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Wine Makes a Guest Appearance

9 JUN 2011

published in: Whitsun, General

Fred Loimer, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Markus Trinker, Gernot Heinrich; © Kolarik/Repolusk
The Salzburg Festival stands for exquisite quality, the highest level and long-grown traditions – including in its Festival wine. The presentation of the wines has been a highlight at the opening of the Whitsun Festival for years now, and takes place this year on the same evening as the premiere of I due Figaro. In 2011, two renowned vintners were chosen again: Fred Loimer from Langenlois in the Kamptal and Gernot Heinrich from Gols in the Burgenland are well-known beyond the Austrian borders, and their wines grace the wine lists in the world’s best restaurants.

In 2011, the selected Festival wines are:

Grüner Veltliner DAC Loiserberg 2010 by Fred Loimer, Weingut Loimer GmbH, Langenlois, Kamptal DAC, and

Blaufränkisch Kurzberg 2009 by Gernot Heinrich, Weingut Heinrich GmbH, Gols, Burgenland.

Fred Loimer from Kamptal and Gernot Heinrich from the Burgenland are among the most well-known Austrian vintners, and both of them give special attention to their wines’ terroir and authentic vinification. Both 2011 Festival wines are expressive and full of character – in other words, classical character players in their own fach – and ready to serve and please Festival guests from all over the world.

In cooperation with Salzburg’s Stiegl Brewery, the Festival Pilsner Edition 2011 will be produced this year in a limited edition. Certified beer sommelier Markus Trinker brewed this popular beer. The mixture of Lower Austrian Pilsner malt, aromatic hops from the Mühlviertel and Salzburg water from the Untersberg make this beer so unique and typically Austrian. The Festival Pilsner’s taste is lively, with a slight aroma of herbs.

Another highlight are the labels: the prominent photographer Luigi Caputo gave permission to reprint images from his Jedermann series.

If you are curious, the new 2011 edition will be available starting on June 11 at the Festival Shop as well as in various delicatessen stores around the city.