The traditional Carinthian honey award ceremony took place in Klagenfurt on Saturday, as part of the Carinthian family and customs fair. 270 beekeepers from across the state submitted their honey to be judged by an expert jury. The coveted “Carinthian Bears” for the best honey were awarded to beekeepers in the Völkermarkt, Spittal, Hermagor and Villach Land regions.

The aim of the award is to highlight the high quality and diversity of Carinthian honey and to raise awareness among consumers about the importance of regional and sustainable production. “The results are testament to the passion and commitment of Carinthian beekeeping businesses,” said proud president Elisabeth Thurner at the awards ceremony. This year, approximately 350 samples were evaluated by experienced beekeeping experts. In addition to the laboratory values ​​of the honey, sensory properties such as color, smell, taste and general harmony were also tested.

The 2023 honey year was very different regionally

This year’s bee year has been challenging for many beekeepers. Honey harvest varied greatly from region to region due to the cool spring and storms and floods in the summer months. New honey consultant Nicole Kummer, who chaired the expert jury, explains: “While the bee industry in the Gail and Lesachtal valleys achieved good yields, the harvest in the Lower Carinthia region left much to be desired.” Due to the weather conditions in spring, mostly forest honey was harvested this year, while flower honey flowed in small amounts.

local quality

The Carinthia Honey Award is an initiative of the Carinthia State Beekeeping Association, which has been committed to promoting and protecting native bees and beekeeping for decades. With the Carinthian honey quality seal, the quality of local honey can be easily recognized when purchasing, making a significant contribution to the protection of nature and bees in Carinthia.

more on the subject

St. Paul

“Red gold” also grows in Lavanttal

Beekeeper Thomas Posratschnig

The movie “More Than Honey” sparked the love of beekeeping

Thomas Posratschnig has been a beekeeper since 2016

Carinthia, land of fun

Guide for experts with over 1000 kitchen products

Carmen and Tina Schachinger from Grüner Heinrich – Café and Unpackaged Store

St. George

New apple festival concept causes criticism

Apple festival attracts up to 7,000 visitors at peak times

On the market in Klagenfurt

You can buy everything from fresh fish at Forellenhof Jorde

Friends and business partners: Markus Jordan (left) and Christoph Nachtigall

Cold spring, lots of rain

This year the weather is causing almost a complete loss of honey harvest

It was an extremely bad year for beekeeping

Wind sailors and honey eaters

Why does the skull moth come to us from Africa?

asdd

Honey harvest in Lower Carinthia

Up to 25 kilos of total loss per bee colony

crazy year

The consequences and complete failure of the honey harvest in Carinthia

This year's honey harvest varies regionally as well as weather conditions.  The highest yield is obtained from Carinthian forest honey

Carinthian of the Day

Arno Kronhofer speaks highly of bees

Arno Kronhofer is not only satisfied with his honey harvest.  As a beekeeper, he is particularly fascinated by the way bees live and is happy to pass on his enthusiasm to others.

in Hermagor

Austrian honey festival with three-day anniversary program

Bee girls are also busy again at the anniversary bee festival

Loss for beekeepers

Complete failure of honey harvest in Carinthia