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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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  • Markus Huber Obere Steigen Gruner Veltliner 2019  Front Label
    Markus Huber Obere Steigen Gruner Veltliner 2019
    Gruner Veltliner from Austria
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  • Loimer Langenlois Kamptal Gruner Veltliner 2019  Front Label
    Loimer Langenlois Kamptal Gruner Veltliner 2019
    Gruner Veltliner from Kamptal, Austria
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    • Markus Huber Terrassen Riesling 2019  Front Label
      Markus Huber Terrassen Riesling 2019
      Riesling from Austria
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    • Nikolaihof Hefeabzug Gruner Veltliner 2019  Front Label
      Nikolaihof Hefeabzug Gruner Veltliner 2019
      Gruner Veltliner from Wachau, Austria
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    • Weingut Hirsch Hirschvergnugen Gruner Veltliner 2019  Front Label
      Weingut Hirsch Hirschvergnugen Gruner Veltliner 2019
      Gruner Veltliner from Austria
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    • Prager Steinriegl Federspiel Riesling 2019  Front Label
      Prager Steinriegl Federspiel Riesling 2019
      Riesling from Austria
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    • Prager Hinter der Burg Federspiel Gruner Veltliner 2019  Front Label
      Prager Hinter der Burg Federspiel Gruner Veltliner 2019
      Gruner Veltliner from Wachau, Austria
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