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Presentation of the 2014 Salzburg Festival Editions

5 JUN 2014

published in: Whitsun, General

Benedikt Zacherl, Johannes Hirsch, Sandra Hirsch, Michel Jeannau, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Johannes Reinisch, Christian Pöpperl (Photo: Salzburg Festival / Andreas Kolarik)
In anticipation of the 2014 Whitsun Festival, Festival President Dr. Helga Rabl-Stadler hosted the traditional presentation and tasting of the Salzburg Festival Special Editions at the SalzburgKulisse, Haus für Mozart. The Salzburg Festival presented the Festival Wines, the Festival Pils and, for the very first time, the Salzburg Festival Cuvée Brut from the Schlumberger Wineries.

Brut Méthode Traditionnelle from the Schlumberger Wineries
Celebrating its new partnership with the Salzburg Festival, Schlumberger created the Salzburg Festival Cuvée, a delicately sparkling treasure: with an elegant, pearly sparkle and an aromatic harmony contributed by the high-class White Burgundy and Chardonnay notes. A product made exclusively from Austrian grapes and matured in the bottle according to the classical méthode traditionelle.

Schlumberger has been an exclusive partner of the Salzburg Festival since 2014. The cooperation between the two traditional institutions reinforces the connection between sparkling wine and champagne with the cultural enjoyment of opera, theatre and concerts.

Louis Roederer – one of the world’s most noble champagne brands – joins Schlumberger as the exclusive sparkling wine partners of the Salzburg Festival from this season onwards. Family-owned for more than two centuries, the winery embarks upon its first opera sponsorship.

Champagne Roederer Brut Premier

The Brut Premier is the perfect embodiment of the Louis Roederer style: a particularly delicate mousseux, a subtle, highly elegant bouquet. Clear hints of biscuit, toast and almonds, a delicate note of yeast, very complex and lasting, with typical full body and fresh fruit aromas. The sparkling wine has structure and is well-developed, subtly melting on the palate, and is marked by a modern, distinctive taste and great finesse.

Salzburg’s Festival visitors can thus enjoy Austrian sparkling wine culture from Schlumberger and noble champagne by Louis Roederer.


Grüner Veltliner Heiligenstein Kammern / Kamptal 2013

from the Hirsch Winery in Kammern / Langenlois

We are delighted to be partnering with vintner Johannes Hirsch from the winery of the same name in Kamptal in Lower Austria as this year’s Festival vintner. Johannes Hirsch is a member of the Austrian Traditional Wineries, was the Falstaff Vintner of 2011 and the first in Austria to turn away from natural cork. For his pioneering spirit, Die Presse nominated him for the award “Austrian of the Year” at Austria 08. Apart from the courage to innovate, however, the winery in Kamptal also demonstrates a high regard for tradition – its history, after all, goes back to the 16th century. Since 2010 it produces only ecological and dynamic wines in top qualities and from top vineyards. The grapes for the elegant Grüner Veltliner from Kamptal grow on mineral-rich loam and clay soils of the Kammerner Heiligenstein.

Evaluation by Peter Moser / Falstaff

12 Vol. %, light yellow-green and silver reflexes. Ripe yellow apple fruit, a whiff of quince and wild herbs. Juice, fine yellow tropical fruit, a fresh acidic arch, lemony nuances of minerals; offers light-footed drinking enjoyment. (91/100) 


St. Laurent Reserve 2011, Johanneshof-Reinisch, Tattendorf, Thermal Region

The Reinisch family have been vintners for four generations, working vineyards in the most sought-after locations around the traditional winemaking villages of Tattendorf and Gumpoldskirchen. The high percentage of lime in the soils of this area gives its wines a distinctive mineral note, making the vineyards of the Johanneshof Reinisch especially suitable for cultivating Burgundy vines. Reinisch is considered one of the pioneers of the St. Laurent grape. This diva of the vineyard and the cellar demands undivided attention year-round. It does not tolerate suffering, but it does not tolerate conditions that are too favourable either, so that the grape receives the full quality. This wine is a selection of the vintage’s best barrels.

Evaluation by Peter Moser / Falstaff

13.5 Vol. %, dark ruby garnet, purple reflexes, delicate lightening towards the rim. A dark berry confit underpinned with a subtle herbal spiciness, nuances of blackberries, ripe bigarreau cherries, subtle spice of exotic woods, a touch of minerals, candied orange essence. Juice, good complexity, nuances of ripe plums, delicate tannins, a structure rich in finesse, elegant and harmonic, good staying power, subtle sweetness of the extract as an aftertaste – a versatile accompaniment for food with potential for maturing. (93/100)


Christian Pöpperl, Stiegl‘s Brewmaster, has taken charge of this year’s Festival Pils. This wonderfully fresh beer specialty from Salzburg is brewed using brewing barley from the Weinviertel in Lower Austria, Upper Austrian hops from the Mühlviertel and water from Salzburg’s own Untersberg. Beer experts will love the exclusive 2014 Festival Pils Edition not only because of its unique bouquet of hops, but will also value it as a culinary accompaniment: “The slender and delicately sparkling Stiegl Festival Pils convinces with its fresh hops flower as well as an aromatic hops bitterness as an aftertaste,” explains the Stiegl Brewmaster.

The Salzburg Festival is delighted to continue its long-term cooperation with the Stiegl Brewery Salzburg once again this season. Like the Festival Wines and the Festival Cuvée Brut, the Festival Pils is only available in a limited edition.

How to purchase the Festival Editions:

Both wines and the Cuvée Brut are available at the Festival Shop, on the menus of Salzburg restaurants and in specialized shops (Morandell, Döllerer, Wein & Co, Wein Wolf Import, Azwanger, Kölbl, etc). The Festival Pils is also available at the Stiegl Brewery in Salzburg.