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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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 Allram

    After having split the parental winery in 1992 between sister Birgit and Michaela Haas, she is in...

  • Domäne Freie Weingärtner Wachau

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

  • Wolfgang

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

  • Loimer, Weingut Fred

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

  • Martinshof

    “Innovation, stubbornness and a little bit of madness” - So self describes himself Michael Martin...

  • Moric

    Roland Velich's Moric winery has revolutionized the world of Blaufrankisch wines. A niche wine m...

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Austria on Snooth

  • 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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  • Artner Zweigelt Klassik Carnuntum 2016


    Fresh pie filling aromas of raspberry, strawberry and cherry with hints of cinnamon and moist earth. On the palate this starts out with a pop of acidity and a burst of fruit sweetness - cherry, red currant and raspberry. On the mid palate this opens up with structure and finesse, floral notes of blueberry and a creamy texture. Finishes clean and... Read More

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  • Umathum Zweigelt Classic Burgenland 2015


    Burnt tar and mineral aromas with pleasant spice and red fruit notes of cranberry and dark plum. Thin, juicy and raw with notes of cranberry and raspberry and a tart finish. Read More

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  • Helmut Gangl Zweigelt Reserve Burgenland 2013


    Deep, rich and hot, this has creamy vanilla oak aromas, dark toast and heat with baking spice and graphite alongside fresh red and black fruit. This carries some varietal character on the palate accompanied by oaked creaminess and classic cranberry and cherry fruit, baking spice and chewy tannins. The smooth start here is somewhat offset by grai... Read More

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  • Anton Bauer Feuersbrunn Zweigelt Wagram 2015


    Perky cranberry and cherry aromas with fresh spice and a bit of hot pepper. Bold fruit flavors of cranberry and cherry with chewy tannins and a soft mouthfeel, this is easy drinking and pleasant on the palate with a deep, earthy and mineral finish. Read More

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  • Heinrich Zweigelt Burgenland 2015


    Smoky and tarry aromas with rich, candied cherry, cranberry and red currant fruit, pleasant spice and hints of fresh flower. This is clean and fresh tasting with more tarry earthiness, light red fruit notes of cherry and cranberry, creamy tannins, a hint of blueberry and a tart finish of plum skin and mineral earth. Read More

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  • Johannes Zillinger Velue Zweigelt Niederösterreich 2015


    Nice depth, floral aromas of raspberry and cranberry with earthy mineral notes adding another dimension. Tart, perky red fruit flavors of astringent cranberry, red currant and raspberry, this is refreshing and easy drinking, with surprising depth and a pleasant chewiness from the tannins towards the floral finish.90 pts Read More

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  • Weingut Bründlmayer Zweigelt Langenlois 2015


    Cheery cherry and raspberry compote aromas with a floral hint, a touch of chalk and pencil shavings. Medium-high acidity, tart focused fruit notes of cherry, cranberry and red currant with a bold tarry core that turns resinous towards the finish. This is generously fruited and coats the mouth nicely but finishes clean. 92 pts Read More

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  • Weingut Loimer Brut Rose Niederosterreich


    Tart, smoky cranberry and earthy tar notes, some spice, mixed berry and a bit of melon on the nose. Notes continue to the palate with thick tar and zesty acidity, a bit of cherry and a tart grapefruit and mineral finish. Read More

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