Austrian Wine

Austria is located in the heart of Europe and is known for incredibly dry whites of exceptional quality. Lesser known to the United States are Austria’s red wines which range from classic fruity reds to powerful Reserves. In past years, Austrian wines have been lumped in with their neighbors Germany and Alsace, but recently the Austrian Wine industry has taken America by storm, gaining headway with its most popular grape: Grüner Veltliner a.k.a. GruV, an acidic white grape characteristically described by white pepper, green apple and citrus. Twenty-five years ago, Austria is said to have been a different wine country. In 2008, the country exported more than ever before and is expected to increase steadily for a number of years to come. Austria’s wines are produced in the Weinland Österreich in the far Eastern corner of the country surrounding Vienna and is divided into sixteen key winemaking regions. Each region varies in climate from hot to cool and is made up of a combination Read more »

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Constance Chamberlain

Wine Marketing Professional for Austria, Chile, and Pernod Ricard, millenial wino,WSET Diploma student, freelance wine writer, permanent Greek wine supporter. My favorite wine regions are generally those that are the lesser-known, come find out why!

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Popular wines made in Austria under $20

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Varietals Produced in Austria View all

  • Zweigelt

    History of the grape:  Zweigelt was created in 1922 by Fritz Zweigelt at the Institute of Viticulture and Pomology in...

  • Blaufränkisch

    Blaufränkisch is the most important Austrian red variety to many Austrian vintners despite the fact it is not the mos...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Grüner Veltliner

    Grüner Veltliner (spelled Gruener when the umlaut is not present and also known as Weissgipfler, Manhardsrebe Grüner...

Subregions of Austria

  • Burgenland

    Burgenland is a major wine-producing region located in Austria’s southeast. It is Austria’s war...

  • Niederösterreich

    The Niederösterreich region of Austria (meaning lower Austria) is the country's largest wine-grow...

  • Styria

    Styria, otherwise known as Steiermark, is the southern-most wine producing region in Austria. Unl...

  • Vienna

    Vienna (Wien) is both the capital of and a very important winemaking region within Austria. Altho...

  • Wien

    Wien, otherwise know as Vienna, is living proof wine can come from what is considered to be "a bi...

  • Donauland

  • Südsteiermark

Popular Wineries in Austria View all

  • Weingut Stadt Krems

    Historically, Weingut Stadt Krems arose from two sources. The first source is the property of the...

  • Wolfgang

    Wolfgang's Gru-Vee wines showcase remarkable examples of Austria's heralded Gruner Veltliner grap...

  • Weingut Willi Opitz

    In the past years we were able to receive a lot of success with our wines all over the world. Man...

  • Lachini Vineyards

    Ron & Marianne Lachini began with a dream to start a small, family-owned estate vineyard focused ...

  • Wieninger

    “Viennese wine” and “Wieninger” are nearly synonymous. Much of the prestige of Vienna’s wines can...

  • Zantho

    The wines from ZANTHO are made in cooperation of Umathum winery and Wolfgang Peck from Winzerkell...

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Austria on Snooth

  • Paul Achs Lust & Leben Burgenland 2014

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    Spicy and earthy with an herbal note of black pepper and rich smoke on the nose. Light, tart and juicy with chewy tannins and generous cranberry and cherry fruit on the palate, this dusty and dry wine does perk up on the finish with a burst of acidity, dried prune fruit and perfumed oak spice. Read More

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  • Anita and Hans Nittnaus Pannobile Burgenland 2013

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    Fresh spice and floral cherry blossom aromas with rich fruit notes of raspberry, cherry and red currant on the nose. Silky textured and warming on the palate with a delicate blend of raspberry and cherry fruits meeting bold acidity and baking spice with just enough tannic structure to meld perfectly into a balanced, enjoyable and unassuming but ... Read More

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  • Kirnbauer Das Phantom Burgenland 2015

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    A combination of Blaufränkisch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah. Earth, dark spice and bold fruit aromas with a stately blend of black cherry, blackberry and black currant fruit on the nose, somehow restrained even in its expression. Dark and brooding on the palate with stormy black cherry and blackberry fruit roiled by strong tannins, bol... Read More

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  • Nastl Klassik Cuvée Zweigelt-Merlot Niederösterreich 2015

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    Soft clay and stone earth aromas with some savory spice and a spiky heat somewhat obscure the cherry and cranberry fruit notes. There's no missing the fruit on the palate though, with a bold generous palate of cherry, cranberry, strawberry and red currant on entry that gives way to a pleasant jaunty spice towards the finish of zesty acidity, dar... Read More

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  • Biokult Zweigelt Pinot Noir Burgenland 2014

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    Floral licorice notes with soft sawdust aromas and fruit notes of plum, black cherry and savory minerality. Round and juicy on the palate with blue and red fruit notes - mostly black cherry, red currant and bilberry with a richly creamy textured body, soft tannins and a puff of light smoke and fertile earth on the finish. Read More

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  • Heinrich Red Burgenland 2015

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    Made with each one of the heritage family grapes, Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, and Sankt Laurent. Dark raisin and plum aromas with a toasted smoky richness and soft red fruit notes. Bold and assertive on the palate with zippy acidity, full bodied cinnamon spice and black pepper, and fruit notes of cranberry and sweet cherry, this finishes with a cor... Read More

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  • Fritsch Pinot Noir Wagram 2012

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    Warm brown sugar and ripe cherry notes with a chunky melon and fresh strawberry note. A bit savory and earthy on the palate with cinnamon spice leading the charge for a warm mixed berry and cherry palate of ripe fruit, finishing tart and compact with some cranberry fruit, light mushroom notes and some sticky tannins lending complexity to the fin... Read More

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  • Stadlmann Pinot Noir Classic Thermenregion 2015

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    Raspberry, red currant and cherry with a fading floral note and a hint of earth. This is full of earth and round floral fruit notes of strawberry, mixed berry and cranberry, tart but quite juicy and expressive with touches of medicine and eucalyptus leaf, falling into a soft smoky and earthy finish. Read More

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  • Forstreiter Pinot Noir Reserve Niederösterreich 2013

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    Tart cranberry and focused cherry aromas with a pleasant warm spice and hints of blueberry and violet. A bit chunky in the mouth with dark plum and zesty cherry fruit, fresh but bold acidity and bright spice, some eucalyptus leaf and earth towards the finish. Read More

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  • Malat Pinot Noir Reserve Furth-Palt Niederösterreich 2013

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    Tart, spicy and floral with a bit of heat and ripe cherries on the nose. Herbal on entry with tart cranberry, licorice root and birch bark, bright, sharp acidity and a thick streak of tannin coming through with a bit of sticky resin and maple syrup, finishing with a warm spice and a touch of cream. Read More

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