Austria Adds New DAC Region

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The Neusiedlersee appellation in Austria’s Burgenland province has been named Austria’s latest Districtus Austriae Controllatus (DAC). Starting with the 2011 vintage, wines can be released under the Neusiedlersee or Neusiedlersee Reserve DACs, alongside Burgenland’s exisiting DACs: Eisenberg, Leithaberg and Mittelburgenland. Wines bearing the Neusiedlersee DAC are made from 100% Zweigelt—the most widely planted grape in Burgenland—matured in steel or oak and have at least 12% abv. To qualify for the Neusiedlersee Reserve DAC, wines can be 100% Zweigelt or a blend consisting of at least 60% Zweigelt, with indigenous varieties comprising the rest. These wines must have at least 13% abv, and they must be matured in wood.

According to Christophe Salin, managing director of Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Château Lafite Rothschild will release its 2011 price earlier than most previous years, with a significant price drop compared to the 2010 vintage. In 2011, Bordeaux experienced less than ideal weather conditions, including hail, which affected the grapes’ phenolic ripeness. To read more about Bordeaux wines from the 2011 vintage, click here.

The screwcap company Amcor Stelvin is relocating its existing Amcor Flexibles plant in Santiago, Chile. The improved facility will allow the business to increase the plant’s production capacity and warehouse facilities. The new site is located north of the city, which is closer to the core of the local wine industry.

According to a study led by Dr. Jennifer Pai of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, two alcoholic drinks per day over a long period gave heart attack survivors a 42% lower risk of death from heart disease than nondrinkers. Researchers in the United States monitored the progress of 1,818 men for up to 20 years after having survived a heart attack between 1986 and 2006. The findings were reported in the European Heart Journal.

Published on April 9, 2012
Topics: Wine News



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