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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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  • Nigl Freiheit Gruner Veltliner 2018  Front Label
    Nigl Freiheit Gruner Veltliner 2018
    Gruner Veltliner from Kremstal, Austria
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    • Heinrich Naked Red 2018  Front Label
      Heinrich Naked Red 2018
      Other Red Blends from Burgenland, Austria
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      • Domane Wachau Federspiel Bruck Riesling 2018  Front Label
        Domane Wachau Federspiel Bruck Riesling 2018
        Riesling from Wachau, Austria
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        • Paul Achs Lust and Leben 2018  Front Label
          Paul Achs Lust and Leben 2018
          Other Red Blends from Burgenland, Austria
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          • Brundlmayer Kamptaler Terrassen Gruner Veltliner 2018 Front Label
            Brundlmayer Kamptaler Terrassen Gruner Veltliner 2018
            Gruner Veltliner from Kamptal, Austria
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            • Heinrich Naked White 2018  Front Label
              Heinrich Naked White 2018
              Other White Blends from Burgenland, Austria
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            • Weingut F.X. Pichler Ried Loibenberg Smaragd Gruner Veltliner 2018  Front Label
              Weingut F.X. Pichler Ried Loibenberg Smaragd Gruner Veltliner 2018
              Gruner Veltliner from Wachau, Austria
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            • Prager Achleiten Smaragd Gruner Veltliner 2018  Front Label
              Prager Achleiten Smaragd Gruner Veltliner 2018
              Gruner Veltliner from Wachau, Austria
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            • Heidi Schrock Furmint 2018  Front Label
              Heidi Schrock Furmint 2018
              Furmint from Neusiedlersee, Austria
                3.2 5 Ratings
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