informaton about Tegernseerhof:
Vineyards: 23 hectares (57 acres) – 50 % Terraced Vineyards
Wine Region Wachau: A World Heritage site and a landscape that exudes a sense of well- being: This is the Wachau, Austria’s most prestigious wine-growing area that certainly boasts an exciting history. Here, the 1,400 hectares of vineyards - some of which are on steep terraces - feature mainly Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. The wine categories of Steinfeder, Federspiel and Smaragd are used respectively for light, medium and full-bodied wines with natural alcohol.
Dürnstein: Situated in the heart of the magnificent Wachau Valley, the charming town of Dürnstein offers the unique combination of breathtaking scenery, traditional architecture, and places of historic interest. The precious village Loiben is world-famous for its wines and wineries.
Soil and Climate: In the post-glacial period, silt sediments were deposited on the mountains, something that, in turn, resulted in the loess soils as well as steep slopes of “Gföhler” gneiss found today. These geological conditions, along with the man-made stone terraces that help facilitate cultivation - despite the steepness of the terrain - are typical of the Wachau landscape. Climatically, two strong, complementary influences converge here: the Western Atlantic and the Eastern Pannonian conditions.
Production: Profound and solid handcraft is the essential background, which results in our wines with distinctive personality. "The highest level of excellence must be the minimum we should expect from these wines." Martin Mittelbach
When & Where
American-Austrian Cultural Society
Founded in 1954, the American-Austrian Society, Washington, DC is a non-profit organization whose objectives are to encourage and support the perennial friendship between the United States and Austria, to promote the understanding of Austrian culture, and to assist both American and Austrian institutions in bringing educational programs about Austrian arts, science, and trade to the Washington metropolitan area.
Each year the Society sponsors or supports several cultural events that take place at the Embassy of Austria and at other locations in the Washington metropolitan area. Most of these events are open to the general public. The Society's stimulating cultural and educational programs are centered around the artistic, humanistic, and scientific achievements of Austrians and Americans with ties to Austria.