November 30, 2016

R&A Pfaffl named “European Winery of the Year”

European Winery of the Year

(November 2016) – Leading US wine importer Palm Bay International is thrilled to announce R&A Pfaffl’s selection as Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 “European Winery of the Year” – the first Austrian winery ever to receive this honor. Located just north of Vienna in the Weinviertel - Austria’s premier winegrowing region – family-owned R&A Pfaffl produces a wide range of high quality wines from indigenous Austrian varieties grown in sustainably-farmed vineyards.

The winery’s approachable, food-friendly range, “The Dot”, has played an important role in the introduction of Austrian wine to the American market with the use of inventive packaging that calls out the wine’s primary fruit aroma and flavor.

“With its simple, succinctly labeled, affordable and widely distributed brands, this family-owned winery has been integral in making the once unknown Austrian wine category a force in the American market and beyond. Playful marketing and consistently high-scoring value wines pack a winning punch.” – Wine Enthusiast

On January 30th, 2017, R&A Pfaffl will be recognized at the Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards in a black-tie gala at Nobu Eden Roc in Miami. Please follow the link to read Wine Enthusiast’s full announcement.


The Dot Family Shot


About R&A Pfaffl

R&A Pfaffl was founded in 1978 by Roman Pfaffl and his wife Adelheid. The winey, originally a working farm with less than two acres under vine, has since grown to encompass more than 200 acres planted with indigenous Austrian varieties, including Grüner Veltliner, Zweigelt and St. Laurent. Brother and sister team Roman Josef and Heidemarie have joined their parents at the helm of the winey as chief winemaker and head of marketing, respectively. Together, the Pfaffl family brings authentic Austrian wine to over 20 countries worldwide. For more visit:  


About Palm Bay International:

Palm Bay International, a dynamic family-owned company, offers one of the nation’s most comprehensive portfolios of imported wines and spirits, including over 50 suppliers from around the globe. Among Palm Bay’s most valued assets is its remarkable network of long-term partnerships with the foremost wholesale companies in all 50 states, as well as the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. With the crucial collaboration of these partners, Palm Bay’s portfolio is able to meet the needs of every level of the industry, from independent restaurants and retail stores, to chain accounts, supermarkets, hotels, airlines, cruise ships, duty-free accounts and U.S. military bases. This impressive roster of brands, accounts and relationships positions Palm Bay as a major source of fine wines and spirits and an industry leader in the U.S. marketplace. For more visit:


For further press inquiries, please contact:

Bethany Burke                                            Kristin Calmes

T: (516) 802-4736                                      T: (516) 802-4708             

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For further commercial inquiries, please contact:

The Dot Wines:                                         Pfaffl Estate Wines:

Jeff Schrier                                                 Pascal Salvatore

T: (516) 802-4798                                    T: (516) 802-4812          

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