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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Varietals Produced in Austria View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • Wolfgang

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

  • Mayer am Pfarrplatz

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

  • Domäne Freie Weingärtner Wachau

    Domäne Wachau is one of Austria’s most established, yet most innovative wineries. The new team th...

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Austria on Snooth

  • Any perspective on this at $24, Greg? J&J Eger, Egri Kékfrankos ... ... as Blaufränkisch (Austria) and Lemberger (Germany)—came to fruition in the mid-2000s and has quickly become one of Hungary’s most celebrated reds.The revival of this wine and region has been met with incredible success. Regarding fame, Eger is arguably a region that outshi... Read More

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  • Sparkling Brut Schlumberger Methode Traditionnelle 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Meinklang Burgland White 2014


    Screw top, nice citrus with a hint of sweetness on the finish, great price point Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Szigeti Gruner Veltliner Brut Oesterreicher Sekt Burgenland


    Light citrus aromas. Good balance of melon and lemon notes on the palate with fresh acidity, a bit of a waxy note and a finish of lemon pith. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Stefan Pratsch Sauvignon Blanc Kittel Austria 2016


    Fresh, floral and herbal citrus aromas of lemon balm and grapefruit with light melon notes. Zesty and juicy on the palate, dominated by grassy citrus fruit notes of lemon, lime and grapefruit with a finish that let's up on the acidity replacing with creamy almond and green apple notes.90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Paul Achs Lust & Leben Burgenland 2014


    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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Anita and Hans Nittnaus Pannobile Burgenland 2013


    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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Kirnbauer Das Phantom Burgenland 2015


    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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Nastl Klassik Cuvée Zweigelt-Merlot Niederösterreich 2015


    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

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Biokult Zweigelt Pinot Noir Burgenland 2014


    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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