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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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

    Blaufränkisch is the most important Austrian red variety to many Austrian vintners despite the fact it is not the mos...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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

  • Domäne Freie Weingärtner Wachau

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

  • Weingut Hajszan

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

  • Weingut Stadt Krems

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

  • Kögl

    Prlekija, the land between the rivers Mura and Drava, is a colorful world of terraced vineyards, ...

  • Queen Esther

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

  • Zantho

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

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Austria on Snooth

  • Zvy-Gelt Zweigelt Niederösterreich 2013


    expansive, generous fruit with lots of floral notes - ripe juicy red berries and cherries, fresh spice and a touch of savory earth. Bright and juicy on entry with a tart and tarry, thick streak of tannins and earth welling up on the mid palate, violet petals and dark plum, blueberry notes and a finish of licorice and herb.90 pts Read More

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  • Una Sunny Red Zweigelt Burgenland 2015


    Elegant and floral aromas of light wood shavings and perfumed cherry. Palate has potpourri, plum and spice with a rich mouthfeel and lots of floral notes, a hint of zesty acidity, tart cranberry and mixed berry, finishing with streaks of tannin and wooded notes. Read More

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  • Zantho Zweigelt Burgenland 2016


    Earthy, dry and floral with hints of molasses and nicely integrated spice on the nose. This is approachable and pleasant with tart red fruit notes of cranberry, sour cherry and raspberry, a touch of licorice root, mineral earthiness, warm heat and plum skin, finishing with chewy tannins and a bit of varietal tarriness. Read More

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  • Erich Sattler Zweigelt Burgenland 2015


    Creamy aromas are intriguing on the palate with a bit of dark chocolate and tarry earth, a bit of blueberry and black currant. Strong flavors of cranberry and sour cherry with fresh acidity livening the palate, this is a spicy and bold wine with lots of varietal character - smoked berry, cherry and warm moist earth. Overdelivers on zesty, refres... Read More

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  • Johanneshof Reinisch Zweigelt Thermenregion 2016


    Darkly smoked and austere on the nose with black and red fruit notes of black currant and cranberry. Full bodied and fruit forward with notes of cranberry, blackberry and cherry, this has searing acidity and bowls of spice, tart, smoky character and astringency and a tarry, earthy finish. An assertive wine with lots of personality. Read More

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  • Netzl Zweigelt Classic Carnuntum 2016


    Pleasantly soft and floral aromas of cherry and strawberry. Clean and direct on the palate with good varietal character, smoky and tart notes of cranberry and raspberry with deep fruit and full body, enveloping spice and a finish of chocolate cherries and refreshing acidity. This has a touch of medicine and bitter herb on the mid palate that add... Read More

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  • Diwald Grossriedenthaler Loss Zweigelt Wagram 2015


    Dark purple color with tart burnt aromas of spice and mixed berry, cranberry and fresh violet flowers. Zesty and bold with high acidity on the palate, a bit of medicine, concentrated cherry and cranberry fruit with a tingling, herbal finish. Read More

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  • Biokult Zweigelt Pinot Noir Burgenland 2017


    Intriguing and alluring aromas of lightly floral cherry, fresh spice and warm earth, this is elegant and richly fruited. Tart on entry with impressive delivery of ripe red fruit notes of cherry and raspberry, this turns a bit tarry with some bitterness on the mid palate, a hint of cola, toast and forest floor, resin and a finish of cranberry and... Read More

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  • Hugl Weine Secco Zweigelt Rose Niederösterreich


    Soft cherry and raspberry aromas, ripe and generous with light herb and fresh cut flowers and a hint of baby powder. On the palate this is tart and light with notes of cranberry and cherry, red currant and burnt caramel with a finish of dark berries and milk chocolate ganache. Read More

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  • Hugl Weine Zweigelt Rose Niederösterreich


    Light, lightly citrusy aromas of tart grapefruit, cherry and cherry blossom, strawberry and honeysuckle. A bit effervescent and lively on the palate this carries tart cherry and plum skin flavors, fresh strawberries, cut flowers and bright acidity. Its a bit candied towards the finish with a bit of citrus and herb at the very end.90 pts Read More

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