Austria Wine Country
Austria wine country has long traditions of winemaking. Viticulture is an absolute gem of Austria’s millennia-old culture. At the same time, the country is a pioneer and a role model for modern and quality-oriented agriculture. With the help of a young, creative generation of winemakers, wines from Austria have made it to the international top.
About the Success of Austrian Wines
Austria wine country advertises itself with the seven elements of successful winemaking: climate, landscape, grape varieties, culture, environment, value, and taste.
So, the particular geographical location is the most important factor for the production of excellent wines. Besides, Austria wine country also impresses with a beautiful landscape of mountains, lakes, lush green meadows, and great cities.
The range of grape varieties is made up of international varieties as well as indigenous ones. Furthermore, Austria wine country captivates with a culture that is thousands of years old and which has been passed down further and further. Medieval villages and baroque monasteries and castles characterize the landscape of Austrian wine regions. Environmental protection in viticulture is also very important in Austria wine country as well as the support of small production. That’s the reason why family businesses dominate the wine scene instead of large mass businesses.
Wine Tourism in Austria
Wineries from many Austrian wine regions have taken the way to wine tourism and offer a diversity of experiences from wine tastings and tours to packaged wine holidays. Austrian wine regions provide authentic wine experiences involving nature, local culture, heritage, and gastronomy.
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Due to the compact body of the wines and their climate-related freshness, Austrian wines are good companions of different cooking styles.
65% of the vineyrads is planted with white grape varieties such as Grüner Veltliner (Austria’s most important white wine variety) Welschriesling, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Blanc and 30% with red grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Blaufränkisch.
Austrian Wine Regions
Due to the suitable climate, viticulture is concentrated in the east of the country and where four major Austrian wine regions are located. Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria, and Vienna are further divided into their generic wine-growing areas and combine 17 specific wine-growing areas.
The wine with the indication of origin, which must come from these 1 7 growing areas to comply with the European law of designation of origin, is recognizable by the white and red striped banderole.
Lower Austria – Dominated by Grüner Veltliner
Lower Austria includes the smaller wine-growing regions of Weinviertel, Kamptal, Kremstal, Wachau, Wagram, Traisental, Carnuntum and the Thermenregion.
Lower Austria is the largest winemaking region in the country located on the banks of the Danube River. It is also home to the world-famous winemaking area of Wachau. Lower Austria is one of the most historical Austrian wine regions, in terms of the history of viticulture that extends back to the Bronze age. Visit Lower Austria, discover ancient wine traditions, cosy villages and local delights cooked from the finest fresh products.
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The Grüner Veltliner dominates in the Weinviertel, which is slightly acidic and characteristic of spicy, peppery notes. In the Kamptal, Kremstal, Wachau and in the Traisental, Riesling is also grown in addition to the Grüner Veltliner.
Carnuntum is more known for red wines from the Zweigelt (violet reflexes, strong tannins, sour cherry) and Blaufränkisch (forest berries, strong acid) varieties. And in the thermal region, you can find the Zierfandler, Rotgipfler, St. Laurent and Pinot Noir.
Burgenland – In the Land of the Red Wines
Burgenland is one of the most important Austrian wine regions in terms of producing red wines. The Zweigelt is particularly at home in Vienna’s Neusiedlersee region. But in the areas of Leithaberg, Mittelburgenland, and Eisenberg the Blaufränkisch is mainly grown. The soils of this region (clay, sand, rubble) prove to be the ideal basis for the cultivation of the Blaufränkisch, not only because of their good water storage capacity in connection with the heat-regulating influence of the nearby Lake Neusiedlersee.
The region of Burgenland is one of the main Austrian wine regions. It is located approximately one hour away from the city of Vienna in the east part of Austria wine country and shares a border with Hungary. As a result of this, many of the Burgenland wines are similar to Hungarian wines. The wineries in this region are famous for their particular style of architecture known as ‘Wine Architecture’. Burgenland is not only a wine region, but also a wonderful holiday destination for all who visit.
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The typical Blaufränkisch from Burgenland, which comes on the market under the name Mittelburgenland DAC, has a dark ruby red color. The complex bouquet combines aromas of blackberries, dark cherries, and blackberries combined with spicy notes reminiscent of herbs and mint. Smoky notes of a barrel-aging are perfectly integrated by the density and aroma variety of the Blaufränkisch. The distinctive fruit is carried on the palate by a balanced acidity. In the finish, the Blaufränkisch presents itself with a juicy, distinctive tannin core.
Styria – Where the Schilcher Grows
Styria, which provides with its picture book landscape a perfect place for beautiful hikes, is as well famous for the blue Wildbacher. This variety grows in Schilcherland and is an old red wine variety from which the Rosé Schilcher is made, which is characterized by racy acidity and is also often drunk as an aperitif.
location of the region provides it with a wonderful Mediterranean climate that allows the production of unique Austrian wines. Along with excellent wine, Styria is also known for its wonderful and diverse gastronomy. Styria provides the perfect location for food and wine lovers from around the world.
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In southern Styria, however, Sauvignon Blanc, Muskateller, and Pinot Blanc dominate, while it is the Welschriesling in the Styrian volcanic region.
Urban Wines of Vienna
Around the beautiful and picturesque city of Vienna, 637 hectares of vineyards are an essential economic factor and serve to preserve the green belt and are the basis for high wine quality. The wine Wiener Gemischter Satz in particular is also internationally known. It is a wine that is produced from different grape varieties that are cultivated together in a vineyard and that are also harvested together and processed into wine. This wine must contain at least three different grape varieties that have been read and processed together so that it can bear the name Gemischter Satz.
Travel to Vienna, which is one of the few cities in Europe with vineyards still within the city limits. Discover an authentic Heurigen culture that has been a major part of life in Austria wine country. This culture sprang to life when law allowed the local wine growers and producers to serve food with their wine. Traditionally, wine taverns called Heuriger serve young wines from the same year with simple food in a lovely rustic atmosphere.
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