The "International Austrian Wine Challenge" took place for the first time in Vienna(Austria) in 2004. The founder and inventor was the Viennese winery owner Michael Edlmoser. In the process, 4,126 wines from ten nations were evaluated. All wines are tasted anonymously (blind) in individual tasting booths at the Höhere Bundeslehranstalt und Bundesamt für Weinbau in Klosterneuburg and graded according to the international 100-point system. In each category (different grape varieties, predicates, fortified wines, sparkling wines) the wine with the highest number of points receives the "Austrian trophy". The "International trophy" is awarded to the wine that achieves the highest number of points of all wines submitted in all variety categories (separated into white, red and sweet wines). For the "International trophy" category "Winery of the year", the best ten wines of a producer or winemaker that have achieved 80 points or more are added together. Wines from 80 to 84.9 points receive a Seal of Approval, from 85 to 89.9 a silver medal and from 90 points a gold medal.
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