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"More Class Than Mass Production"
Austrian Wine Tasting Hosted by It's Embassy & Sumir
From left to right: Franz Ehrenleitner, director of Winzer Krems,Commercial Counselor Werner Somweber of the Austrian embassy to Seoul, Willi Klinger from the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, Kim Gi-Eun, professor for biotechnology at Seokyung University and Dr. Walter Koren, director general of Austrian Federal Economic Chamber

On the occasion of the visit of a high ranking Austrian business delegation to Korea, the embassy of Austria along with Sumir Wine Inc. hosted Austrian Wine Tasting, Seminar & Dinner. The event took place on April 2, 2007 in a Seoul hotel.

Mr. Willi Klinger from the Austrian Wine Marketing Board in Vienna together with Mrs. Kim Gi-eun, professor for biotechnology at Seokyung University in Seoul presented different wine regions in Austria. After that they provided the guests with detailed information during the wine tasting.

Also present were Dr. Walter Koren, director general of Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Franz Ehrenleitner, director of Winzer Krems Austria, Mr. Werner Somweber, commercial counselor to the embassy of Austria in Seoul and Mi Kyung Kim, president of Sumir Wine.

Mrs. Kim Mi-Kyung, president of Sumir Wine Inc., cohosted the Austrain Wine Tasting at a Seoul hotle on April 2, 2007.

Sumir Wine Inc. was established in 2005 to introduce Austrian diverse culture through importing Austrian wines and wine accessory. The company name Sumir means "the dragon which protects the sea."

Together they presented the different regions of Austria alongside with their specific wines. During the presentations the listeners had the opportunity to taste every region's wine separately.

Austria as a wine producing country is divided into four wine growing regions: "Weinland Oesterreich" comprises the federal states of Niederoesterreich (Lower Austria) and Burgenland with a total of twelve wine growing areas; "Steirerland" with its three Styrian wine regions, and "Wien" (Vienna), Austria's capital, which comprises 700 hectares of vineyards. The other states of Austria are collectively referred to as "Bergland Oesterreich" (mountain country Austria), where small vineyards are thinly scattered. The average harvest yields around 2.5 million hectolitres of wine, the largest part of which is consumed in Austria.

Numerous people attended the wine tasting, among them were media people, business officials and wine professionals. After the tasting, the guests had the opportunity to join Austrian Wine Taster's Dinner together with members of the Austrian delegation accompanying the federal president of the republic of Austria. There they could exchange their views on Austrian Korean economic ties.

The business delegation arrived with the Austrian Head of State Heinz Fischer in Seoul on Sunday, April 1, 2007. They will stay in Seoul until Wednesday, April 4, 2007. The delegation consisted of 140 people containing members of the national assembly, administration officials, business people and academics.

Mrs. Kim Mi-Kyung (center), president of Sumir Wine Inc., poses with other participants at Austrian Wine Tasting on April 2, 2007.

It is the first visit by an Austrian president to South Korea, since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1963. On Monday April 2, 2007, the president held talks with South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun, later on he will visit President of the Parliament Lim Chae-Jung. The Austrian president on Monday furthermore paid visits to a number of South Korean firms, especially those in the electronics field.

Mrs. Fischer, the president's wife, visited the home of Franziska Donner, a former Austrian who was the wife of the first president of the Republic of Korea, Syngman Rhee. Ms. Donner died in Seoul in 1992. She married Rhee, who was 25 years older than her and an exile, in New York in 1934.

The volume of bilateral trade between the two countries exceeded one milliard euros in 2004. South Korea established itself as the fourth biggest trade partner of Austria abroad. Like with many other industrialized countries, the trade between Austria and Korea concentrates largely on Korean exports, leading to a trade balance deficit for Austria. Among the goods most exported from Korea are cars, mobile phones, computer and electronic devices.






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