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The Wines of Austria

A vigorous wine culture with a distinguished history, plenty of energetic young winemaking talent, great indigenous grape varieties, a range of vine-friendly soils and climates, enthusiasm for the best of modern winemaking techniques—Austria has it all.

Austrian Wine Regions
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Austria's winemaking credentials go back 3,000 years or more, with vineyard cultivation established well before the Romans. As far back as the 16th century, Austrian dessert wines were prized throughout Europe. A wine adulteration scandal tarnished the industry's image in the 1980's, but immediately triggered a virtual revolution in winemaking and a renewed commitment to the strictest quality standards.

Along with differing micro-climates, Austria enjoys a great diversity of soil types, from stone and gravel to heavy clay, from volcanic and conglomerate to loess and lake sand. The mix provides excellent conditions for growing a wide range of both red and white grapes, translating their distinctive origins into the bottle. Austria is having excellent results with all the major international varieties, but its real strength shines through with a bounty of indigenous vines. And as the land that invented late-harvest dessert wines, Austria remains a leading source of these exotic, magical nectars, particularly the Ausbruch from the shores of Lake Neusiedl.

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Highlights

Gruner VeltlinerGrüner Veltliner is Austria's most widely-planted variety and a great, flexible food match, capable of making both crisp, clean quaffers and (especially in the Wachau and Kremstal) big, extracted, ageworthy wines. These lively, spicy, peppery wines have caught the attention of the international wine press in recent years and made their way onto discerning restaurant wine lists. Austrian Riesling is less well known than its German counterpart, but makes a signature statement with its dry, full-bodied style.

The most widely planted red grape is Blaufränkisch, synonymous with Burgenland but grown in many other areas. Blaufränkisch makes hearty, mouth-filling wines, by itself or in blends. St. Laurent, sometimes tricky to work with, delivers at its best wines of great focus and intensity. Zweigelt (a cross between Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent) makes wines of considerable fruit and finesse. In combination, sometimes augmented with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and other international varieties, cuvée blends of Austrian reds can hold their own with the best of Europe and the New World.

For an in-depth-view on the Austrian wines, wine regions, and wine makers, see the excellent Austrian Wine Marketing Board

 

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Weinrieder
Riesling Eiswein Schneiderberg - 375ml

2002
WAS $49.95. "This has vibrant acidity and a full range of ripe apples and candied citrus ... more >
$29.95  
Juris
St. Laurent Selection

2011
St. Laurent is a wild cross between Pinot Noir and an unknown variety. Likely originating from France, it is now native to Burgenland. In... more >
$26.95  
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