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November 4, 2014 | Reading & Wine tasting | Autumn Splendor - literature & wine

  • Austrian Cultural Forum 3524 International Court Northwest Washington, D.C., DC, 20008 United States (map)

Autumn Splendor - literature & wine

Literature and wine are two expertises Austria is best known for. The Austrian Cultural Forum combines these two subjects. We want to welcome you to a reading by Valerie Fritsch and Andreas Unterweger, two young rising authors accompanied by a tasting of an outstanding selection of wine from Styria.

Valerie Fritsch

Born in 1989 in Graz, studies at the academy for applied photography, work as author and photo artist. Member of the Grazer plattform.

Publications in many literature magazines, anthologies and on air. Work for theatre and film texts. The debut novel Die VerkörperungEN was published by Leykam in 2011.

The account of a journey and picture cycle Die Welt ist meine Innerer (SEPTIME 2012) led Fritsch to Ethiopia, Peru, Bolivia, Russia, Croatia, Greece, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, Bangladesh, Cuba, Madagascar, India, Romania, Moldavia, Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana.

Andreas Unterweger

Andreas Unterweger is a writer and musician who was born in Graz, Austria, in 1978.
He is married and has two daughters.

His books Das kostbarste aller Geschenke (The Most Precious Gift Of All – notes, 2013),  Du bist mein Meer (You Are My Sea – novella, 2011) and Wie im Siebenten (On Cloud Nr. 7 - novel, 2009) were published by Literaturverlag Droschl.
lost brains, a multimedia-based opera (music by Wim van Zutphen, lyrics by Andreas Unterweger), received its premiere in September 2009 at Brucknerhaus Linz.

Andreas Unterweger has also been performing with his wife, the singer Judith Gschwantner, and with the band ratlos: their EP, “Morgen in Graz” (“Morning In Graz”), was released in 2008.
In 2012, Andreas Unterweger (lyrics) and the Vienna based songwriter Norb Payr (music) released the EP “Tankstellenmorgen” (“Morning At The Gas Station”) on Dornbach Records, Vienna.

The Strauss wine estate

The Strauss wine estate, started in 1810 under the name “Schopper”. In 1948 Karl and Johanna Strauss took over the business, which their son Karl, who graduated from the Fruit and Wine Growing College in Silberberg with great distinction, carried on. The two sons Karl jun. and Gustav play an active and successful role in the business. Karl jun. is a business graduate and is responsible for logistics and office. Gustav having studied at the college in Silberberg like his father, and now a master wine-grower, is in charge of the vineyards and winery, a function he performs out with great flair and success.

The Strauss wine estate, whose high-quality products are already well known and widely appreciated beyond the region’s borders, is located in Steinbach, near Gamlitz. The enormous Gamlitzberg is the largest single wine-growing area in southern Styria.

With perfect climate conditions the Strauss vineyards are located on ideal south-facing slopes with optimum soil properties for the grape varieties of the highest quality.

The following wines will be presented:

  • Stauss Muskateller Frizzante
  • Strauss Samling 88 (Scheurebe) 2013
  • Strauss Pinot Blanc Classic 2013
  • Strauss Sauvignon Blanc Classic 2013
  • Strauss Cuvee Julia reserve red

In cooperation with the American-Austrian Cultural Society.

When: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: $ 15 (limited seats - tickets required) | Please register at