To start with here is a piece of good news….

A true triumph for Gerhard Kracher at this year´s International Wine Challenge in London: the 28-year-old winemaker from Illmitz, Austria, captured the wine world´s most coveted sweet wine trophy when he was named “Sweet Winemaker of the Year”.

The award. presented to Kracher at the International Wine Challenge Awards Dinner at London´s Grosvenor Hotel on Wednesday, 2 September, reflects the young winemaker´s continuation on the successful path begun by his father, the late sweet wine legend, Alois Kracher, who himself was awarded the “Sweet Winemaker of the Year” title seven times, with the last given posthumously in 2008.

“This truly is a wonderful achievement, and not just for me, but for the entire team,” said the jubilant Gerhard Kracher. “It is great that all of our hard work has been recognized with such an honour.”

The International Wine Challenge in London is one of the most important annual events of the international wine and gourmet world. Its high point is the International Wine Challenge Awards Dinner, at which all of the competition winners are announced. Competition at the IWC is tough: every year, nearly 1000 wineries submit more than 9500 wines for judging – making it even more significant that Gerhard Kracher received not only the most important of the IWC awards, but that all of the Kracher wines entered into the competition were awarded with a medal.