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 of soils: slate 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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Varietals Produced in Austria View all

  • Grüner Veltliner

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

  • 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...

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 Hajszan

    At the beginning of 2002 there was a vision: The production of excellent vines. Only a few varie...

  • Queen Esther

    The Julius Hafner Winery is located in the quaint town of Moenchhof, approx. 50 km (35 miles) fro...

  • Wieninger

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

  • Weingut Willi Opitz

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

  • Mayer am Pfarrplatz

    As old as the history of Vienna itself is the history of its wine. In the Third Century A.D., the...

  • Weingut Stadt Krems

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

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Austria on Snooth

  • "Surely there is not another language that is so slipshod and systemless, ... ... a former girlfriend from Austria, especially when she would pepper her endearments with 'schatzi'.  ;-) I'm with you, Greg. Never have had a New World riesling from *anywhere* that touches the German or Austrian or Alsatian versions.The Montelena riesling I had w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thursday (possibly into and...


  • Well Damn!  A Lemberger (aka Blaufrankisch).  Al are you sure you ... ... a strange grape from Austria?  I'm going to become the Champion of Lemberger here.  I am a fan.  Mind you, the stuff from Washington is higher alcohol, probably more temperature days for sure.  I glad you gave it a whirl anyway.  Two years in oak!?  Wow.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • I should say that we've only been interested in collecting wine in a wine ... ... Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Iceland, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.  The worst wine we have ever tasted was made in Vietnam.  The best wine we have ever tasted was made in Napa Valley (Barnett). The is... Read More

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  • Good points.BTW - that Morgon by JP Brun is a really good place to start. Good ... Africa, Uruguay, Argentina, Austria, many states in the US and well, the rest of the world.You're starting well. Keep it up.And you can find tasting descriptions here and there - you can take courses for the WSET or some sommelier association, etc., and they'll ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine description terms


  • Mark - barrels are a whole subject unto themselves. The go-to guy for info ... ... and of course in Hungary and Austria they used their native oak. Some of the species are the same - the trees in Tokaj are the same as those in Alliers, and some are different - the oak in Missouri is not the same as that in France, although both are oak.  Only ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • Jon - Kékfrankos is the name for BF in Hungarian! "Kék" ... Chianti in the 1970s and in Austria in the 1970s, and there's some really good bikaver made these days. The composer Franz Liszt, who was Hungarian, loved the bikaver from Szekszárd and the first references to that wine are about the Szekszárd version. But only in Eger were you able to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Got Blaufrankisch?


  • The proportion will increase non-CA with subsequent pages in their listings, ... Italy and maybe Greece or Austria or. Expecting too much, I know, but. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!


  • Josef Bauer Grüner Veltliner Wagram 2008

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    Wine review by akiye


  • Sounds like a nice memory of your visit.In Germany and particularly Austria I've been with lots of people at home and even out  who mix sparkling water of various sorts with wines, often white, creating in-effect a wine spritzer. Very common in the summer time, and something that can be lightly refreshing and a tasteful alternative to, say, an O... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Mueller Thergeau


  • Abbazia di Novacella in northern Italy (aka Austria) makes a good MT that isn't too hard to find. It is on the dry side though.http://www.snooth.com/wine/abbazia-di-novacella-muller-thurgau-2013/(And mixing sparkling water, club soda or seltzer with wine is called a Spritzer. This is a very common drink all over the world - though I, like EMark,... Read More

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