Earlier this month Austrian wine importer, Circo Vino, hosted an unprecedented tasting featuring the artwork of John Diehl and the wines from their outstanding portfolio. Many of the winemakers showed up for the event and graciously shared their wines with top sommeliers, press, and restauranteurs in the NYC wine trade.

The event kicked off with a seminar featuring the red wines of Austria from Claus Preisinger, Franz Weninger, and Michael Reinisch and they discussed the place of wines in the global sphere offering a blind “pirate wine” with each flight. The indigenous varieties of Blaufrankisch, St. Laurent, and Zweigelt shined as a captive audience listened to the philosophy of each winemaker.

What made the tasting especially interesting was that the paintings by John Diehl were created to pair with the wineries. Each estate answered a series of questions and based on those answers, John was able to create a representative piece. When placed all together, the room as truly magical (or perhaps that was the wine talking!) In addition to those who let the seminar, winemakers included Michael Malat, Alex Sattler, Armin Tement and Monika Walch of Ciringa winery in Slovenia, Ingrid Groiss, Franz-Josef Gansberger of Stift Gottweig, and Peter Veyder-Malberg. The wines of Weingut Knoll and Weingut Schellmen were also present.

Into the evening, consumers came to experience the winemakers and the paintings in an extravaganza of wine. Safe to say there wasn’t a dry glass in the house and lingering patrons were sad to be told they must leave.

The whole event ended with a late-night party for industry at The Third Man in New York’s Alphabet City and wine was free flowing until the wee hours of the morning. Circo Vino’s traveling wine circus moved on to Boston, San Francisco and other cities throughout the following week leaving their mark as a great team of Austrian winemakers. Safe to say this isn’t the last we’ve seen of them.