Austrian Riesling came out on top of a 75-wine International tasting held in London last month. The wine? A 2004 Riesling made by Weingut Hirsch “Gaisberg“ in Kammern, Lower Austria.

As Robert Giorgione, former sommelier, blogger and organizer of the event, told Drinks Business, “I think the Austrian wines had perhaps a bit more complexity and they tended to make the biggest impact.”

In third place, another Austrian Riesling, the Riesling Smaragd “Steinriegel” 2007 from the Prager estate in the Wachau.

The event was held at London’s 28-50 Wine Workshop an featured wines from across the globe including thought from Germany, Australia, the USA, Chile, New Zealand and others.

This is great recognition for Austrian wines, of course, but can we say we’re surprised? No way.