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THE WINEMAKING PARADISE ON
THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE ALPS
Austria is a wine country of great originality and its own unique wine culture, influenced largely by tavern culture in which wine-making families make a wide range of wines for sale to customers. Wine has been made here for at least 3 millenia, and today Austria produces world-class dry white wines which are widely praised by the wine press the world over. There are also serious reds being made by talented growers, and some of the best sweet wines on earth. Austria has its own range of unique grape varietals, and these will be found in all these styles of wine.
The Alps dominate the western and southern parts of Austria while the eastern provinces - including Vienna, the capital - lie in the Danube basin. Until the end of World War I, Austria had been the centre of a vast empire, which controlled much of central Europe for centuries. Austria is now a federal republic, consisting of nine states.
Austria has a rich cultural heritage. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart occupies a place of his own as a composer, while the music of Franz Schubert also enjoys great popularity. In the world of philosophy and ideas, the work of Siegmund Freud continues to provoke controversy, while Ludwig Wittgenstein was one of the major influences in 20th century philosophical thinking. In art, the paintings of Gustav Klimt from the late 1800s are widely admired. Austria has a mixed industrial and agricultural economy, while tourism is also an important source of income.
Austrian wine tradition
Austria’s wine tradition is long standing and dates back to Celtic and Roman times. We love these wines as the country is producing some of the most exciting white wines in all of Europe, with reds rapidly catching up. In 1985, after some producers were found to have been adding diethylene glycol to their wines to increase sweetness, a new wine law was adapted in 1991. The result is perhaps the most stringent regulations in regards to limiting yields and grape sugar content (which must be natural). The result is some of the cleanest and best made wines in the world.
Most of the vineyards are found close to the Danube River where volcanic rock and loess rise up to reveal a unique sense of place found within the wines. A continental climate gives Austria a long growing season. Top growers in the Wachau, for example, often times pick at the end of November. Arizona’s hot climate makes our Austrian wines a must have on wine lists and retails stores. The clean mouthfeel and nose, crisp acidity, and minerality are a great way to refresh the palate and beat the heat.
The diversity of Austrias wine-growing regions and the unique quality of vintners and vine varieties make Austrian wines a delightful complement to any meal. With roughly 48,000 hectares (ha) of cultivated vineyards, 32,000 registered winemakers and 6,500 estates that bottle on-site, Austria’s wine industry focuses more on quality than on sheer quantity. Top wines are estate-bottled, while other growers generally supply their crop to local production cooperatives or the country’s wine cellars.
Austrian wine producers are found overwhelmingly in the eastern part of the country:
- Lower Austria
Niederösterreich is Austria's largest quality-wine-growing area. This designation stands for a big variety of different wine styles of international and indigenous grape varieties with Grüner Veltliner covering 44%. There are eight specific wine-growing regions in Niederösterreich, stretching from the Wachau in the west to Carnuntum in the east. These can be divided into three major climatic zones: the Weinviertel in the north, the region along the river Danube, with its adjoining valleys to the west of Vienna, and the warmer Pannonian part in the south-east of Niederösterreich.
Pannonian Niederösterreich refers to the region situated south and east of Vienna, and is home to some of Austria's most exciting and outstanding red wines.
Full-bodied and rich red wines are produced under the influence of the hot, continental Pannonian climate, in the eastern region of Burgenland. Within this area, there are many distinctions that play an equally important role. For example, the Eisenberg hill in the most southerly part of Burgenland, enjoys a complex soil structure and touch of refreshing climatic influences from neighbouring Steiermark, that provide ideal growing conditions for Blaufränkisch and other red wine varieties with fine mineral characters and unmatched elegance.
The innovative and pioneering wine producers in Burgenland are the regions biggest asset and most certainly the reason behind their successful wine economy. This is often why their wines have received so many awards and accolades in recent years, even with international varieties and full-bodied red wine blends.
There are undoubtedly other wine-growing regions with more weighty and alcohol-richer wines, but seldom does a region offer such a brilliantly fresh and elegant style of region-typical wines as in southern Steiermark.The three designated Styrian wine-growing regions all offer their own local speciality, and are situated in the south of the federal state of Steiermark. Towards the west, the spicy Schilcher Rosé dominates, a variety that truly expresses its terroir amongst the unique and picturesque undulating hills. In the Sausal region and along the Südsteirischen Weinstraße, the idyllic wine road that meanders through the vineyards, the aromatic Sauvignon Blanc and Gelber Muskateller varieties reign, and towards the south-eastern region, known as the Vulkanland for its remains of volanic activity, the trio of aromatic varieties is rounded off with Traminer, a real treat for connoisseurs.
Until recently, wines from Wien, or the wine-growing region of Vienna, Austria's capital city, were regarded as being simple 'Heuriger', or wine tavern wines. Nowadays, they enjoy cult status and are listed in gourmet restaurants. This paradigm shift is thanks to a small number of forward thinking producers, who revived the traditional Viennese wine blend, the 'Wiener Gemischte Satz', which is now internationally acknowledged as being a truly Austrian wine. The significance of Wiener Gemischter Satz as the showpiece of Vienna's wine sector combined with the strong desire for a protected designation of origin convinced the Regional Wine Committee of Vienna to apply for DAC (Districtus Austriae Controllatus) status for the wine. With this, Wiener Gemischter Satz became Austria's ninth DAC designation of origin. The first Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC wines to be released are from the 2013 vintage.
Yet is viticulture really possible in a capital city? In some parts of the world, vines are planted just for show, a mere tourist attraction. But Vienna is different. The 612 hectares of planted vines play a significant economical role, provide a sustainable amount of greenery around the city, and form the basis for high quality wines.