In relation to the size of the country, Austria has a long tradition of producing a lot of wine of high quality. After a wine scandal in the 1980s, the strictest wine law in Europe was passed. Since then, wine producers have focused on their traditional strengths and have placed a greater emphasis on producing quality and predicate wines.

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Characteristics of Austrian wine

Austrian wines are generally dry and have a fresh taste. In the past decade, young winemakers have emerged with new ideas and often very interesting wines. Previously, the climatic conditions in Austrian wine-growing regions were more suitable for white wine. However, the slowly rising temperatures are increasingly expanding the possibilities for the production of red wines.

Varieties and growing regions

The wine-growing regions of Austria are almost exclusively concentrated in the eastern states of Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria, and, to a lesser extent in terms of area, the federal capital Vienna. The mountainous west plays hardly any role in wine production.

Two-thirds of wine production is covered by white wines, the most famous of which is Grüner Veltliner. Other commonly grown grape varieties include Welschriesling, Riesling, Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Müller-Thurgau, and Chardonnay. The conditions in Styria are particularly favorable for Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Among the red grape varieties, there are Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, Blauer Portugieser, Blauburger, and St. Laurent. Pure Zweigelt wines are often perceived today as too “oaky” and alcoholic. They are rarely found at the top of rankings. However, this grape variety is often used as part of a blend to create very interesting wines. Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent are particularly suitable for this purpose, also because Zweigelt is a cross between these varieties.

The longest tradition of wine cultivation exists in the Wachau region of Lower Austria, where wine has been cultivated since the time of the Roman Empire. Since the High Middle Ages, large monasteries have been important wine producers. The Klosterneuburg Monastery still owns a significant wine brand today.

The DAC (Districtus Austriae Controllatus) designation

In Germanic wine law, the grape variety is traditionally specified, such as Riesling, while in Romanesque law, it is the wine-growing region, such as Bordeaux. With the DAC designation, Austria has been integrated into the Romanesque system. So far, 17 wine-growing regions have received such a DAC designation, which characterizes a wine with the typical taste of the region.

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Price

Colour

Volume

Producer

Country

Region

Subregion

Vintage

Grape

Taste

Pairs well with

ABV in %

Sweetness

MAGNUM
Achs Paul

Blaufränkisch

2008

  • FALSTAFF : 93/100

Spiegel 2008

95,00 Blaufränkisch

1,5 l

MAGNUM
Achs Paul

Blaufränkisch

2006

Spiegel 2006

135,00 Blaufränkisch

1,5 l

Achs Paul

Blaufränkisch

2006

Spiegel 2006

65,00 Blaufränkisch

0,75 l

Achs Paul

Blaufränkisch

2009

  • FALSTAFF : 95/100

Spiegel 2009

55,00 Blaufränkisch

0,75 l

MAGNUM
Achs Paul

Blaufränkisch

2004

  • WS : 91/100

Ungerberg 2004

150,00 Blaufränkisch

1,5 l

Altenburger Markus

Blaufränkisch

2008

  • FALSTAFF : 95/100

Jungenberg 2008

60,00 Blaufränkisch

0,75 l

Altenburger Markus

Blaufränkisch

2007

Jois 2007

40,00 Blaufränkisch

0,75 l

100,00 Merlot

0,75 l

Artner

Merlot - Syrah

2011

Massive A Red 2011

95,00 Merlot - Syrah

0,75 l

MAGNUM
FX Pichler

Grüner Veltliner

Smaragd 2007

  • WS : 91/100

Kellerberg 2007

273,00 SmaragdGrüner Veltliner

1,5 l

FX Pichler

Grüner Veltliner

Smaragd 2007

  • WS : 91/100

Kellerberg 2007

137,00 SmaragdGrüner Veltliner

0,75 l

FX Pichler

Grüner Veltliner

Smaragd 2010

  • FALSTAFF : 97/100
  • WS : 91/100

Dürnsteiner Kellerberg 2010

100,00 SmaragdGrüner Veltliner

0,75 l

FX Pichler

Riesling

Smaragd 2012

  • FALSTAFF : 96-98/100
  • WE : 93/100

Dürnsteiner Kellerberg 2012

100,00 SmaragdRiesling

0,75 l

FX Pichler

Grüner Veltliner

Smaragd 2000

M 2000

180,00 SmaragdGrüner Veltliner

0,75 l

FX Pichler

Riesling

Smaragd 2011

  • WS : 93/100

Kellerberg 2011

75,00 SmaragdRiesling

0,75 l

FX Pichler

Riesling

Smaragd 2010

  • WS : 91/100

Kellerberg 2010

70,00 SmaragdRiesling

0,75 l

Heinrich Gernot

Merlot - Zweigelt - Blaufränkisch

2002

Salzberg 2002

125,00 Merlot - Zweigelt - Blaufränkisch

0,75 l

MAGNUM
Heinrich Gernot

Zweigelt - Blaufränkisch - Merlot

2004

Gabarinza 2004

115,00 Zweigelt - Blaufränkisch - Merlot

1,5 l

Heinrich Gernot

Merlot - Zweigelt - Blaufränkisch

2006

  • FALSTAFF : 95/100

Salzberg 2006

118,00 Merlot - Zweigelt - Blaufränkisch

0,75 l

Heinrich Gernot

Blaufränkisch - Merlot

2013

  • FALSTAFF : 94-96/100

Salzberg 2013

85,00 Blaufränkisch - Merlot

0,75 l

Heinrich Gernot

Merlot - Zweigelt - Blaufränkisch

2007

  • FALSTAFF : 95/100

Salzberg 2007

125,00 Merlot - Zweigelt - Blaufränkisch

0,75 l

Heinrich Gernot

Merlot - Zweigelt - Blaufränkisch

2003

  • WE : 89/100

Salzberg 2003

145,00 Merlot - Zweigelt - Blaufränkisch

0,75 l

Franz Hirtzberger

Riesling

Smaragd 2009

  • FALSTAFF : 94-96/100

Hochrain 2009

145,00 SmaragdRiesling

0,75 l

MAGNUM
Heinrich Gernot

Merlot - Zweigelt - Blaufränkisch

2003

Salzberg 2003

247,00 Merlot - Zweigelt - Blaufränkisch

1,5 l

180,00 SmaragdRiesling

0,75 l

Franz Hirtzberger

Riesling

Smaragd 2005

  • WA : 95/100

Singerriedel 2005

195,00 SmaragdRiesling

0,75 l

150,00 SmaragdRiesling

0,75 l

Knoll

Riesling

Beerenauslese 2006

Loibner 2006

85,00 BeerenausleseRiesling

0,5 l

Knoll

Grüner Veltliner

Beerenauslese 2007

Loibner 2007

90,00 BeerenausleseGrüner Veltliner

0,5 l

Knoll

Traminer

Beerenauslese 2007

Loibner 2007

80,00 BeerenausleseTraminer

0,5 l

Knoll

Grüner Veltliner

Trockenbeerenauslese 2007

Loibner 2007

85,00 TrockenbeerenausleseGrüner Veltliner

0,5 l

HALF BOTTLE
Kracher

Chardonnay

Trockenbeerenauslese 2004

Nouvelle Vague No 9 2004

130,00 TrockenbeerenausleseChardonnay

0,375 l

HALF BOTTLE
Kracher

Scheurebe

Trockenbeerenauslese 2004

Zwischen den Seen No 4 2004

105,00 TrockenbeerenausleseScheurebe

0,375 l

HALF BOTTLE
Kracher

Scheurebe

Trockenbeerenauslese 2002

Zwischen den Seen No 10 2002

95,00 TrockenbeerenausleseScheurebe

0,375 l

HALF BOTTLE
Kracher

Muskat Ottonel

Trockenbeerenauslese 2004

Zwischen den Seen No 5 2004

55,00 TrockenbeerenausleseMuskat Ottonel

0,375 l

HALF BOTTLE
Kracher

Welschriesling

Trockenbeerenauslese 2004

Zwischen den Seen No 7 2004

55,00 TrockenbeerenausleseWelschriesling

0,375 l

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