Austria's largest wine performance show, held once a year since 1988. It is organised in cooperation with ÖWM
(partner for the Austrian tour and final selection). On the basis of a sophisticated selection concept, 200 wines are selected first and, as a second step, 22 winners are chosen from these in two different rounds. At the end of the extensive procedure there are eleven "Salon Winners" and eleven "Salon Chosen". Thus, two paths lead to the "Salon". The 160 candidates for the "Salon Winners" are selected from around 5,000 wines by vintners from all wine-growing regions of Austria. In a final tasting, an equal jury of experts decides who will be included in the final selection. In a concealed wine tasting using the 20-point system, the eleven Salon winners are then determined in eleven categories (Grüner Veltliner light to 13% vol, Grüner Veltliner strong, Welschriesling, Riesling, Weißburgunder, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Prädikatsweine, Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt, Cuvée Rotwein).