Austrian Winery Named Wine Enthusiast’s European Winery of the Year 2016

Austrian Winery Named Wine Enthusiast's European Winery of the Year 2016

Internationally renowned magazine “Wine Enthusiast” has awarded the title of  “European Winery of the Year” for the first time ever to an Austrian wine estate,  R&A Pfaffl Winery, in Stetten in the Weinviertel region.

Past winners include international greats as the Champagne house of Louis Roederer (European Winery of the Year 2005), the sparkling wine producer Ferrari (2015) or the Spanish giant Torres (2006).

Wine Enthusiast honoured Pfaffl as an ambassador both for the Weinviertel region and for Austria as a whole. The magazine stated that “there is hardly any other wine estate that has done so much to achieve international interest and attention for Grüner Veltliner.” Roman Pfaffl’s visionary approach, already promoting the Grüner Veltliner variety in the 1980’s, earned him the title of “Mr. Veltliner” in the eyes of the media and consumers.

The Pfaffl family is naturally ecstatic. “This really is a high point, a crowning moment in our career,” says Roman Pfaffl. With the help of his wife Adelheid and their children Roman Josef Pfaffl and Heidemarie Fischer, he succeeded within a period of just under four decades in turning what was a small farm with just 0.75 vineyard hectares into an internationally renowned wine estate with 105 hectares of vineyards, and export activities to more than 20 countries.

The German “Meininger weinwelt” magazine honoured him last year under the heading “Can’t be topped”. In the spring of 2016, the economic publication “Wirtschaftsblatt” awarded the winery as the “Best family business in lower Austria”.

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