A Viennese economic expert whose extraordinary vinegar-honey creation has been awarded a prestigious prize revealed why he decided to enter uncharted territory.
Dr Matthias Kopetzky’s Oxymel was named Farm And Craft Organic Product of the Year at the ‘Bio Oesterreich’ (Organic Austria) Fair which recently took place in the Lower Austrian town of Wieselburg.
According to the Wiener Bezirksimkerei (Viennese District Apiculture) cooperative, oxymel is based on an old recipe which merges vinegar (oxy) and honey (meli).
The product’s creator, Dr Kopetzky, is one of the beekeepers who teamed up to establish the cooperative.
Dr Kopetzky – who started beekeeping nine years ago – is one of Austria’s most renowned economic experts who is regularly asked to give his assessment of the circumstances in high-profile financial crime trials.
Speaking about his award-winning product, Dr Kopetzky said: “We haven’t invented oxymel. It is based on an ancient recipe which fell into oblivion.”
Dr Kopetzky said his team’s aim was to “revive” the vinegar-honey syrup concoction.
He underlined: “It’s a brilliant mixture with a great range of tastes that has multiple fields of application.”
The Viennese District Apiculture’s oxymel assortment consisting of 24 small jars of different flavours costs EUR 89 (GBP 78). It can be purchased at the cooperative’s online store.
The association of apiarists says on its website: “Oxymel can be enjoyed as an elixir, as a hot or cold drink but also to season dishes.”
Dr Kopetzky said: “Usually I’ve got quite a busy schedule as an economic expert, so I really enjoy spending time at our hives. I love participating in beekeeping.”
More than 1,200 samples from 622 manufacturers from all nine Austrian provinces were examined by a six-member jury of experts ahead of the organic fair award ceremony.
Around 120 organic firms presented their wide food and non-food product range at the event in Wieselburg.