MP accuses Austrian government of Madoff cover up An Austrian MP has filed a series of Parliamentary questions to make public allegations that senior banking officials and others in the Alpine Republic had actively worked with Bernie Madoff to create his global Pyramid scheme.
Austria meets France at 3,000 metres
The Central Spa Hotel in Sölden, Austria will celebrate the world of wine against its dramatic backdrop of snowy mountains and glaciers, for the 11th year in a row in April.
Bernie Rieder creates new charitable rillette with Hink
Star chef Bernie Rieder has teamed up with Austrian paté makers Hink to create a charitable rillette. With the support of the organisers of charity ball "Dancer against Cancer", the chef has created a trout, salmon and pumpkin rillettes intended to hit the shelves soon.
Wech lead the way in GM free poultry
Austrian poultry company Wech are leading the way in the country’s food industry by altering their animal feed. The everyday chicken and turkey feed will no longer contain any genetically modified (GM) products further improving, they hope, the quality of their product.
Carnival krapfen get the all clear
Viennese carnival "Krapfen" or doughnuts have been given the all clear by Austrian consumer protection. To ensure the upmost quality from the traditional foods, specimens were taken from 42 different producers around the city and tested.
BonbonBall crowns 2012's sweetest belle
The very sweetest belle of the ball was once again crowned at the BonbonBall in Vienna at the weekend. Medical student Anna Sophie Stöbern from Lower Austria was crowned Miss Bonbon at midnight on Saturday in front of some 4,000 guests.
Julius Meinl serves up a Laurent-Perrier feast
The indulgent flag-ship store of gourmet food producer Julius Meinl, will put on a champagne feast tomorrow (Weds) in Vienna. Head Chef Metin Yurtseven will present a seven course menu to diners which will be washed down with the best that Laurent-Perrier has to offer.
Urban Ice comes to Austria
A 30 metre high wall of ice appeared in the Austrian town of Bad Gastein in Salzburg over the weekend for a new ice climbing competition. The enormous wall played host to 20 competitors whilst more than 1,000 spectators watched on.
Baby sloth appears at Schönbrunn
A brand new two-toed sloth baby came into the world at Schönbrunn Zoo on 2 February. After more than two weeks the first pictures of the Austrian Zoo’s new addition have finally been revealed.
Star chef Stefan Marquard working against radiation
Star chef and TV celebrity Stefan Marquard is out to promote high quality food products and the benefits of food with "positive" energy. The bandana wearing chef, known as the "Pirate in the Kitchen", is now working with Austrian company ERSO (Energy Receive Solution) to reduce electromagnetic radiation in his food.
Austria comes out top at organic trade fair
Austria’s producers came out top in the organic stakes at Nuremberg’s BioFach trade fair over the weekend. The event in Germany which hosted some 2,400 exhibitors, 100 of whom were from Austria, was a roaring success for the country’s organic industry whose products proved hugely popular.
Heiligenbrunn celebrates 100 years of Uhudler wine
Thought of as the home of Uhudler wine, Heiligenbrunn in Austria will celebrate its 100 year of pressing this year. The product which has legally been sold since 1992 has become the small town’s trademark and this year sees it reach a historic milestone.
Cheese meet and greet around Austria
The organisation of Austrian Cheese Sommeliers (VKSÖ) have organised a series of meet and greet events in Austria in honour of cheese and wine offerings from around the world.
A glass of Weninger with Meryl Streep
The Film and Wine matinee at Votiv Kino in Vienna will showcase the talents of both actress Meryl Streep and wine producer Franz Weninger this coming March.
Vienna sidewalk cafes under threat
The streets of Vienna could look very different this summer after changes in public space regulation around the capital city. Café owner Berndt Querfeldt has raised concerns at the detrimental effects that the new legislation could have on the capital city’s culture.
Snails make a comeback at Silberwirt
Viennese vineyard snails were such a delicacy in the middle ages that for some 200 years they were traded at a snail market. This culinary tradition is now being given a new lease of life by the restaurant Silberwirt in Vienna’s Margareten district.
Opitz produces Valentine's wine with heart
Austrian winemaker Willi Opitz has produced his first wine with real heart. The producer from Illmitz has fashioned an especially sweet wine in honour of yesterday’s Valentine’s Day.
Billa offer Austria on stickers
Supermarket chain Billa are offering a chance for those living in Austria to get a fascinating look at the country at the same time as having fun with the kids.
Austrian Sekt sparkles at home and away
In these times of economic and financial crisis it seems Austrians are drinking more sparkling wine than ever. According to the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (ÖWM) some 39 million bottles of Schaumwein (regular sparkling wine) and 22.5 million bottles of Sekt (sparkling wine made using only high quality wines) have been drunk this year alone.