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

  • Blaufränkisch

    This variety is really beginning to come into its own. Austrians have only recently realized what great potential red...

  • Zweigelt

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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

  • Zantho

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

  • Loimer, Weingut Fred

    The Loimer winery has 45 hectares of vineyards in the Kamptal region of Austria. In 2005, the win...

  • Esterhazy Wein

    Producer of White Wine, Red Wine, Sweet wine, Sparkling, Spirits and Delicatesses

  • Renner Winery

    In 1995, Doctors Ian and Elena Renner decided to finally plant the vineyard of their dreams, plan...

  • Wolfgang

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

  • Queen Esther

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

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Austria on Snooth

  • Hugl Gruner Veltliner 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Delicious wet mouth with a bright, crisp taste. Balanced mineral with a European dry finish. 1 liter bottle adds to the value. Big recommendation with appetizers and small bites. You can't go wrong. Read More

    Wine review by Luke the Cowboy Star


  • Leo Hillinger Zweigelt 2011

    Snoothrank:

    First impression was of a low quality cab franc or gamay, somewhat musty, gamey and perfumey. However, this wine changed with a bit of air and some food to go with it. Now there's some southern Rhone GSM quality, light tannin, plum and dark cherry. Decent acidity and a bit of that gaminess still present but more in the background. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Karl, can you go into more detail about what you drink (or want to drink) from ... ... France, northern Italy, Austria or southern Germany (more or less in that order of incidence).Specifics on good finds in those other areas are always welcome, too.  ;-)Cheer Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hi!My great love is Burgundy, red and white, let's say from the permier Cru ... little wine exported. From Austria, I prefer the (red) St. Laurent).&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Marc Aurel Gruner Veltniner Austria Gruner Veltiner 2011

    Snoothrank:

    apples, white flowers on the nose....dry....crisp finish Read More

    Wine review by mikespeer


  • Domane Wachau Gruner Veltliner Terraces 2012

    Snoothrank:

    BIG score for value in this great white wine!! Fragrant nose with notes of peach/nectarine, lime, meyer lemon, and some floral notes too. Medium bodied...full-mouth coating with great zippiness from lots of well integrated acid. More of the same fruit cocktail on the palate - lots of nectarine and maybe some ginger too. Great length with a reall... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Leo Hillinger Blaufränkisch 2010

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    Fairly light weight Austrian red from the blaufrankisch grape. Medium to dark purple, red berries, bright cherries and some decent acidity. This leans more on the acidity and less on the fruit similar to an inexpensive pinot. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Welcome, Karl! Can you tell us about wines you're drinking and liking from ... Portugal, Switzerland and Austria. Of course your special preferences from those regions where they use a lot of pinot noir, nebbiolo, merlot and cabernet franc should also be interestin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hi together!I am a passionate wine lover since 1982, having tasted a lot of ... ... Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Special prefernces: Burgundy, Piemont, Pomerol.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • NG and Jon - I think you've tried the wrong Syrah. It's far more ... ... are a few from Australia, Austria, Italy and elsewhere, but mostly it's grown only in some pockets of CA, although even there, as you point out, it can come in different styles.Syrah more so, maybe only because it's more widely grown. Syrah is much more of a chameleon tha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is it time for the Tasting of...


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