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Appreciated for superior wines made from indigenous varieties, Austria should be on the radar of any curious wine drinker. A rather cool and dry wine growing region, this country produces wine that is quintessentially European in style: food-friendly with racy acidity, moderate alcohol and fresh fruit flavors.

Austria’s viticultural history is rich and vast, dating back to Celtic tribes with first written record of winemaking starting with the Romans. But the 20th century brought Austria a series of winemaking obstacles, namely the plunder of both world wars, as well as its own self-imposed quality breach. In the mid 1980s, after a handful of shameless vintners were found to have added diethylene glycol (a toxic substance) to their sweet wines to imitate the unctuous qualities imparted by botrytis, Austria’s credibility as a wine-producing country was compromised. While no one was harmed, the incident forced the country to rebound and recover stronger than ever. By the 1990s, Austria was back on the playing field with exports and today is prized globally for its quality standards and dedication to purity and excellence.

Grüner Veltliner, known for its racy acidity and herbal, peppery aromatics, is Austria's most important white variety, comprising nearly a third of Austrian plantings. Riesling in Austria is high in quality but not quantity, planted on less than 5% of the country’s vineyard land. Austrian Rieslings are almost always dry and are full of bright citrus flavors and good acidity. Red varietal wines include the tart and peppery Zweigelt, spicy and dense Blaufränkisch and juicy Saint Laurent. These red varieties are also sometimes blended.

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  • Domane Wachau Beerenauslese Terrassen (375ML half-bottle) 2012 Front Label
    Domane Wachau Beerenauslese Terrassen (375ML half-bottle) 2012
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    • Leth Steinagrund Gruner Veltliner 2012 Front Label
      Leth Steinagrund Gruner Veltliner 2012
      Gruner Veltliner from Austria
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    • Pratsch Rotenpullen Gruner Veltliner 2012 Front Label
      Pratsch Rotenpullen Gruner Veltliner 2012
      Gruner Veltliner from Austria
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    • Domane Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Riesling 2012 Front Label
      Domane Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Riesling 2012
      Riesling from Wachau, Austria
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      • Pratsch Zweigelt (1 Liter) 2012 Front Label
        Pratsch Zweigelt (1 Liter) 2012
        Zweigelt from Austria
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        • Loimer Lois Gruner Veltliner 2012 Front Label
          Loimer Lois Gruner Veltliner 2012
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          • Meinhard Forstreiter Gruner Veltliner Kremser Kogl 2012 Front Label
            Meinhard Forstreiter Gruner Veltliner Kremser Kogl 2012
            Gruner Veltliner from Austria
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            • Loimer Kamptal Gruner Veltliner 2012 Front Label
              Loimer Kamptal Gruner Veltliner 2012
              Gruner Veltliner from Austria
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            • Domane Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Gruner Veltliner 2012 Front Label
              Domane Wachau Federspiel Terrassen Gruner Veltliner 2012
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            • Domane Wachau Smaragd Terrassen Gruner Veltliner 2012 Front Label
              Domane Wachau Smaragd Terrassen Gruner Veltliner 2012
              Gruner Veltliner from Austria
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              • Pfaffl Zeiseneck Gruner Veltliner 2012 Front Label
                Pfaffl Zeiseneck Gruner Veltliner 2012
                Gruner Veltliner from Austria
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                • Wieninger Wiener Gemischter Satz 2012 Front Label
                  Wieninger Wiener Gemischter Satz 2012
                  Gruner Veltliner from Austria
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                • Laurenz V Charming Gruner Veltliner 2012 Front Label
                  Laurenz V Charming Gruner Veltliner 2012
                  Gruner Veltliner from Kamptal, Austria
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                • Markus Huber Hugo Gruner Veltliner 2012 Front Label
                  Markus Huber Hugo Gruner Veltliner 2012
                  Gruner Veltliner from Traisental, Austria
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