A new book called Wine in Austria: the History was unveiled recently during this year’s edition of the Austrian wine Summit.
This is the first time that an academically substantiated and comprehensive volume on the history of viticulture in Austria from prehistoric times to this present day will be published.
The book includes an individual chapter devoted to the life and work of Dr Friedrich Zweigelt.
More than two and a half years of work went into creating the 500-page book, which was commissioned by Willi Klinger and came to fruition under the academic aegis of Professor Dr Karl Vocelka. It will be published by Brandstätter Verlag in December.
Mr Klinger said: “More than thirty authors worked to research and write about the long and rich history of Austrian wine in all its facets in this handsome volume. Grape varieties, cultivation and cellar techniques, the role of wine in religion and traditions, the emergence of the Austrian winegrowing regions and the successful developments after 1985 – these are just a few of the aspects that are examined. For the first time, an authoritative account of the historical and cultural significance of wine in Austria is available in this work.”
The first scholarly examination of Dr Friedrich Zweigelt’s career
The authors also addressed some of the challenging topics in Austria’s vinous history in detail, adhering to the strictest possible academic standards. In a dedicated chapter, for example, German journalist Dr Daniel Deckers examines the much-discussed career of Dr Friedrich Zweigelt (1888–1964); in the course of his meticulous research in various archives, Deckers encountered information that had not previously come to light.
Mr Klinger said that “With the presentation of Dr Daniel Deckers’s Zweigelt study, the AWMB makes an important contribution to the reappraisal of the topic and thus provides the political decision makers for the winegrowing sector with the basis for considering the further course of action, which can be determined in a subsequent step.”
Austrian viticulture in the wake of 1918
Another essential chapter of the book is devoted to the influence upon viticulture exerted by the collapse of the Habsburg monarchy in 1918 and the new border demarcations established at the peace negotiations in the Paris suburbs in 1919. This extremely complex and multifaceted topic was examined in depth by co-editor Professor Dr Karl Vocelka; his findings can also be read as a download at the end of this press release.